Inventory of the A. Jane Duncombe Architectural Collection, 1952-2002 Duncombe, A. Jane 2002-004

Inventory of the A. Jane Duncombe Architectural Collection, 1952-2002

A Collection in
the International Archive of Women in Architecture in Special Collections


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Collection number
2002-004
Title
A. Jane Duncombe Architectural Collection, 1952-2002
Physical Characteristics
2.0 cu. ft.
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the A. Jane Duncombe Architectural Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: A. Jane Duncombe Architectural Collection, Ms2002-004 - Special Collections, University Libraries, Virginia Polytechnic and State University.

Acquisition Information

Architect A. Jane Duncombe donated her papers to the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) at Virginia Tech during the period spanning 1991-2003.


Biographical/Historical Information

A. Jane Duncombe, born in 1925 in Ontario, Canada, graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago's School of Industrial Design where she studied under Marya Lilien. During World War II Lilien was the first woman to receive an architectural degree in Poland and was a Charter Apprentice at Taliesin. Lilien told Duncombe early in her studies, "You must be an architect, you have it!" Lilien's insight predicted Duncombe's apprenticeship under Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin from 1948-1949. After working for a year in the Chicago area and in Canada, Duncombe moved to San Francisco to work with Lois Davidson Gottlieb, also a graduate of Taliesin. The Val Goeschen House (a one-room unit with 576 square feet in Inverness, CA) was the first collaboration between Gottlieb and Duncombe, with Gottlieb serving as chief architect and Duncombe as a project laborer. Following the Val Goeschen project, Gottlieb and Duncombe formed Duncombe-Davidson, a Sausalito based design team. Between 1951 and 1956, Duncombe-Davidson designed residences throughout Marin County, CA. Duncombe continued to practice in the San Francisco Bay area for forty years where she completed a broad range of projects.

Scope and Content Information

The A. Jane Duncombe Architectural Collection span the years 1952 to 2002. The papers consist primarily of architectural drawings, as well as some printed material including plan sheets, articles, and printouts of digital images. The collection documents various residential and other projects upon which Duncombe worked, one in Illinois and the rest in California.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series of drawings and biographical material. Drawings are arranged chronologically according to project.

Contents List

Series I: Drawings, 1957-1996
  • Oversize 1
    Residence for Dr. K. L. Duncombe, Downers Grove, Illinois

    Pages 1,3,4,8,9, August 1957

  • Oversize 1
    Duplex Apartments for Paul Potts, Mill Valley, CA

    Pages 1-2, June 1974

  • Oversize 1
    House for Strawberry Point, Marin County, CA

    Pages A1-A9, January 20, 1975

  • Oversize 1
    Sausalito Blvd. Duplex Apartments, Sausalito, CA

    Pages A1-A5, A7, A8 March 1975

  • Oversize 2
    Poulson House, Mill Valley, CA

    Pages A1-A5, September 1975

  • Oversize 2
    Two Houses, Santa Rosa, CA

    Pages A2-A4, July 1977

  • Oversize 2
    Reynold's Duplex Remodeling, Tiburon, CA

    Pages A1-A5, November 1977

  • Oversize 2
    A New Carport for Mr. and Mrs. John Boyce-Smith, Inverness, CA

    Pages A1-A2, January 1978

  • Oversize 2
    McCabe House, Occidental, CA

    Pages A2-A7, May 1978

  • Oversize 3
    Cooper House, Tiburon, CA

    Pages A3-A9, February 1980

  • Oversize 3
    North House, Mill Valley, CA

    Pages A1-A2, A5-A10, 1, 3, September 1981

  • Oversize 3
    Remodeling + Additions, Carvolth House, Mill Valley, CA

    Page 2, October 1984

  • Oversize 3
    House on O'Neil Alley, Amador City, CA

    Pages 1-8, July 1986

  • Oversize 3
    House on O'Neil Alley, Amador City, CA

    Blueprints, pages 1-8, July 1986

  • Oversize 3
    House on Gross Alley, Amador City, CA

    Pages 1-9, October 1986

  • Oversize 4
    Joyce Thurkauf's House, Amador City, CA,

    Pages 1-9, May 1987. See also Series II. Biographical Material.

  • Oversize 4
    Amador Hotel, Amador City, CA

    Pages S1-S2, January 1993

  • Oversize 4
    Alterations, Wolcott House, Amador City, CA

    Page 1, July 1993

  • Oversize 4
    House for Frances Farmer, Amador City, CA

    Pages 1-8, December 1993, revised January 1994

  • Oversize 4
    Office Building for Jane Bardin, Jackson, CA

    Pages 1-6A, October 1996

  • Oversize 4
    Duplex Townhouses, Tiburon, CA

    Pages A1-A2, n.d.

  • Oversize 4
    Odell-Ackley Residence, Inverness, CA, n.d.
Series II: Biographical Material, 1954-2001
Folder: 1

Biographical essay, copies of articles about and plan sheets and printouts of digital images of various projects including Shelter Hill (Mill Valley, CA), Marin Convalescent and Rehabilitation Hospital (Tiburon, CA), White Oaks Theater (Carmel Valley, CA), and various residences.