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Weström, Ute, Architectural Collection

A Guide to the Ute Westrom Architectural Collection, 1968-1996 Ms.1996.023


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1996.023
Title
Ute Weström Architectural Papers,1968-1996
URL:
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaxtf/view?docId=vt/viblbv00195.xml
Quantity
1.4 Cubic Feet
Creator
Weström, Ute
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
Ute Westrom was born in 1939 in Berlin, Germany, the oldest of four children of architect Hilde Westrom. In 1968 she earned an architect's diploma from the Technical University of Berlin. She is a practicing architect in Berlin and an active member of the International Union of Women Architects (UIFA.) Her collection includes information about the restoration of the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin and the Sozialkasse des Berliner Baugewerbes in Berlin, both designed by Westrom and her husband and partner Winnetou Kampmann. The collection also contains photos and drawings for other projects, her vita, and material presented at UIFA congresses in the 1970s.

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], Ute Westrom Architectural Collection, Ms1996-023, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The Ute Westrom Architectural Collection were donated to the International Archive of Women in Architecture at the Special Collections in 1996 by their creator. Additions to the collection were given in 2000, 2002 and 2005.

Processing Information

The Ute Westrom Architectural Collection were first processed, arranged and described by Eric Ackermann in March 2001. Reprocessing to integrate additions to the collection took place in July and August 2006.


Biographical Note

Ute Westrom was born in 1939 in Berlin, Germany. She was oldest of four children of Hilde Westrom, a well-known early woman architect. In 1959, Ute Westrom studied psychology, philosophy, and sociology at the University of Hamburg. In the same year, she began her study of architecture at the Technical University of Berlin. While a student, Westrom worked for an architect in Lubeck, Germany in 1962, for the municipal planning office in Paris in 1963, and toured North Africa and the Middle East. She graduated in 1968 with an architect's diploma from the Technical University of Berlin.

Between 1972 and 1984, Westrom was involved with the design and construction of at least 320 apartments throughout Berlin, primarily for a low-income, municipal housing project funded by the Railway Building Association. During this period, she also designed individual houses, furnishings, and won various design competitions.

From 1977 through 1984, Westrom became increasingly involved with the conversion of old buildings for new uses, many as museums. In the process, she designed and implemented new forms of lighting, furnishings, display cases and panels for organizations such as the Berlin Hall of Fine Arts, the Berlin Gallery, and the Brohan Museum. Of particular importance was her collaboration with partner and husband Winnetou Kampmann in the reconstruction of the former Museum of Applied Arts, built in the late nineteenth-century by Martin Gropius and known as the Martin-Gropius-Bau, into an international art center. The restoration of the 1877 landmark was necessary after it was destroyed during in an air raid during World War II. Another notable project was her original design for a new office building for the Sozialkasse des Berliner Baugewerbes in Berlin. Westrom continues to be active in designing office buildings, town planning projects, museum expansions, and condominiums throughout Berlin.

Scope and Contents

The Ute Westrom Architectural Papers include many original drawings and photographs showing her architectural work, as well as some materials from the meetings of L'Union Internationale des Femmes Architects (UIFA).

The collection contains various versions of Westrom's curriculum vitae and incomplete lists of projects she has worked on in both German and English. There are also copies of papers presented at the Third and Fourth International Congresses of UIFA, with additional materials on presenters at the fourth congress. UIFA materials are mostly in French and English.

Architectural project materials include selected original drawings from many projects, small printed versions of drawings, photographs of completed buildings, and some descriptive text about the projects. Descriptive texts and articles may be in German, English, or both languages. All of the projects are located in Berlin, Germany. The information in the collection is generally final drafts of drawings and photographs of completed projects from near the completion date.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by grouping together biographical data, UIFA congress materials, and project materials. All material is arranged in chronological order.

Related Material

Another collection of Ute Westrom's papers is housed at the Berlinische Galerie in Berlin, Germany.

Separated Material

The following items were transferred to the Special Collections Rare Book room:

Kampmann, Winnetou, Ute Westrom, and Hans-Joachim Arndt. Martin-Gropius-Bau: die Geschichte seiner Wiederherstellung. New York: Prestel, 1999. Call number NA6750.B44 M377 1999


Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • History of Women in Architecture
  • International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA)
  • Women -- History

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Ute Westrom Architectural 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

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
  • box-folder 1 folder: 1
    Professional vitae and project lists,
    1968-2005
UIFA INFORMATION
  • UIFA 3rd Congress at Bucharest, Romania,
    1972
    • box-folder 1 folder: 2
      Papers presented at conference
  • UIFA 4th Congress at Ramsar/Teheran, Iran,
    1976
    • box-folder 1 folder: 4
      Notes on conference
    • box-folder 1 folder: 5
      Biographies of conference presenters
    • box-folder 1 folder: 6
      Papers presented at conference
PROJECTS
  • Furstenbrunnerweg 91-101, Umbau Burogebaude (Office building renovation),
    1969-1970
    • box 3
      One drawing
  • Mobel (Built-in furniture, various locations),
    1970 , n.d.
    • oversize folder: 1
      Three drawings
  • Delbruck Strasse 8, Kindertagesstatte Judische Gemeinde, (Kindergarten for a Jewish Congregation),
    1970-1971
    • box 3
      Two drawings
  • Brinkmann Strasse, Wohnanlage Sozialer Wohnungsbau (Housing project, 127 publicly financed apartments),
    1972-1973
    • oversize folder: 1
      One drawing
  • Quermatenweg 5-7, Wohnanlage Eigentumswohnungen (Housing project, 11 condominiums),
    1973-1975
    • box-folder 1 folder: 7
      Photos
    • oversize folder: 1
      Four drawings
  • Homburger Strasse, Wohnanlage Sozialer Wohnungsbau (Housing project, 115 publicly financed apartments and garden area),
    1974-1975
    • box-folder 1 folder: 8
      Photos
    • oversize folder: 1
      Three drawings, one color poster
  • Budapester Strasse, Kunsthalle Berlin (Berlin Hall of Fine Arts renovation),
    1976-1977
    • box-folder 1 folder: 9
      Photos
    • oversize folder: 1
      Two drawings
  • Ahrweiler Strasse, Wohnanlage Sozialer Wohnungsbau, (Housing project, publicly financed apartments and garden area),
    1976-1981
    • box-folder 1 folder: 10
      Photos
    • box 3
      Two drawings
    • oversize folder: 1
      Two drawings, one photo
  • Niederkirchner Strasse 7, Martin-Gropius-Bau (Reconstruction and renovation of the former Museum of Applied Arts known as the Martin Gropius building),
    1977-1986, 1991
    • box-folder 1 folder: 11
      Photos
    • box-folder 1 folder: 12
      Publication and brochures
    • oversize folder: 1
      Eight drawings, one photo
  • Krumme Strasse, Studentenwohnheim (Student dormitory),
    1978-1979
    • box-folder 1 folder: 13
      Drawings
    • oversize folder: 1
      One drawing
  • Jeben Strasse 2, Berlinsche Galerie (Reconstruction and furnishings for the Berlin Gallery - State Museum for Modern Art, Photography, and Architecture),
    1978-1979
    • box-folder 1 folder: 14
      Plans, photos, and article
    • oversize folder: 2
      Eight drawings
  • Kommunikative Wohnbebauung fur Wissenschaftler - Wettbewerb (Social and residential community for scientists - Competition entry),
    1981-1982
    • box-folder 1 folder: 15
      Project description
    • oversize folder: 2
      Two drawings
  • Alt-Lankwitz 23-29, Wohnanlage sozialer Wohnungsbau, (Housing Project, publicly financed apartments and garden area),
    1982-1985
    • box-folder 1 folder: 16
      Project description and photos
    • oversize folder: 2
      Six drawings, four color renderings
  • Hamburger Bahnhof (Hamburg train station),
    1984-1989
    • box-folder 1 folder: 17
      Article
  • Strasse der 17. Juni, Ernst-Reuter-Haus Seminar- und Tagungsraume (Ernst Reuter House renovation as classroom and meeting space for the Center for the Institute of Town Planning),
    1985-1988
    • box-folder 1 folder: 18
      Project description and photos
    • oversize folder: 2
      Three drawings
  • Erweiterung Berlin Museum - Wettbewerb (Expansion of the Berlin Museum - Competition entry),
    1988-1989
    • oversize folder: 2
      One drawing
  • Schloss Strasse 1, Brohan-Museum, (Expansion of the Brohan Museum for Art Deco),
    1988-1991
    • box-folder 2
      Photos
    • Magazine article [Bauwelt 1991 Heft 28]
      0.1 Cubic Feet
      1991/07/26German.
      Scope and Content

      Bauwelt is the leading German magazine for architecture and urbanism. Ute Westrom and her partner Winnetou Kampmann are featured on pages 1460-1461 for their rennovations to the Brohan Museums in berlin. The article features photgraphs, drawings, and narrative about the construction.

    • box 3
      One drawing
    • oversize folder: 2
      Four drawings
  • Molkenmarkt 1-3, Palais Schewerin, (Redevelopment of building as offices for the Berlin government),
    1992-1993
    • oversize folder: 2
      One drawing
  • Luckstrasse 72-73, Sozialkasse des Berliner Baugewerbes (New office building for the welfare fund of the Berlin building industry),
    1991-1995
    • box-folder 2 folder: 2
      Project description and plans
    • box-folder 2 folder: 3
      Invitation to opening and photos
    • box-folder 2 folder: 4
      Publications with articles about the Sozialkasse Burogebaude
    • box 3
      One drawing
    • oversize folder: 2
      Thirteen drawings, two hand-colored elevations
  • Reconstruction des 1904 Versicherungsgebaude von A. Messel (Reconstruction of the 1904 insurance building by A. Messel),
    1994-1996
    • box-folder 2 folder: 5
      Project description