A Collection in Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2008-071
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Betty L. Moss Architectural Collection,
268 containers; 56.75 cu. ft.
The Betty L. Moss Architectural Collection contains the architectural renderings, business correspondence/notes of Betty Moss,
an architect from New Orleans, Louisiana. Types of structures included in drawings are houses, apartment buildings, condominiums,
religious centers, businesses, antique shops, offices, hospitals, and centers for convalescence.
Permission to publish material from the Betty L. Moss Architectural Collection must be obtained from Special Collections,
Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Betty L. Moss Architectural Collection,
Ms2008-071 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
The Betty L. Moss Architectural Collection was donated to Special Collections in 2008.
The processing, arrangement and description of the Betty L. Moss Architectural Collection commenced in May, 2008 and was completed
in December, 2008.
Betty Anne Lipper was born in 1921 in Houston, Texas, to Lawrence Lipper and Betty Silverman. Betty Lipper married Hartwig
Moss II and had two children. Moss attended Newcomb College and Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as the
University of Missouri School of Journalism in Colombia, Missouri, and received a bachelor's in journalism from Tulane in
1942. Moss later returned to Tulane in the 1950s and earned a bachelor's degree in Architecture in 1960. After over forty
years, Moss was awarded a master's degree in architecture from Tulane in 2004. Starting her practice in her 40s, Moss continued
to work for more than four decades and produced designs for many houses and small office buildings in New Orleans. An outspoken
defender of building preservation and conservation, Moss ardently defended against the demolition of the Rivergate (an exhibition
center) on Canal Street in New Orleans. The Rivergate was demolished; and, Moss and Abbye A. Gorin wrote a six-minute film
about the structure. After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, Moss composed plans for rebuilding and safety
guidelines for disaster prevention. Betty Moss died October 22, 2007.
The Betty L. Moss Architectural Collection contains the drawings and business correspondence/notes of Betty L. Moss, an architect
from New Orleans, Louisiana, practicing largely in the second half of the twentieth century. Structures appearing in drawings
include: houses, apartment buildings, condominiums, religious centers, businesses, antique shops, offices, hospitals, and
centers for convalescence. The locations of most projects center around New Orleans, Louisiana; but, some structures were
designed for Texas, Mississippi, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Idaho. These drawings include projects that were constructed,
as well as others that may not have been built. Projects range from plans for the design of the Moss residence made in 1950
to proposals drafted after Hurricane Katrina's devastation of New Orleans in 2005. Architectural designs on illustration
board, some tinted, date from Moss's study at Tulane University. Correspondence includes letters to and from clients, professionals,
and tradesmen. Interoffice notes and pages from catalogs illustrating fixtures also appear.