A Guide to the Melita Rodeck Architectural Collection, 1931-2003, bulk 1960-1990 Rodeck, Melita Architectural Collection Ms1992-028

Melita Rodeck Architectural Collection 1931-2003, bulk 1960-1990

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Collection Number Ms1992-028


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Processed by: Sherrie A. Bowser, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1992-028
Title
Melita Rodeck Architectural Collection, 1931-2003, bulk, 1960-1990
Physical Characteristics
10.7 cu. ft. 2 boxes; 30 oversize folders
Creator
Rodeck, Melita
Language
English
Abstract
The Melita Rodeck papers consist of architectural drawings designed by her while in private practice and as an employee of the U.S. federal government.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Melita Rodeck Architecture Collection, Ms1992-028 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Melita Rodeck Architectural Collection was donated to Special Collections in 1992, 1993, 1997, and 2003.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Melita Rodeck Architectural Collection commenced and was completed in January 1998. The 2003 addition was processed in 2012.


Biographical Information

Melita Rodeck was born on April 12, 1914, in Milan, Italy, to Austrian parents. After the outbreak of World War I her family returned to Vienna where she was educated. She enrolled at the Vienna Polytechnic in 1932 to study architecture, and immigrated to the United States in 1939. Upon arriving in the United States she spent four years volunteering in the Harlem slums. In 1950 she moved to Washington, D.C., and worked for the General Services Administration of the U.S. federal government. She became a registered architect of the District of Columbia in 1952 and established her own office in 1958, where she designed residences in Maryland and Virginia and restored townhouses in Washington, D.C.

From 1968 to 1973 Rodeck worked as an architect for special research projects at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, then from 1973 to 1980 as a coordinator for architectural research for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She was a program manager of Radiological Emergency Preparedness Programs for the Federal Emergency Management Agency from 1980 to 1985 and designed guidelines to minimize or eliminate flood damage to buildings. She retired from federal government work in 1985.

Rodeck was a devout Catholic and in the 1960s established the Regina Institute of Sacred Art, an organization dedicated to aiding Catholic parishes in their design and decoration efforts. The institute aimed to educate parishioners about the emotional impact of and psychological need for good design.

Scope and Content

The Melita Rodeck collection consists of architectural drawings designed by her while in private practice and as an employee of the U.S. federal government. The collection also includes various pieces of literature she wrote for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Arrangement

The collection has been divided into four series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Project Records, and Artwork.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Architectural drawing--20th century.
  • International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA)
  • Women-owned architectural firms.
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Architectural drawings.
  • Occupations:

  • Architects.

Contents List

Personal Papers, 1960-2003
  • Clippings, 1960-2003
    • Box-Folder 1:1
      Rodeck, 1964, 1984, 1987, 2003
    • Box-Folder 1:2
      Rodeck's Foggy Bottom residence, 1960-1961, 1981,1991-1992, and undated
  • Box-Folder 1:3
    Correspondence, 1992, 1997, 2001, and undated
  • Box-Folder 1:4
    Linoleum/woodcut prints by Rodeck
  • Box-Folder 1:5
    Photographs of Rodeck
  • School Work, 1933, 1971-1972
    • Item 1 roll
      Drawing, Entwurf fur ein kinder walderholungsheim [possibly schoolwork due to the language]
    • Folder 19
      Presentation drawing, classical building, 1933
    • Box-Folder 1:6
      Neighborhood Commons Open Space [for Masters degree in City and Regional Planning], 1971
    • Box-Folder 1:7
      Thesis: Flood Plain Management - A Search for a Unified Policy [for Masters degree in City and Regional Planning], December 1972
Professional Papers, 1961-1984
  • Clippings, 1961-1968
    • Box-Folder 1:8
      American Assocation of University Women (AAUW), 1967-1968
    • Box-Folder 1:9
      Melita Rodeck and Associates Architects and Engineers, 1961 and undated
    • Box-Folder 1:10
      Neighborhood Commons, 1963
  • Box-Folder 1:11
    Curriculum Vitae, 1968, 1982, and undated
  • Publications, 1968-1984
    • Box-Folder 1:12
      Space and Utilization Plans and Design Criteria for Army Guest House, Department of the Army, Office of the Chief of Engineers, 1968
    • Box-Folder 1:13
      Construction--Space and Planning Criteria for U.S. Army Service Schools, Technical Manual, 5-843-1, for Department of the Army, 1970.
    • Box-Folder 1:14
      Interim Guidance for Two-Step Construction Contracting, Contracting Department, for the U.S. Army, 1971.
    • Box-Folder 1:15
      Historic Preservation--Booklet from the Office of the Chief of Engineers, 1972.
    • Box-Folder 1:16
      Elevated Residential Structures, FEMA publication, 1976, 1984.
    • Box-Folder 1:17
      Manual for the Construction of Residential Basements in Non-Coastal Flood Environs, HUD, Federal Insurance Adminstration publication, 1978
    • Box-Folder 1:18
      Flood Emergency and Residential Repair Handbook, FEMA, 1979.
    • Box-Folder 1:19
      Flood Plan Management Tools for Alluvial Fans, Study Plan, prepared for FEMA, 1980
    • Box-Folder 1:20
      Design Guidelines for Flood Damage Reduction, FEMA publication, 1981.
    • Box-Folder 1:21
      Flood Plan Management Tools for Alluvial Fans, Master Plan, prepared for FEMA, 1981
  • Box-Folder 1:22
    Regina Institute
  • Writings, 1963-1969
    • Box-Folder 1:23
      Design and the Church, various articles, 1963-1965
    • Box-Folder 1:24
      People's Space, American Association of University Women, 1969
Project Records, 1949-1975
Arrangement

The following is a list of Rodeck's projects from 1949-1975. It has been divided into five subseries: Church/Community Projects; Commercial/Residential Projects; Furniture/Miscellaneous; Government; and Urban Planning.

Project/Client Name (location, date) [Format - Dr=Drawings, Ph=Photographs, Sp=Specifications, PB=Presentation Boards]

  • Church/Community Projects, 1951-1968
    • Box-Folder 2:2
      Alter [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2:2
      Alter - walnut , [Dr]
    • Folder 2
      Folder 24
      Archbishop's private chapel, [ Dr, PB]
    • Folder 2
      Aylesford Chapel, The National Scapular Center (Downers Grove, IL, 1959) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2:2
      Banner of Resurrection, drawing [Dr]
    • Folder 3
      Blessed Martin Hospice Settlement House, conversion, 138 12th Street N.E. (1961) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2:1
      Campus Chapel, University of Maryland, platform and altar (College Park, MD) [Dr]
    • Folder 3
      Chapel of the White Fathers, renovation (Washington, D.C., 1967) [Dr]
    • Folder 4
      Church interior [ Dr ]
    • Folder 4
      Church interior - JHS [ Dr ]
    • Box-Folder 1:25
      Folder 4
      Claretian Chapel, proposed modernization of chapel (1967-1968) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2:5
      Classroom module [ Dr ]
    • Folder 3
      Community Coffee House, St. Mary's Church, 730 23rd Street N.W. [Dr]
    • Folder 3
      The Consolata Fathers, Missions Seminary , ( Buffalo , NY , 1958 ) [ Dr ]
    • Box-Folder 2:1
      Box-Folder 2:3
      Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross, proposed dormitory building (Washington, D.C.) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2:3
      General Education Center [ Dr ]
    • Folder 13
      Gethsemani Infirmary ( 1952 ) [ Dr ]
    • Folder 2
      Holy Comforter Church, proposed sanctuary remodeling (Charlottesville, VA, 1966) [Dr]
    • Folder 2
      Holy Rosary Church, alterations to meeting room, confessional (Washington, D.C., 1963 ) [Dr]
    • Folder 4
      Hospital chapel for 106 [ Dr ]
    • Box-Folder 2:3
      Box-Folder 2:1
      Immaculate Conception Chapel (Washington, D.C.) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2:3
      Medical building, colored pencil exterior rendering [Dr]
    • Folder 1
      Folder 25
      Neighborhood Commons (1964) [Dr, PB]
    • Folder 3
      Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, preliminary sketches for the shrine (Hamilton, MA, 1951) [Dr]
    • Folder 3
      Our Lady Star of the Sea, alterations (Indian Head, MD, 1960) [Dr]
    • Folder 4
      Parish Hall [ Dr ]
    • Folder 1
      SS Paul and Augustine Commons (Washington, D.C., 1964) [Dr ]
    • Folder 4
      St. Catherine's Church, landscaping (McConchie, MD, 1959) [Dr]
    • Folder 4
      St. Ignatius' Church, landscaping (Hilltop, MD, 1959) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 1:27
      Box-Folder 2:4
      Folder 5
      St. Stephens Church/Parish Center, alterations (Washington, D.C., 1964-1966) [Dr, Sp]
    • Folder 25
      St. Thomas Parish, listed as Regina Institute (Seattle, WA) [PB]
    • Folder 1
      Youth Center, concept studies (1967) [Dr]
  • Commercial/Residential Projects, 1949-1975
    • Box-Folder 2:4
      Abbot, Bernice , writing desk [Dr]
    • Folder 14
      Adler, John J., alterations to residence (Watertown, NY, 1949) [Dr]
    • Folder 6
      Apartment house, proposed alterations, 2110-19th Street N.W. (Washington, D.C., 1960) [Dr]
    • Folder 9
      Argus Builders, 9 unit apartment building, Atlantic Street, S.E. (Washington, D.C., 1966) [Dr]
    • Folder 12
      Folder 17
      Calcara, Frank , store and apartment building (1967) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 1:26
      Folder 15
      Capitol Mansions, Inc., restoration of residence (Washington, D.C., 1965) [Dr, Ph]
    • Folder 12
      Carbone, Donald, cottage, Chesapeake Ranch Club (1965) [Dr]
    • Folder 15
      Chilton Washington Corp., restoration of residence (Washington, D.C., 1965) [Dr]
    • Folder 11
      Clements, Everett, townhouses, Hughes Mews N.W. (Washington, D.C., 1963) [Dr]
    • Folder 11
      Clements, Everett, townhouses, 2513 Eye Street N.W. (Washington, D.C., 1963) [Dr]
    • Folder 16
      Coller, Harry, proposed store remodeling (Washington, D.C., 1966) [Dr ]
    • Folder 11
      Co-Op apartments, proposed alterations to lodging house (Washington, D.C., 1961) [Dr]
    • Folder 12
      Crocker, John S., alteration and addition (Washington, D.C., 1965) [Dr]
    • Folder 6
      Efficiency units, 15 units, typical floor plan [Dr]
    • Folder 8
      Engle, Morris, Harrigan's, proposed restaurant (1959) [Dr]
    • Folder 16
      Furth, Hans, alterations and additions (Washington, D.C., 1964) [Dr]
    • Folder 14
      Garner, Julian H., residence ( Washington, D.C., 1959) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2:4
      Gross, William , living room [Dr]
    • Folder 26
      Gunston Library [PB]
    • Folder 15
      Harris, Forest K., flat conversion (Washington, D.C., 1963) [Dr]
    • Folder 17
      Heyn, Paul C., woodwork for living room (Hyattsville, MD, 1969) [Dr]
    • Folder 13
      Hotel Prince Frederick, (Prince Frederick, MD) [Dr]
    • Folder 9
      Jehle, Philip F.,addition to residence (Parkwood, Mont. Co., MD, 1962) [Dr]
    • Folder 9
      Folder 17
      Jett, Page C., addition to residence (Prince Frederick, MD, 1965) [Dr]
    • Folder 9
      Kaufman, Arthur, residence remodel (Washington, D.C., 1966) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 1:26
      Folder 12
      Kirkwood Builders, apartment renovation (1965) [Dr, Ph]
    • Folder 15
      Kraemer, Frank W., restoration and flat conversion (Washington, D.C., 1965) [Dr]
    • Folder 9
      Lee, M.B., reinforced concrete retaining wall (Washington, D.C., 1967) [Dr]
    • Folder 15
      Macgregor, Bruce, flat conversion (Washington, D.C., 1965) [Dr]
    • Folder 11
      May residence, proposed patio (Alexandria, VA, 1962) [Dr]
    • Folder 14
      Folder 17
      McBride, Robert J., apartment house conversion (Washington, D.C., 1960) [Dr]
    • Folder 14
      McBride, Robert J., alterations to residence ( Washington, D.C., 1960) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2:6
      Miscellaneous interior/exterior renderings (11) [Dr]
    • Folder 6
      Miscellaneous residential renderings (2) [Dr]
    • Folder 14
      Mondlock, Marguerite, residence (Port Republic, MD, 1964) [Dr]
    • Folder 12
      Morris, Albert V., alterations to residence (1961) [Dr]
    • Folder 11
      Odarenko, T.M., alterations to residence (Washington, D.C., 1960) [Dr]
    • Folder 10
      Peon, N. Camara, residence (1960) [Dr]
    • Folder 3
      Professional Office Building, ( 1960) [Dr]
    • Folder 9
      Protos, Stephen D., reinforced concrete retaining wall (Silver Spring, MD, 1967) [Dr]
    • Folder 17
      Folder 30
      Queen Anne's Lane Project, (Washington, D.C., 1960) [Dr]
    • Folder 18
      Reed, Sidney, residence [PB]
    • Folder 11
      Rice, Josephine T., addition and remodeling (Washington, D.C., 1962) [Dr ]
    • Folder 7
      Rodeck, Melita , residence, 801-25th Street N.W. (Washington, D.C., 1960) [Dr]
    • Folder 7
      Rodeck, Melita , flat conversion and addition, 2512 Eye Street N.W. (Washington, D.C., 1965, 1971) [Dr]
    • Folder 7
      Rodeck, Melita , proposed flat conversion, 2511 Eye St. N.W. (Washington, D.C., 1963) [Dr]
    • Folder 7
      Rodeck, Melita, alterations to flat, 213 10th Street S.E. (Washington, D.C., 1967) [Dr]
    • Folder 7
      Rodeck, Melita, Saltbox 3228, Monterey Place, lot 4 (1975) [Dr]
    • Folder 11
      Roumel, Aristotle and Theodore, residence (Washington, D.C., 1963) [Dr]
    • Folder 12
      Russin, Jonathan, restoration of residence (1966) [Dr]
    • Folder 8
      Seigel, Leonard M., proposed office building (Washington, D.C., 1965) [Dr]
    • Folder 16
      Singer, Louis, addition to residence (Washington, D.C., 1965) [Dr]
    • Folder 11
      Smith, William J., residence remodel (1962) [Dr]
    • Folder 10
      Thorman, Burton, addition to residence (Arlington, VA, 1961) [Dr]
    • Folder 10
      Thornton, Ruth E., restoration of residence (Washington, D.C., 1964) [Dr]
    • Folder 10
      Van der Reyden, apartment (Washington, D.C., 1958-1959) [Dr]
    • Folder 12
      Van Mater, B., addition to residence (1961) [Dr]
    • Folder 26
      VIP Lounge, [PB]
    • Folder 11
      Wallace, Mary, residence (Dare's Beach, MD, 1958) [Dr]
    • Folder 8
      Wallins, Sam, proposed auto repair shop (Watertown, NY, 1966) [Dr]
    • Folder 10
      Watters, James , remodeling of residence (1961) [Dr]
    • Folder 16
      Folder 17
      Weinberg, Milton, 6 unit apartment building, 2913 30th Street SE (Washington, D.C. 1966) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 1:25
      Folder 16
      Folder 18
      Weinberg, Milton, 6 unit apartment building, 4016 Livingston Road, S.E. (Washington, D.C., 1966) [Dr, PB]
    • Folder 16
      Folder 17
      Weinberg, Milton, 12 unit apartment building, 117 Atlantic Street SE (Washington, D.C., 1966) [Dr]
    • Folder 11
      Yahraes, Marjorie, addition to residence (Washington, D.C., 1962) [Dr]
    • Folder 10
      Yeager, Inez, residence (Accokeek, MD, 1959 ) [Dr]
    • Folder 12
      Zeiger, Leon, draughter's bedroom (1967) [Dr]
    • Folder 10
      Ziglar, Robert, addition to residence (1968) [Dr]
  • Furniture/Miscellaneous, 1966 and undated
    • Box-Folder 2:6
      Duckboard, 6'x10' (1966) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2:6
      Sofa, walnut or teak [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2:6
      Tea cart, walnut [Dr]
  • Government, 1953-1966
    • Folder 27
      Andrews Air Force Base, traffic check house (Washington, D.C., 1959) [Dr]
    • Folder 27
      Andrews Air Force Base, alterations to Air Com facility, building 1558 (Washington, D.C., 1962 ) [Dr]
    • Folder 27
      Andrews Air Force Base, Hanger and Shops, Boiler House (MD, 1955) [Dr]
    • Folder 27
      Andrews Air Force Base, modification of Hanger, building 1-180 (Washington, D.C., 1959) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2:5
      Barracks [Dr]
    • Folder 29
      District Training School. Department of Welfare, Holly Cottage, Dogwood Cottage (mechanical and electrical drawings) (Laural, MD) [Dr]
    • Folder 29
      District Training School. Department of Welfare, renovation of basements om Pine, Oak, and Maple Cottages (Laural, MD, 1966) [Dr]
    • Folder 28
      Federal Records Center, replace roof (Alexandria, VA, 1953) [Dr]
    • Folder 17
      Guest house concept study [Dr]
    • Folder 18
      Folder 28
      Health, Education and Welfare, South Building, dental clinic renovation (Washington, D.C., 1953) [Dr]
    • Folder 28
      Office of the Post Engineer, rehabilitation of Mess Hall, building 18 (Fort Belvoir, VA, 1957) [Dr]
    • Folder 28
      U.S. Naval Radio Research Station, annex building for 60 foot antenna (Sugar Grove, WV, 1961) [Dr]
    • Folder 28
      U.S. Naval Research Laboratory--Stairway and Hallway Fire Protection, various buildings. plans for buildings 1, 12, 13, 30 (1959) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2:5
      Unit Entertainment Center [Dr]
  • Urban Planning, 1960, 1975, and undated
    • Box-Folder 2:4
      Air rights development in Foggy Bottom, architectural drawing (Washington, D.C., 1975), [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2:3
      Box-Folder 2:4
      Folder 27
      Foggy Bottom Park [Dr, PB]
    • Folder 13
      Elevated In-Town Heliport (1960) [Dr]
    • Folder 13
      High rise city for two hundred thousand, design concept [Dr]
    • Folder 27
      Ideal Neighborhood [PB]
    • Folder 1
      Potomac Plaza, proposed [Dr]
Artwork, 1931 and undated
  • Folder 30
    Abstract prints, metallic (3)
  • Folder 28
    Charcoal, portraits (2)
  • Folder 20
    Pencil, Vienna, 1931
  • Folder 20
    Sketchbooks (2)
  • Folder 23
    Various mediums (4)