A Guide to the Elsa Leviseur Architectural Collection, 1950-1990 Leviseur, Elsa, Architectural Collection Ms1990-007

Elsa Leviseur Architectural Collection, 1950-1990

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1990-007


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1990-007
Title
Elsa Leviseur Architectural Collection, 1950-1990
Physical Characteristics
13.2 Cubic Feet
Creator
Leviseur, Elsa, b.1932
Location
Please note: Boxed materials in this collection are in off-site storage and requires 2-3 days notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.
Language
English
Abstract
Born 1932. Practiced architecture and landscape architecture in South Africa, England, and California. Projects include designs for the Hollywood Bowl and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association in California. Papers consist of files, photographs, specifications, and architectural drawings of designs done mostly in the 1980s.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Elsa Leviseur Architectural Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Elsa Leviseur Architectural Collection, Ms1990-07, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The records were donated in January 1990 by Elsa Leviseur to the International Archive of Women in Architecture housed in the Special Collections Department of the University Libraries at Virginia Tech.

Processing Information

Processing of the papers was completed in September 1990 by Laura Katz Smith, Manuscripts Curator, and V.M. Abelsen, student assistant, Special Collections Department. The intellectual orgianization of the finding aid was changed and an EAD version created by Harvey Clark, November 2010.


Biographical/Historical note

Elsa Leviseur is an architect of Los Angeles, California, born in South Africa in 1932. She earned a B. Arch. at the University of Cape Town School of Architecture in 1954 and a M. A. in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of California at Los Angeles Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning in 1980. She has been principal of Leviseur Architects in Santa Monica, California, since 1983. She was Principal of Architerra in Los Angeles from 1986 to 1989 and Project Manager of The Tanzmann Associates from 1980 to 1983. She worked in other architects offices and in private practive in England from 1960 to 1969 and in South Africa from 1954 to 1959.

Leviseur taught at Manchester Polytechnic in England in the early 1990s, and at the University of California, Los Angeles from 1984 to 1989. She has been a member of the Association for Women in Architecture since 1974 (she served as President in 1978), and was a founding member of Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility and member since 1984

Scope and Content

The materials in the collection consist of architectural drawings, photographs, specifications, correspondence, news clippings, scrapbooks, and other materials.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into three series: I. Personal Papers; II. Professional Papers; and III. Project Records.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Architectural drawing -- 20th century
  • International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA)
  • Women -- History
  • Occupations:

  • Architects
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Architectural drawings

Contents List

Personal Papers, 1953-1954, 1980, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 1
    2
    B.A. Thesis, University of Cape Town--Photonegatives of Art Training Center, 1953
  • Box-Folder 18
    16
    Curriculum Vitae
  • Folder 6
    Landscape Sketches, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 1
    14
    Folder 6
    Master's Thesis--An Interpretive Ferry Service for the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area, 1980
  • Box-Folder 1
    3
    Peter--Racing Car Design--Photographs, 1954
  • Folder 6
    Folder 10
    Photographs, Photo Plates, and Fixed Line Siver Halide , n.d.
  • Folder 6
    Season's Greetings-Salutation-Fixed Line Silver Halide, n.d.
Professional Papers, 1980-1985
  • Box-Folder 1
    19
    Folder 6
    Association for Women in Architecture Conference (Scripps College, Claremont, California)--Women Up Front: Architectural Options, 1982
  • Box-Folder 13
    3
    Chronology of Year's Transmittals and Correspondence, 1985
  • Box-Folder 1
    13
    Roosevelt Island Competition, Fixed Line Zinc Halide, 1975
  • Box-Folder 13
    2
    Santa Monica Multi-family Housing Rehabilitation (Santa Monica, California)--Description of firm qualifications for project, 1984
  • Box-Folder 1
    15
    Box-Folder 13
    1
    Box-Folder 13
    3
    Stationary for Leviseur Architects, c.1980s
  • Folder 6
    Women in Environmental Design-Program Announcement, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 13
    1
    Writings by and about Elsa Leviseur, 1984
Project Records, 1956-1986
Scope and Content

The following is a list of architectural projects carried out by Elsa Leviseur and/or her firm Leviseur Architects.

Arrangement

The Project Index is a way to organize the various formats of architectural records from the same project. The index is arranged alphabetically by project and contains information, where available, about the location, date, project type, architect, collaborators, photographers, and formats for each project in the collection.

Project Index

A summary of the Project Index is listed below:

Project/Client Name (location, date, project type, architect) Collaborator (role), Photographer [Format - Ms=Manuscripts, Dr=Drawings, Ph=Photographs, Sl=Slides, PB=Presentation Boards, Sm=Specifications Manual]

  • Summary of Project Index
    • Box-Folder 1
      4
      List of Projects, 1956-1985
    • Box-Folder 1
      7
      Folder 4
      Anstey Addition (Westerham, Kent, Great Britain, 1967, residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • Box-Folder 1
      8
      Folder 4
      Anstey Residence (Dale Pembs, Wales, 1967-1968, residential) [Dr, Ph, Ms]
    • Box-Folder 1
      9
      Folder 4
      Anstey Vacation Cottage (Dales, Wales, 1969, residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • Folder 3
      Borun Addition (Los Angeles, CA, 1977, residential) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 1
      1
      Camps Bay Residence (Cape Town, South Africa, 1950, Residential) [Ph]
    • Box-Folder 18
      1-3
      Box-Folder 18
      8
      Folder 7
      Castro Crest Trailhead (Santa Monica Mountains, California, 1986, Landscape) [Dr, Ph, Ms, Sm]
    • Folder 4
      Center Landscaping (Unknown, Unknown, 1984, Landscape) [Dr]
    • Folder 4
      Chambers Addition (Sherman Oaks, California, 1980, Residential) [Dr]
    • Folder 5
      Cherry Residence (Santa Monica, California, 1976, Residential) [Dr]
    • Folder 3
      Delaney Addition (Los Angeles, California, 1977, Residential) [Dr]
    • Folder 4
      Dembeck/Warshaw Landscaping (Los Angeles, California, 1984, Landscape) [Dr]
    • Folder 8
      Dewey Residence (Unknown, Unknown, 1988, Residential) [Dr]
    • Folder 1
      Drabkin Addition (Brentwood, California, 1976, Residential) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 13
      8-10
      Folder 8
      Edna Erspamer Duplex (Santa Monica, California, 1985, Residential) [Dr, Ms, Sl, Sm]
    • Folder 5
      Fitzerald Duplex (Manhattan Beach, California, 1984, Residential) [Dr]
    • Folder 5
      Fitzerald Duplex Addition (Manhattan Beach, California,1984, Residential) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 13
      5
      Folder 5
      Fitzgerald Residence (Manhattan Beach, California, 1984, Residential) [Dr, Ms, Sm]
    • Box-Folder 18
      14
      Fleischer Landscape (Los Angeles, California, 1987, Landscape) [Ms]
    • Box-Folder 1
      10
      Folder 1
      Fleischmann Addition (Brentwood, California, 1975, Residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • Box-Folder 13
      4
      Feuer Landscaping (Malibu, California, 1985, Landscape) [Ms]
    • Box 14
      Box-Folder 15
      1-13
      Box 16
      Folder 10
      Gould Residence-Phase 1 and Phase 2 (Pacific Palisades, California, 1984-1989, Residential) [Dr, Ms, Sm]
    • Box-Folder 15
      14-19
      Box-Folder 16
      1-11
      Hart Residence (Topanga, California, 1984-1988, Residential) [Ph, Ms, Sm]
    • Box-Folder 18
      15
      Folder 7
      Henick Landscape (Santa Monica, California, 1988, Landscape) [Dr, Ph]
    • Folder 7
      Hershey Residence (Pacific Palisades, California, 1986, Residential) [Dr]
    • Folder 5
      Hinerfeld Residence (Los Angeles, California, 1986, Residential) [Dr]
    • Box 2
      Box 19
      Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles, California, 1982-1988, Commercial) [Ms]
    • Box 7
      Folder 8
      Hollywood Bowl-Display/Sales Area (Los Angeles, California, 1983-1984, Commercial) [Dr, Ms, Sm]
    • Box-Folder 9
      17-21
      Hollywood Bowl-Marquee (Los Angeles, California, 1983-1984, Commercial) [Dr, Ms, Sm]
    • Box-Folder 3
      10
      Box-Folder 6
      8
      Folder 6
      Hollywood Bowl-Museum (Los Angeles, California, 1982-1985, Graphic Design) [Dr, Ph, PB, Ms, SM]
    • Box 10
      Hollywood Bowl-Restaurant (Los Angeles, California, 1983-1984, Commercial) [Dr, Ms]
    • Box-Folder 3
      6
      Box-Folder 8
      9
      Box-Folder 10
      11
      Folder 7
      Hollywood Bowl- Season Ticket Office (Los Angeles, California, 1983-1984, Commercial) [Dr, Ph, Ms, Sm]
    • Folder 4
      Hollywood Bowl-Studio Club (Los Angeles, California, 1980, Commercial) [Dr]
    • Folder 4
      Horatio West Court Planting (Santa Monica, California, n.d., Landscape) [Dr]
    • Folder 3
      Jager Addition (Unknown, Unknown, n.d., Residential) [Dr]
    • Folder 8
      Kelly, Tom, Photo Studio Addition (West Hollywood, California, 1985, Residential) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 1
      11
      Folder 5
      Knight Landscape Addition (Brentwood, California, 1973, Residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • Folder 4
      Long Addition (Mandeville Canyon, California, 1978, Residential) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 17
      13-15
      Folder 5
      Mayer Landscaping (Sherman Oaks, California, 1986-1987, Landscape) [Dr, Ms, Sl]
    • Folder 2
      Mendelsohn Residence (Westwood, California, 1975, Residential) [Dr]
    • Folder 4
      Nelson Swimming Pool (Le Mesa, California, 1978, Residential) [Dr]
    • Folder 3
      Neumann Addition (Santa Monica, California, 1974, Residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • Box-Folder 1
      6
      New House (Cape Town, South Africa, 1958, Residential) [Ph]
    • Box-Folder 13
      6-7
      Folder 7
      Office Layout II for Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (Los Angeles, California, 1985, Commercial) [Dr, Ms, Sm]
    • Folder 4
      Folder 10
      O'Neil Remodel (Los Angeles, California, 1970, Residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • Folder 8
      Ramirez Residence (Los Angeles, California, 1985, Residential) [Dr]
    • Folder 8
      Robie Landscape (Mandeville Canyon, California, 1989, Landscape) [Dr]
    • Folder 5
      Rose Landscaping (Unknown, Unknown, 1988, Landscape) [Dr]
    • Folder 4
      Sheinkopf Landscaping (Palm Springs, California, 1978, Landscape) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 1
      17-18
      Folder 4
      Silverman Landscape (Pacific Palisades, California, 1982, Landscape) [Dr,Ms]
    • Box-Folder 1
      16
      Southern California Counseling Center (Los Angeles, California, 1981, Commercial) [Ms, Sm]
    • Folder 2
      Stiehm Addition (Santa Monica, California, 1975, Residential) [Dr]
    • Folder 3
      Steinberg Landscaping (Beverly Hills, California, 1972, Landscape) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 1
      5
      Tamboers Koof Addition (Cape Town, South Africa, 1958, Residential) [Ph]
    • Folder 2
      Teffeteller Addition (Los Angeles, California, 1975-1976, Residential) [Dr]
    • Folder 9
      University of California at Davis-Arboretum Competition (Davis, California, 1988, Landscape) [Dr]
    • Folder 3
      Weisenfeld Addition (Brentwood, California, 1973, Residential) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 16
      12-20
      Box-Folder 17
      1-12
      Box-Folder 18
      4-
      Folder 9
      Williams Residence (Brookings, Oregon, 1986, Residential) [Dr,Ph,Ms,Sm]
    • Box 11-12
      Folder 6
      Wilshire Boulevard (Santa Monica, California, 1983-1984, Public Works) [Dr,Ph,PB,Ms]
    • Folder 4
      Yorkshire Landscaping (Beverly Hills, California, 1980, Landscape) [Dr]