- Lawrence, Ellis F. (Ellis Fuller), 1879-1946
- Ellis Fuller Lawrence papers
- 1909-1929 (inclusive)19091929
11 linear feet
- Collection Number
- Ax 056
- Ellis F. Lawrence was an American architect. Conllection includes correspondence, architectural drawings, and photographs relating to projects undertaken by Lawrence & Holford, or McNaughton, Raymond & Lawrence, mainly in Oregon and Washington, from 1909 to 1924.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
1299 University of Oregon
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Historical NoteReturn to Top
Ellis Fuller Lawrence (November 13, 1879–February 27, 1946) was an American architect, working primarily in the U.S. state of Oregon. Ellis F. Lawrence was born in Malden, Massachusetts and received both his bachelor's and master's degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the first school of architecture in the United States. After graduation in 1902, Lawrence worked for several architectural firms then traveled in Europe.
In 1906 he planned to move to San Francisco, but after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake he decided to settle in Portland, Oregon instead. He lived in Portland the rest of his life and commuted to his work in Eugene. He was a member of the architecture firm Lawrence, Holford, and Allyn.
In 1914, he helped found and was the first dean of the University of Oregon's School of Architecture and Allied Arts. Lawrence also planned the UO campus and designed many campus buildings, including the Knight Library and the Museum of Art. Lawrence Hall on the university campus is named in his honor. His body of work includes churches, residences, commercial and industrial buildings, funerary buildings, multi-family residences and public buildings.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Collection comprises the papers of American architect Ellis F. Lawrence, including correspondence, architectural drawings, and photographs relating to projects undertaken by Lawrence & Holford, or McNaughton, Raymond & Lawrence, mainly in Oregon and Washington, from 1908 to 1958. Residential and public architecture projects in the collection including parks, churches and temples, and several University of Oregon buildings. Collection also includes personal and professional correspondence, articles and speeches, and other documents concerning architectural matters in general. Correspondence totals about 4,000 letters, the bulk of which date from 1909 to 1958. Records and correspondence by Fuller as Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Oregon are not included in this collection.
Photograph series consists of portraits of Lawrence and documentation for 512 architectural projects undertaken by Lawrence & Holford, or McNaughton, Raymond & Lawrence, mainly in Oregon and Washington, from 1909 to 1929.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|Guide to the Ellis Fuller Lawrence papers|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Architecture--Oregon--20th century--Designs and plans
Form or Genre Terms
- Architectural drawings
- Architectural photographs
- Architectural records