Moss, Betty L., Architectural Collection

A Guide to the Betty L. Moss Architectural Collection, 1950-2007 Ms.2008.071


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2008.071
Title
Betty L. Moss Architectural Collection1950-2007
Quantity
56.5 Cubic Feet 255 boxes; 6 oversize folders
Creator
Moss, Betty
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
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.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Betty L. Moss Architectural Collection, Ms2008-071, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The Betty L. Moss Architectural Collection was donated to Special Collections in 2008.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Betty L. Moss Architectural Collection commenced in May, 2008 and was completed in December, 2008.


Biographical Note

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.

Scope and Contents

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.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by architectural project. Projects appear in chronological order from their beginning.

Related Material

Gorin, Abbye A. Videotape and Catalog of Work, 1995-1997. Ms97-009.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Betty L. Moss 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

box 1-3
Single Residence for Mr. and Mrs. H. Moss
1950-1981
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 1.

oversize folder: 1
A Regional Dwelling
1955
oversize folder: 2
An Art Gallery
1955
box 4
Residence for Mr. Esmond Phelps and A Living Porch Residence of Mr. & Mrs. Robert I. Reisfeld
1956 [1923]
oversize folder: 3
A Candy Shop
1956
oversize folder: 4
A Methodist Church
1956
box 5
Plaza Shopping--A Building for the I.L.A.
1957
box 6
A Proposed Redevelopment of 1120 Thalia Street
1957
box 7
Hartwig Moss Insurance
1959-2004
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 2-3.

oversize folder: 5
A United States Consulate
1960
oversize folder: 6
An All Purpose Meeting Room
1960
box 7
Temple Beth El
1960
box 16
A House for Mr. and Mrs. J. Kenneth Leithman
1960
box 17-27
Lakewood South I and II
1960-1997
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 5-6.

box 28-47
411; 411-415 Royal Street
1961-2001
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 7-8.

box 48-51
L'Elysee--Luxury Apartment Living
1961
box 52
A House for Mr. and Mrs. Jack M. Weiss
1961
box 53
Alterations to a House at 1817 Marengo Street
1961
box 54-55
A House for Mr. and Mrs. Jack Weiss
1961
box 56
National Food Store, Katz and Bestoff Drugs and Finance Company; Commercial Development--Pivach--Perino Reality Inc.
1962
box 57-58
A House for Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Feingerts
1962-1967
box 59
Alterations to a House for Mr. and Mrs. Lester Shapiro
1962
box 60
The Marguery for Urban Living
1963
box 61
Alterations to a House for Mr. and Mrs. Adrian C. Benjamin, Jr.
1963
box 62
House for Mr. and Mrs. Paul Maloney, Jr.
1963
box 63-65
A House for Mr. and Mrs. John Breyer
1963
box 66
A House for Mr. and Mrs. Frank Prins
1964
box 67
Alterations to Temple Sinai Religious School Building
1964
box 68
An Addition to a House for Mr. and Mrs. Blake West
1964
box 69
Moss Antiques
1964
box 70-74
A House for Mr. and Mrs. Robert I. Reisfeld
1964-1972
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 10.

box 75
Alterations to a House at 6201 St. Charles Ave.
1964
box 76-78
A House for North Pascagoula Realty Company
1964
box 79
Houses for Luling, Louisiana
1964
box 80
A House for Mr. Peter E. Newman
1964-1965
box 81
A House for Mr. and Mrs. Manfred Sterner
1964
box 82
A Pool Enclosure
1965
box 83
An Addition to a Residence for Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kahn II
1965
box 84
Addition to the House of Mr. and Mrs. George Marcuse
1965
box 85
West Bank Academy (A Preliminary Design)
1965
box 86
Proposed Redevelopment of 3337 South Claiborne
1965
box 87
A House for Dr. and Mrs. Louis Hughes
1965
box 88
An Addition to a Residence for Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kahn II
1965
box 89
Sara Mayo Hospital
1965-1966
box 90
A House for Mr. and Mrs. William Carter
1965
box 91
Alterations to an Existing House for Judge and Mrs. Walter Marcus, Jr.
1966
box 92
New Threshold and Fence for Mr. and Mrs. Morris W. Newman
1966
box 93
A House for Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Tubbs, Jr.
1966
box 94-96
Burka Job
1966-1967
box 97
Proposed Four Unit Apartment Building
1966
box 98
Alterations to a House for Mr. & Mrs. Jack M. Weiss
1968
box 99
A House for G. Walter Loewenbaum & Mrs. Joel Simon Loewenbaum
1968
box 100-104
Proposed Addition to Existing Office Building for Sam Reisfeld and Son
1968-1970
box 105
A Proposed Subdivision of Lots A and B
1969
box 106
Enclosure of First Floor Screened Porch and Playroom for Kohlmeyer
1969
box 107
Alterations and Additions to an Existing House for Mr. and Mrs. Milton Sbisa
1971
box 108
Additions and Alterations to an Existing House for Mr. and Mrs. Hartwig Moss III
1971-1974
box 109
Alterations and Additions to an Existing House for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stich
1972
box 110
A Swimming Pool and Accessory Building for Dr. and Mrs. Howard Strauss
1972
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 11.

box 111
An Addition for Mr. and Mrs. Peter Moss
1972-1976
box 112-120
Office Building of Robert Reisfeld
1972-1988
box 121-122
A House for Mr. and Mrs. Milton Dureau, Jr.
1973-1987
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 12.

box 123
Additions and Alterations to an Existing House for Dr. and Mrs. Stuart Farber
1973
box 124-125
A House for Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Lacabe
1974
box 126
Griffin Project
1975
box 127
A House for Dr. and Mrs. Alvin Alexander
1976
box 128
Additions and Alterations to an Existing House for Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Cooper (original and renovations)
1976
box 129
Alterations to an Existing Building for William Sabatier
1976
box 130
325 Royal Street
1977-1991
box 131
St. John
1977
box 132-134
Restoration of a Three Apartment Building
1978
box 135
Alterations to the Cynthia Building for Mrs. Marguerite P. Keil
1979-1981
box 136-138
Renovation on 1621 State Street
1979-1986
box 139
Alterations to an Existing House for Mr. and Mrs. Hartwig Moss III
1980
box 140
Proposed Development of a Site on Versailles Blvd.
1980
box 141
Redevelopment of 730 South Pierre Street
1980
box 142-148
Office Building for B&G Crane Services and Sun Erection
1982-1984
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 13.

box 149
Donner Estates
1985
box 150
Redevelopment of 1454 Joseph Street
1985
box 151
Alterations to Residence F
1986
box 152
Parking Lot Revisions for Mrs. Jon B. Strauss,
1986
box 153
Alterations to 6319 Story St.
1986
box 154
Carport Enclosure at 222 Hector Avenue
1986
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 14.

box 155-156
Additions and Alterations to 1636 Valence Street
1987
box 157
A House for Mildred G. Tobias
1987
box 158
Greengates Revised
1987
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 15.

box 159
Alterations to 313 Royal Street
1988
box 160
Part Seventh Floor Plan Park VII Apartments
1988
box 161
Antique Furniture Storage Building for Mrs. Jon Strauss
1989
box 162
Variations on a House for a 30'x120' Interior
1989
box 163
Alterations to an Existing House for Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rosenberg
1989
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 16.

box 164
Burrow Project-a Driveway and Bath
1990-1994
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 17.

box 165
Cola Job
1991-2000
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 18.

box 166
Renovation of 4602-4604 Constance Street
1992
box 167
Combination of K & L, Fourth Floor, 2100 St. Charles Ave
1992
box 168
Garfield Street Job
1992
box 169
Restoration of 3012-3014 Bienville Street
1993-1994
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 19.

box 170-171
Lambeth House
1993-1994
See also Box 255 Folder 20.
box 172
Proposed Housing for Indigent Mothers with AIDS with Children with AIDS
1993
box 173
Adaptive Re-use of Rivergate as the Land-based Gambling Casino in New Orleans
1994
box 174
Proposed Adaptive Re-Use of 3000 Magazine as a Facility for Persons with AIDS, Arrested Tuberculosis and Related Problems
1994
box 175
Renovation of 7614 Sycamore
1994
box 176
Alterations to an Existing House for Mrs. Jon B. Strauss
1995
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 21.

box 177
Preliminary Schematic Redevelopment of 213-215 Alonzo Street
1994
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 22.

box 178-180
2200 St. Charles Ave. Condominium
1992-2002
box 181
Alterations to Fairway Drive Residence
1997-2000
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 23.

box 182-183
A House for Shawn Doyle
1998
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 24.

box 184
Rearrangements of 1 Apartment
1999
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 25.

box 185
Rearrangements to 4M: The Carol Condominium
1991
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 26.

box 186-194
A House for Anne and Lou Zenowich
1999-2000
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 27.

box 195
Rearrangements to an Apartment for Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jellin
2001
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 28.

box 196-201
A Plan for West Village
2004-2005
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 29.

box 202
A Swinging Gate for Mr. and Mrs. Morris Newman
2005
box 203
Preliminary Plan for Moss Family LLC
2005
box 204-208
A Block for New Orleans
2005
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 30-31.

box 209-210
A House for 2525 Deers Street
2006
box 211
231 Royal Street
2006
box 212
A House for Joseph Garcia
2006
box 213-214
Alterations and Additions to 965 Nashville Ave.
n.d.
box 215-216
Renovation of 305 Royal Street
n.d.
box 217-218
Selma Moss, Inc.
n.d.
box 219
House for Mr. and Mrs. Cleven J. Daigle
n.d.
box 220
A Residence for Mr. and Mrs. Lester A. Levy
n.d.
box 221-222
W. G. Moses Residence
n.d.
box 223
A House for Lakewood Builders, Inc.
n.d.
box 224
Repairs to 5127 Laurel Street
n.d.
box 225
Building on Carrollton Avenue and Zimple Street
n.d.
box 226
Linda Vista
n.d.
box 227
Job on the Intersection of Montegut and Chartres Street
n.d.
Scope and Contents note

See also Box 255 Folder 32.

box 228
78-80 Newcomb Blvd.
n.d.
box 229
12-A and 12-b Austerlitz Street
n.d.
box 230
Diagram of City Blocks
n.d.
box 231
4118 Constance Street
n.d.
box 232-248
Untitled Multi-drawing Projects
n.d.
box 249-254box 11-12
Untitled Single Drawings
n.d.
box-folder 255 folder: 1
Note Accompanying Plans for Moss Residence
n.d.
box-folder 255 folder: 2
Safety Code Materials for Hartwig Moss Insurance
n.d.
box-folder 255 folder: 3
Letters to Hartwig Moss Insurance
1993, 2004
box-folder 255 folder: 4
Note from the Louisiana Landmarks Society
1960
box-folder 255 folder: 5
5574 Jacquelyn Court Project
1997-1998
box-folder 255 folder: 6
"Event Notice" (Originally with Jacquelyn Court Plans)
1997
box-folder 255 folder: 7
Materials Concerning 411 Royal Street
1992
box-folder 255 folder: 8
Sketch of 411-413 Royal Street
n.d.
box-folder 255 folder: 9
Certificate of Insurance for Weiss Project
1962
box-folder 255 folder: 10
Microfilm of Reisfeld Project
n.d.
box-folder 255 folder: 11
Materials Accompanying Strauss Project
1959, 1971
box-folder 255 folder: 12
Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Milton Dureau
1987
box-folder 255 folder: 13
Materials for B&G Crane Services Project
1983
box-folder 255 folder: 14
Letter and Survey Sent to Zoning and Appeals Board for Stone Project
1986
box-folder 255 folder: 15
Envelope with Measurements [Originally with Greengates Revised]
n.d.
box-folder 255 folder: 16
Envelope with Handwritten Specifications and Sketches
n.d.
box-folder 255 folder: 17
Specifications for Burrow Driveway
c.1990-1991
box-folder 255 folder: 18
Supporting Materials for Cola Job
2000
box-folder 255 folder: 19
Supporting Materials for the Associated Catholic Charities Project
1993-1994
box-folder 255 folder: 20
Letter Concerning the Proposed Development of Lambeth House
1994
box-folder 255 folder: 21
Specifications for Strauss Project
n.d.
box-folder 255 folder: 22
Letters and Specifications for 213-215 Alonzo Street
1994
box-folder 255 folder: 23
Survey of 204 Fairway Drive
1994
box-folder 255 folder: 24
Materials Concerning Doyle Project
1998
box-folder 255 folder: 25
Plumbing Specifications for the "Rearrangements of One Apartment"
n.d.
box-folder 255 folder: 26
Scribbling Concerning 4M: The Carol Condominium
n.d.
box-folder 255 folder: 27
Request Form Concerning Zenowich Project
2001
box-folder 255 folder: 28
Schedule of Openings, Specifications, and Drawings for "Rearrangements to an Apartment"
n.d.
box-folder 255 folder: 29
Letter Concerning Hummel Project
2005
box-folder 255 folder: 30
Letter "To Whom it May Concern"
2005
box-folder 255 folder: 31
Letter to the Honorable Barney Frank
2007
box-folder 255 folder: 32
Directions to "Keep it Simple"
n.d.
box-folder 255 folder: 33
Mathematical Notes
n.d.
box-folder 255 folder: 34
Untitled Drawings and Catalog Pages
n.d.