Drosten, Mary Lou Architectural Collection

Mary Lou Drosten Architectural CollectionMs.2016.008


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Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech

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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2016.008
Title
Mary Lou Drosten Architectural Collectionn.d.
Quantity
9 Cubic Feet
source
Kushner, Pinky
source
Rivard, Betsy Drosten
Creator
Drosten, Mary Lou, 1910-1991
Language
English .
Abstract
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Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Mary Lou Drosten Architectural Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Information

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Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Mary Lou Drosten Architectural Collection was completed in March 2017.


Biographical / Historical

Mary Lou Drosten was born on July 5, 1910 in St. Louis, Missouri. Drosten attended Washington University in St. Louis from 1928-1933. There, she received a B.A. in Architecture. After graduation, Drosten became a caseworker. In 1937, Drosten married Fred Drosten. Mary Lou Drosten and Fred Drosten had four children. Throughout her life, Drosten lived in St. Louis, MO; Oak Ridge, TN; Nicaro, Cuba; Chattanooga, TN; Huntsville, AL; and retired in St. Louis, MO. In Chattanooga, TN, Mary Lou owned Drosten Design and worked on many projects. Some projects of note include a building design for a dental surgeon (1934), 7-room residence for the Drosten family in Chevy Chase (1937), and proposal for a new hospital for polio in Des Moines (1942). Despite Drosten suffering from polio, she continued to work in the architectural field. Drosten died on November 16, 1991.

Scope and Content

The Mary Lou Drosten Architectural Collection documents Mary Lou Drosten's personal and professional life as an architect. The collection contains Mary Lou Drosten's personal papers, including biographic information such as newspaper articles documenting Mary Lou Drosten's contraction of polio and her remarkable recovery. Mary Lou Drosten collected newspaper articles, advertisements, and other material on social inequality. Drosten's primary interest was women's rights, but she also collected materials on racial discrimination. Mary Lou Droston's professional papers include associations and committees such as the Association of Women in Architecture, Huntsville League of Women Voters, and Congress on American Women Leaders. In addition, Drosten maintained project records, including research materials, financial records, contracts, photographs, and detailed drawings.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in original order as detailed by the creator.


Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • History of Women in Architecture
  • International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA)
  • Kushner, Pinky
  • Rivard, Betsy Drosten
  • Women architects -- Missouri
  • Women architects -- Tennessee
  • Women-owned architectural firms

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Drosten, Mary Lou, 1910-1991
  • Kushner, Pinky
  • Rivard, Betsy Drosten

Container List

Series I: Personal Papers
  • Biographical Information
    • box-folder 1 folder: 1
      Biography - Mary Lou Drosten
    • box-folder 1 folder: 2
      Biographies/"Who's Who?"
    • box-folder 1 folder: 3
      Employment/Application Letters
    • box-folder 1 folder: 4
      Drosten Residence in Huntsville
    • box-folder 1 folder: 5
      Architectural Projects List (by Family)
  • Student Work
    • box-folder 1 folder: 6
      Beginning 1930, Design etc.
    • box-folder 1 folder: 7
      Math and Architecture
    • box-folder 1 folder: 8
      Materials
    • box-folder 1 folder: 9
      Architecture History
    • box-folder 1 folder: 10
      Ornament
    • box-folder 1 folder: 11
      Elements of Architecture
    • box-folder 1 folder: 12
      Geology
    • box-folder 1 folder: 13
      Playground Course
    • box-folder 1 folder: 14
      History of Art
    • box-folder 1 folder: 15
      Architecture Course Notes
    • box-folder 1 folder: 16
      Washington University, Architecture 42A
    • box-folder 1 folder: 17
      Washington University: Working Drawings
    • box-folder 1 folder: 18
      Washington University: Sketches for Advanced Design Project
    • box-folder 1 folder: 19
      Schoolhouse for the Twenty-first Century
    • box-folder 1 folder: 20-22
      Washington University [Alumni Files]
  • Civic Society
    • box-folder 1 folder: 23
      Chattanooga Community Model City Affairs
    • box-folder 1 folder: 24
      Huntsville Model Homes
    • box-folder 1 folder: 25
      Huntsville Sketches
    • box-folder 1 folder: 26
      The City
    • box-folder 1 folder: 27
      Model City
    • box-folder 1 folder: 28
      Great Decisions
    • box-folder 1 folder: 29
      Huntsville Council on Human Relations
    • box-folder 1 folder: 30
      Huntsville Arts League and Museum Association
    • box-folder 2 folder: 1
      Civic Engagement/LTE's Clippings
    • box-folder 2 folder: 2
      Huntsville League of Women Voters
    • box-folder 2 folder: 3
      Architecture Talks/Model City
Series III: Office Records
  • box-folder 4 folder: 22
    Architecture Notes
  • box-folder 4 folder: 23
    Mary Lou Drosten: Design
  • box-folder 4 folder: 24
    Drosten Designs
  • box-folder 4 folder: 25
    Drosten Design Construction Notes
  • box-folder 4 folder: 26
    Construction Photos (project unknown), May 1962
Series IV: Project Records
Scope and Contents

The following is a list of architectural projects carried out by Mary Lou Drosten

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 client name or project name. It contains information, where available, about the location, date, project type, architect, collaborators, photographers, and formats for each project in the collection.

[Project Index link]

A Summary of the Project Index is listed below.

  • box-folder 4 folder: 27
    Bodley, Don and Judy (3790 Cuscawilla Trail, Chattanooga, TN; 1964; bathroom remodel)
  • box-folder 4 folder: 27
    Bodley, Don and Judy (3003 Ozark Road, Chattanooga, TN; 1965-1968; interior design)
  • box-folder 4 folder: 28
    Bomze, Howard (6942 Waterman Avenue, University City, MO; 1975; landscape)
  • box-folder 7
    Bomze, Howard (6942 Waterman Avenue, University City, MO; 1976; screened porch)
  • box-folder 4 folder: 29
    Brigham Jr., H.F. (4 Narraganset, Ladue, MO; 1976; residence addition)
  • box-folder 4 folder: 30
    Brock Construction Co. (Chattanooga, TN; 1962; exterior aesthetic suggestions)
  • box-folder 5 folder: 1-2
    Brownlee, Roland (939 Talley Road, Chattanooga, Tn; 1962; garden, terrace and interior design)
  • box-folder 5 folder: 3
    Burgess, Hubert (1634 Greenhills Drive, Hixson, TN; 1964; interior design)
  • box-folder 5 folder: 4
    Bus shelter (Stuart Heights Garden Club, Chattanooga, TN; 1964; proposed bus shelter design)
  • box-folder 5 folder: 5
    Cherry, James D (7425 Kingsbury, Uniersity City, MO; 1975; garden design)
  • box-folder 5 folder: 6-9box 15
    Children's Clinic (Green & Miller, 304 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, TN; 1956; design and oversight of construction)
  • box-folder 5 folder: 11box 10
    Community Garden (South Side, 6600 block of Delmar Blvd, University City, MO; 1977; proposed garden for vacant lot)
  • box-folder 5 folder: 10
    Chattanooga Unitarian Church
  • box-folder 7
    Crenshaw Clinic (St. Louis, MO; 1934; dental clinic (first job))
  • box-folder 5 folder: 12
    Davis, Robert S. (6911 Waterman Avenue, University City, MO; 1979; kitchen renovation)
  • box-folder 5 folder: 13
    Derthick & Henley (Chattanooga architectural firm; 1962; drafting job, proposed bell tower for methodist church)
  • box-folder 5 folder: 14-15box 10
    Dorris, Andrew and Barbara (6370 Waterman Avenue, University City, MO; 1977; foundation planting)
  • box-folder 5 folder: 16-21box 8box 9box 13
    Drosten, Fred and Mary Lou (46 Rye Lane, St. Louis MO; 1938; architect's residence)
  • box-folder 5 folder: 22-36box 8box 11box 13
    Drosten, Fred and Mary Lou (2883 Stuart Terrace, Chattanooga, TN; 1955; architect's residence)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 1box 11
    Drosten, Fred and Mary Lou (945 Old Bonhomme Rd, University City, MO; 1979; addition to architect's home)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 2box 11
    Falkowski, Edward and Evelyn (2206 East Governors Drive, Huntsville, AL; 1966; interior/exterior decoration)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 3
    Folts, Bishop, and Thomas Office (Provident Building, Chattanooga, TN)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 4box 11box 13
    Gibson, Raymond (Regal and Berkeley Red Bank, TN; 1964; plan revisions)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 5-6
    Graham, Dr. & Mrs. Frank B. (211 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN; 1958; sketches drive & residence)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 7
    Gronaua, Drs. Axel and Marianna (7062 Waterman Avenue, University City, MO; 1975; kitchen flooring)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 8-9
    Harford, Dr. and Mrs. Carl G. (6940 Waterman Avenue, University City, MO; 1970; porch and deck)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 10box 10
    Harford, Dr. and Mrs. Carl G. (6940 Waterman Avenue, University City, MO; 1978; kitchen renovation)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 11
    Hayden, Mr. and Mrs. Donald (2918 Nurick Drive, Chattanooga, TN; 1962; garage change and repairs)
  • box-folder 7
    Hayes, Tom & Paula (6926 Dartmouth Avenue, University City, MO; 1978; double decker screen porch)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 12
    Hayes, Tom & Paula (6926 Dartmouth Avenue, University City, MO; 1974; kitchen and bathroom)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 13
    Kruesi, Paul R. (302 Arrow Drive, Signal Mountain, TN; 1962; consultant and figures)
  • box-folder 10
    Kushner, Peter and Pinky (2633 Harris St., Eugene, OR; 1978; suggested revisions (not executed))
  • box-folder 6 folder: 14box 12
    Levine, Charles (Altamont Road, Chattanooga, TN; 1957; residence)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 15box 14
    Livingston, Dr. and Mrs Phillip (111 Provident Building, Chattanooga, TN; 1960; interior design of medical office)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 16-19
    Livingston, Dr. and Mrs Phillip (1718 Minnekahda Road, Chattanooga, TN; 1956; overseer for Richard Neutra project; interior design of medical office; cd of letters w/ Neutra)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 20
    Loeffel, Dr. Ellen (Rooms 201-211, 425 DeBaliviere, St. Louise, MO; 1945; interior design of medical office)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 21box 12
    Marsh, Mr. and Mrs. Fred (Carroll Lane, Chattanooga, TN; 1959; plan preparation)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 22
    Memorial Baptist Church (Red Bank, TN; 1959; sketches, classrooms, etc)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 23
    Metcalf, Richard P. and Margaret (346 East Drive, Oak Ridge, TN; 1964; remodel w/ balcony & interior design)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 26box 12
    Miller, Dr. Robert T. (Minnekahda Road, Chattanooga, TN; 1957; house design)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 27box 11
    Nelson, Mrs. Anita (Lancaster Avenue, Red Bank, TN; 1963; house placement)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 24-25
    Oak Ridge Township, Tennessee (Oak Ridge, TN; 1948-50; high school renovation)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 28box 13
    Poss, Mr. and Mrs. H.M. (319 Buena Vista Drive, Chattanooga, TN; 1962; rainwater drainage and patio)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 29
    Rivard, Loren and Caroline (Baltimore, MD; 1977; proposed renovation)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 30
    Robinson, W.W. Mr. and Mrs. (Forest Park Drive, Signal Mountain, TN; 1963; interior design)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 31box 7
    Rudner, Dr. and Mrs. Richard (6939 Waterman Avenue, University City, MO; 1977; landscape plans)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 32
    Rust, Mr. and Mrs. Jack (102 Windmere Chattanooga, TN; 1965; bathroom remodel)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 33
    Shavin, Seymour and Gerte (334 North Crest Road, Chattanooga, TN; 1977; interior design for Wright house)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 34-35box 15
    Shearer, Dr. Wayne (306 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, TN; 1963; optometric clinic)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 36box 7
    Shearer, Dr. Wayne (122 Valley Brook Road, Hixson, TN; 1965; consultation on house design)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 37
    Solomon, Jay and Rosalind (2932 Folts Drive, Chattanooga, TN; 1958; remodel for residence)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 38
    Sotlongs Tennis Court (unknown; 1962; Tennis court)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 39box 11
    Thomas, Elmer (1111 and 1113 East Third Street Chattanooga, TN; 1958-63; commercial building consultation)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 40-41box 7box 12
    Trundle, Dr. Frank (2943 Folts Circle, Chattanooga, TN; 1961; residential design)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 43
    Weil, Mark L. (1201 Westmoreland Ave., SE Huntsville, AL; 1967; landscape design)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 42
    Weinberg, Morris and Janie Mae (8601 Clarendon Lane, Hixson, TN; 1964; addition to residence)