Rodeck, Melita, Architectural Collection

A Guide to the Melita Rodeck Architectural Collection, 1931-2003, bulk 1960-1990 Ms.1992.028


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Sherrie A. Bowser

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1992.028
Title
Melita Rodeck Architectural Collection,1931-20031960-1990
Quantity
10.7 Cubic Feet, 2 boxes; 30 oversize folders
Creator
Rodeck, Melita, b.1914
Language
The materials in the collection are in 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

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Melita Rodeck Architecture Collection, Ms1992-028, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

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 Contents

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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Architects
  • Architectural drawing -- 20th century
  • Architectural drawings (visual works)
  • International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA)
  • Women -- History
  • Women-owned architectural firms

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Melita Rodeck Architecture Collection by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

Personal Papers
1960-2003
  • Clippings
    1960-2003
    • box-folder 1 folder: 1
      Rodeck
      1964, 1984, 1987, 2003
    • box-folder 1 folder: 2
      Rodeck's Foggy Bottom residence
      1960-1961, 1981,1991-1992, n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 3
    Correspondence
    1992, 1997, 2001, n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 4
    Linoleum/woodcut prints by Rodeck
  • box-folder 1 folder: 5
    Photographs of Rodeck
  • School Work
    1933, 1971-1972
    • oversize folder: (1 roll)
      Drawing, Entwurf fur ein kinder walderholungsheim [possibly schoolwork due to the language]
    • oversize folder: 19
      Presentation drawing, classical building
      1933
    • box-folder 1 folder: 6
      Neighborhood Commons Open Space [for Masters degree in City and Regional Planning]
      1971
    • box-folder 1 folder: 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 folder: 8
      American Assocation of University Women (AAUW)
      1967-1968
    • box-folder 1 folder: 9
      Melita Rodeck and Associates Architects and Engineers
      1961, n.d.
    • box-folder 1 folder: 10
      Neighborhood Commons
      1963
  • box-folder 1 folder: 11
    Curriculum Vitae
    1968, 1982, n.d.
  • Publications
    1968-1984
    • box-folder 1 folder: 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 folder: 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 folder: 14
      Interim Guidance for Two-Step Construction Contracting, Contracting Department, for the U.S. Army
      1971
    • box-folder 1 folder: 15
      Historic Preservation--Booklet from the Office of the Chief of Engineers
      1972
    • box-folder 1 folder: 16
      Elevated Residential Structures, FEMA publication
      1976, 1984
    • box-folder 1 folder: 17
      Manual for the Construction of Residential Basements in Non-Coastal Flood Environs, HUD, Federal Insurance Administration publication
      1978
    • box-folder 1 folder: 18
      Flood Emergency and Residential Repair Handbook, FEMA
      1979
    • box-folder 1 folder: 19
      Flood Plan Management Tools for Alluvial Fans, Study Plan, prepared for FEMA
      1980
    • box-folder 1 folder: 20
      Design Guidelines for Flood Damage Reduction, FEMA publication
      1981
    • box-folder 1 folder: 21
      Flood Plan Management Tools for Alluvial Fans, Master Plan, prepared for FEMA
      1981
  • box-folder 1 folder: 22
    Regina Institute
  • Writings
    1963-1969
    • box-folder 1 folder: 23
      Design and the Church, various articles
      1963-1965
    • box-folder 1 folder: 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 folder: 2
      Alter [Dr]
    • box-folder 2 folder: 2
      Alter - walnut, [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 2oversize folder: 24
      Archbishop's private chapel, [Dr, PB]
    • oversize folder: 2
      Aylesford Chapel, The National Scapular Center (Downers Grove, IL, 1959) [Dr]
    • box-folder 2 folder: 2
      Banner of Resurrection, drawing [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 3
      Blessed Martin Hospice Settlement House, conversion, 138 12th Street N.E. (1961) [Dr]
    • box-folder 2 folder: 1
      Campus Chapel, University of Maryland, platform and altar (College Park, MD) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 3
      Chapel of the White Fathers, renovation (Washington, D.C., 1967) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 4
      Church interior [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 4
      Church interior - JHS [Dr ]
    • box-folder 1 folder: 25oversize folder: 4
      Claretian Chapel, proposed modernization of chapel (1967-1968) [Dr]
    • box-folder 2 folder: 5
      Classroom module [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 3
      Community Coffee House, St. Mary's Church, 730 23rd Street N.W. [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 3
      The Consolata Fathers, Missions Seminary, (Buffalo, NY, 1958) [Dr]
    • box-folder 2 folder: 1box-folder 2 folder: 3
      Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross, proposed dormitory building (Washington, D.C.) [Dr]
    • box-folder 2 folder: 3
      General Education Center [Dr ]
    • oversize folder: 13
      Gethsemani Infirmary (1952) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 2
      Holy Comforter Church, proposed sanctuary remodeling (Charlottesville, VA, 1966) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 2
      Holy Rosary Church, alterations to meeting room, confessional (Washington, D.C., 1963) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 4
      Hospital chapel for 106 [Dr]
    • box-folder 2 folder: 1box-folder 2 folder: 3
      Immaculate Conception Chapel (Washington, D.C.) [Dr]
    • box-folder 2 folder: 3
      Medical building, colored pencil exterior rendering [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 1oversize folder: 25
      Neighborhood Commons (1964) [Dr, PB]
    • oversize folder: 3
      Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, preliminary sketches for the shrine (Hamilton, MA, 1951) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 3
      Our Lady Star of the Sea, alterations (Indian Head, MD, 1960) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 4
      Parish Hall [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 1
      SS Paul and Augustine Commons (Washington, D.C., 1964) [Dr ]
    • oversize folder: 4
      St. Catherine's Church, landscaping (McConchie, MD, 1959) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 4
      St. Ignatius' Church, landscaping (Hilltop, MD, 1959) [Dr]
    • box-folder 1 folder: 27box-folder 2 folder: 4oversize folder: 5
      St. Stephens Church/Parish Center, alterations (Washington, D.C., 1964-1966) [Dr, Sp]
    • oversize folder: 25
      St. Thomas Parish, listed as Regina Institute (Seattle, WA) [PB]
    • oversize folder: 1
      Youth Center, concept studies (1967) [Dr]
  • Commercial/Residential Projects
    1949-1975
    • box-folder 2 folder: 4
      Abbot, Bernice, writing desk [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 14
      Adler, John J., alterations to residence (Watertown, NY, 1949) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 6
      Apartment house, proposed alterations, 2110-19th Street N.W. (Washington, D.C., 1960) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 9
      Argus Builders, 9 unit apartment building, Atlantic Street, S.E. (Washington, D.C., 1966) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 12oversize folder: 17
      Calcara, Frank, store and apartment building (1967) [Dr]
    • box-folder 1 folder: 26oversize folder: 15
      Capitol Mansions, Inc., restoration of residence (Washington, D.C., 1965) [Dr, Ph]
    • oversize folder: 12
      Carbone, Donald, cottage, Chesapeake Ranch Club (1965) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 15
      Chilton Washington Corp., restoration of residence (Washington, D.C., 1965) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 11
      Clements, Everett, townhouses, Hughes Mews N.W. (Washington, D.C., 1963) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 11
      Clements, Everett, townhouses, 2513 Eye Street N.W. (Washington, D.C., 1963) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 16
      Coller, Harry, proposed store remodeling (Washington, D.C., 1966) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 11
      Co-Op apartments, proposed alterations to lodging house (Washington, D.C., 1961) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 12
      Crocker, John S., alteration and addition (Washington, D.C., 1965) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 6
      Efficiency units, 15 units, typical floor plan [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 8
      Engle, Morris, Harrigan's, proposed restaurant (1959) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 16
      Furth, Hans, alterations and additions (Washington, D.C., 1964) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 14
      Garner, Julian H., residence (Washington, D.C., 1959) [Dr]
    • box-folder 2 folder: 4
      Gross, William, living room [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 26
      Gunston Library [PB]
    • oversize folder: 15
      Harris, Forest K., flat conversion (Washington, D.C., 1963) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 17
      Heyn, Paul C., woodwork for living room (Hyattsville, MD, 1969) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 13
      Hotel Prince Frederick, (Prince Frederick, MD) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 9
      Jehle, Philip F., addition to residence (Parkwood, Mont. Co., MD, 1962) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 9oversize folder: 17
      Jett, Page C., addition to residence (Prince Frederick, MD, 1965) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 9
      Kaufman, Arthur, residence remodel (Washington, D.C., 1966) [Dr]
    • box-folder 1 folder: 26oversize folder: 12
      Kirkwood Builders, apartment renovation (1965) [Dr, Ph]
    • oversize folder: 15
      Kraemer, Frank W., restoration and flat conversion (Washington, D.C., 1965) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 9
      Lee, M.B., reinforced concrete retaining wall (Washington, D.C., 1967) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 15
      Macgregor, Bruce, flat conversion (Washington, D.C., 1965) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 11
      May residence, proposed patio (Alexandria, VA, 1962) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 14oversize folder: 17
      McBride, Robert J., apartment house conversion (Washington, D.C., 1960) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 14
      McBride, Robert J., alterations to residence (Washington, D.C., 1960) [Dr]
    • box-folder 2 folder: 6
      Miscellaneous interior/exterior renderings (11) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 6
      Miscellaneous residential renderings (2) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 14
      Mondlock, Marguerite, residence (Port Republic, MD, 1964) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 12
      Morris, Albert V., alterations to residence (1961) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 11
      Odarenko, T.M., alterations to residence (Washington, D.C., 1960) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 10
      Peon, N. Camara, residence (1960) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 3
      Professional Office Building, ( 1960) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 9
      Protos, Stephen D., reinforced concrete retaining wall (Silver Spring, MD, 1967) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 17oversize folder: 30
      Queen Anne's Lane Project, (Washington, D.C., 1960) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 18
      Reed, Sidney, residence [PB]
    • oversize folder: 11
      Rice, Josephine T., addition and remodeling (Washington, D.C., 1962) [Dr ]
    • oversize folder: 7
      Rodeck, Melita, residence, 801-25th Street N.W. (Washington, D.C., 1960) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 7
      Rodeck, Melita, flat conversion and addition, 2512 Eye Street N.W. (Washington, D.C., 1965, 1971) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 7
      Rodeck, Melita, proposed flat conversion, 2511 Eye St. N.W. (Washington, D.C., 1963) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 7
      Rodeck, Melita, alterations to flat, 213 10th Street S.E. (Washington, D.C., 1967) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 7
      Rodeck, Melita, Saltbox 3228, Monterey Place, lot 4 (1975) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 11
      Roumel, Aristotle and Theodore, residence (Washington, D.C., 1963) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 12
      Russin, Jonathan, restoration of residence (1966) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 8
      Seigel, Leonard M., proposed office building (Washington, D.C., 1965) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 16
      Singer, Louis, addition to residence (Washington, D.C., 1965) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 11
      Smith, William J., residence remodel (1962) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 10
      Thorman, Burton, addition to residence (Arlington, VA, 1961) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 10
      Thornton, Ruth E., restoration of residence (Washington, D.C., 1964) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 10
      Van der Reyden, apartment (Washington, D.C., 1958-1959) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 12
      Van Mater, B., addition to residence (1961) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 26
      VIP Lounge, [PB]
    • oversize folder: 11
      Wallace, Mary, residence (Dare's Beach, MD, 1958) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 8
      Wallins, Sam, proposed auto repair shop (Watertown, NY, 1966) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 10
      Watters, James , remodeling of residence (1961) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 16oversize folder: 17
      Weinberg, Milton, 6 unit apartment building, 2913 30th Street SE (Washington, D.C. 1966) [Dr]
    • box-folder 1 folder: 25oversize folder: 16oversize folder: 18
      Weinberg, Milton, 6 unit apartment building, 4016 Livingston Road, S.E. (Washington, D.C., 1966) [Dr, PB]
    • oversize folder: 16oversize folder: 17
      Weinberg, Milton, 12 unit apartment building, 117 Atlantic Street SE (Washington, D.C., 1966) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 11
      Yahraes, Marjorie, addition to residence (Washington, D.C., 1962) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 10
      Yeager, Inez, residence (Accokeek, MD, 1959 ) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 12
      Zeiger, Leon, draughter's bedroom (1967) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 10
      Ziglar, Robert, addition to residence (1968) [Dr]
  • Furniture/Miscellaneous
    1966, n.d.
    • box-folder 2 folder: 6
      Duckboard, 6'x10' (1966) [Dr]
    • box-folder 2 folder: 6
      Sofa, walnut or teak [Dr]
    • box-folder 2 folder: 6
      Tea cart, walnut [Dr]
  • Government
    1953-1966
    • oversize folder: 27
      Andrews Air Force Base, traffic check house (Washington, D.C., 1959) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 27
      Andrews Air Force Base, alterations to Air Com facility, building 1558 (Washington, D.C., 1962) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 27
      Andrews Air Force Base, Hanger and Shops, Boiler House (MD, 1955) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 27
      Andrews Air Force Base, modification of Hanger, building 1-180 (Washington, D.C., 1959) [Dr]
    • box-folder 2 folder: 5
      Barracks [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 29
      District Training School. Department of Welfare, Holly Cottage, Dogwood Cottage (mechanical and electrical drawings) (Laurel, MD) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 29
      District Training School. Department of Welfare, renovation of basements om Pine, Oak, and Maple Cottages (Laurel, MD, 1966) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 28
      Federal Records Center, replace roof (Alexandria, VA, 1953) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 17
      Guest house concept study [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 18oversize folder: 28
      Health, Education and Welfare, South Building, dental clinic renovation (Washington, D.C., 1953) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 28
      Office of the Post Engineer, rehabilitation of Mess Hall, building 18 (Fort Belvoir, VA, 1957) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 28
      U.S. Naval Radio Research Station, annex building for 60 foot antenna (Sugar Grove, WV, 1961) [Dr]
    • oversize 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 folder: 5
      Unit Entertainment Center [Dr]
  • Urban Planning
    1960, 1975, n.d.
    • box-folder 2 folder: 4
      Air rights development in Foggy Bottom, architectural drawing (Washington, D.C., 1975) [Dr]
    • box-folder 2 folder: 3-4oversize folder: 27
      Foggy Bottom Park [Dr, PB]
    • oversize folder: 13
      Elevated In-Town Heliport (1960) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 13
      High rise city for two hundred thousand, design concept [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 27
      Ideal Neighborhood [PB]
    • oversize folder: 1
      Potomac Plaza, proposed [Dr]
Artwork
1931, n.d.
  • oversize folder: 30
    Abstract prints, metallic (3)
  • oversize folder: 28
    Charcoal, portraits (2)
  • oversize folder: 20
    Pencil, Vienna
    1931
  • oversize folder: 20
    Sketchbooks (2)
  • oversize folder: 23
    Various mediums (4)