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

A Guide to the 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..
  • B.A. Thesis, University of Cape Town--Photonegatives of Art Training Center, 1953. 1, Box-Folder folder: 2,
  • Curriculum Vitae. 18, Box-Folder folder: 16,
  • Landscape Sketches, n.d.. oversize: 6, Folder
  • Master's Thesis--An Interpretive Ferry Service for the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area, 1980. 1, Box-Folder folder: 14, oversize: 6, Folder
  • Peter--Racing Car Design--Photographs, 1954. 1, Box-Folder folder: 3,
  • Photographs, Photo Plates, and Fixed Line Siver Halide , n.d.. oversize: 6, Folder oversize: 10, Folder
  • Season's Greetings-Salutation-Fixed Line Silver Halide, n.d.. oversize: 6, Folder
Professional Papers, 1980-1985.
  • Association for Women in Architecture Conference (Scripps College, Claremont, California)--Women Up Front: Architectural Options, 1982. 1, Box-Folder folder: 19, oversize: 6, Folder
  • Chronology of Year's Transmittals and Correspondence, 1985. 13, Box-Folder folder: 3,
  • Roosevelt Island Competition, Fixed Line Zinc Halide, 1975. 1, Box-Folder folder: 13,
  • Santa Monica Multi-family Housing Rehabilitation (Santa Monica, California)--Description of firm qualifications for project, 1984. 13, Box-Folder folder: 2,
  • Stationary for Leviseur Architects, c.1980s. 1, Box-Folder folder: 15, 13, Box-Folder folder: 1, 13, Box-Folder folder: 3,
  • Women in Environmental Design-Program Announcement, n.d.. oversize: 6, Folder
  • Writings by and about Elsa Leviseur, 1984. 13, Box-Folder folder: 1,
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.
    • List of Projects, 1956-1985. 1, Box-Folder folder: 4,
    • Anstey Addition (Westerham, Kent, Great Britain, 1967, residential) [Dr, Ph] . 1, Box-Folder folder: 7, oversize: 4, Folder
    • Anstey Residence (Dale Pembs, Wales, 1967-1968, residential) [Dr, Ph, Ms]. 1, Box-Folder folder: 8, oversize: 4, Folder
    • Anstey Vacation Cottage (Dales, Wales, 1969, residential) [Dr, Ph] . 1, Box-Folder folder: 9, oversize: 4, Folder
    • Borun Addition (Los Angeles, CA, 1977, residential) [Dr]. oversize: 3, Folder
    • Camps Bay Residence (Cape Town, South Africa, 1950, Residential) [Ph] . 1, Box-Folder folder: 1,
    • Castro Crest Trailhead (Santa Monica Mountains, California, 1986, Landscape) [Dr, Ph, Ms, Sm] . 18, Box-Folder folder: 1-3, 18, Box-Folder folder: 8, oversize: 7, Folder
    • Center Landscaping (Unknown, Unknown, 1984, Landscape) [Dr] . oversize: 4, Folder
    • Chambers Addition (Sherman Oaks, California, 1980, Residential) [Dr] . oversize: 4, Folder
    • Cherry Residence (Santa Monica, California, 1976, Residential) [Dr] . oversize: 5, Folder
    • Delaney Addition (Los Angeles, California, 1977, Residential) [Dr] . oversize: 3, Folder
    • Dembeck/Warshaw Landscaping (Los Angeles, California, 1984, Landscape) [Dr] . oversize: 4, Folder
    • Dewey Residence (Unknown, Unknown, 1988, Residential) [Dr] . oversize: 8, Folder
    • Drabkin Addition (Brentwood, California, 1976, Residential) [Dr] . oversize: 1, Folder
    • Edna Erspamer Duplex (Santa Monica, California, 1985, Residential) [Dr, Ms, Sl, Sm] . 13, Box-Folder folder: 8-10, oversize: 8, Folder
    • Fitzerald Duplex (Manhattan Beach, California, 1984, Residential) [Dr] . oversize: 5, Folder
    • Fitzerald Duplex Addition (Manhattan Beach, California,1984, Residential) [Dr] . oversize: 5, Folder
    • Fitzgerald Residence (Manhattan Beach, California, 1984, Residential) [Dr, Ms, Sm] . 13, Box-Folder folder: 5, oversize: 5, Folder
    • Fleischer Landscape (Los Angeles, California, 1987, Landscape) [Ms] . 18, Box-Folder folder: 14,
    • Fleischmann Addition (Brentwood, California, 1975, Residential) [Dr, Ph] . 1, Box-Folder folder: 10, oversize: 1, Folder
    • Feuer Landscaping (Malibu, California, 1985, Landscape) [Ms] . 13, Box-Folder folder: 4,
    • Gould Residence-Phase 1 and Phase 2 (Pacific Palisades, California, 1984-1989, Residential) [Dr, Ms, Sm] . 14, Box 15, Box-Folder folder: 1-13, 16, Box oversize: 10, Folder
    • Hart Residence (Topanga, California, 1984-1988, Residential) [Ph, Ms, Sm] . 15, Box-Folder folder: 14-19, 16, Box-Folder folder: 1-11,
    • Henick Landscape (Santa Monica, California, 1988, Landscape) [Dr, Ph] . 18, Box-Folder folder: 15, oversize: 7, Folder
    • Hershey Residence (Pacific Palisades, California, 1986, Residential) [Dr] . oversize: 7, Folder
    • Hinerfeld Residence (Los Angeles, California, 1986, Residential) [Dr] . oversize: 5, Folder
    • Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles, California, 1982-1988, Commercial) [Ms] . 2, Box 19, Box
    • Hollywood Bowl-Display/Sales Area (Los Angeles, California, 1983-1984, Commercial) [Dr, Ms, Sm] . 7, Box oversize: 8, Folder
    • Hollywood Bowl-Marquee (Los Angeles, California, 1983-1984, Commercial) [Dr, Ms, Sm] . 9, Box-Folder folder: 17-21,
    • Hollywood Bowl-Museum (Los Angeles, California, 1982-1985, Graphic Design) [Dr, Ph, PB, Ms, SM] . 3, Box-Folder folder: 10, 6, Box-Folder folder: 8, oversize: 6, Folder
    • Hollywood Bowl-Restaurant (Los Angeles, California, 1983-1984, Commercial) [Dr, Ms] . 10, Box
    • Hollywood Bowl- Season Ticket Office (Los Angeles, California, 1983-1984, Commercial) [Dr, Ph, Ms, Sm] . 3, Box-Folder folder: 6, 8, Box-Folder folder: 9, 10, Box-Folder folder: 11, oversize: 7, Folder
    • Hollywood Bowl-Studio Club (Los Angeles, California, 1980, Commercial) [Dr] . oversize: 4, Folder
    • Horatio West Court Planting (Santa Monica, California, n.d., Landscape) [Dr] . oversize: 4, Folder
    • Jager Addition (Unknown, Unknown, n.d., Residential) [Dr] . oversize: 3, Folder
    • Kelly, Tom, Photo Studio Addition (West Hollywood, California, 1985, Residential) [Dr] . oversize: 8, Folder
    • Knight Landscape Addition (Brentwood, California, 1973, Residential) [Dr, Ph] . 1, Box-Folder folder: 11, oversize: 5, Folder
    • Long Addition (Mandeville Canyon, California, 1978, Residential) [Dr] . oversize: 4, Folder
    • Mayer Landscaping (Sherman Oaks, California, 1986-1987, Landscape) [Dr, Ms, Sl] . 17, Box-Folder folder: 13-15, oversize: 5, Folder
    • Mendelsohn Residence (Westwood, California, 1975, Residential) [Dr] . oversize: 2, Folder
    • Nelson Swimming Pool (Le Mesa, California, 1978, Residential) [Dr] . oversize: 4, Folder
    • Neumann Addition (Santa Monica, California, 1974, Residential) [Dr, Ph] . oversize: 3, Folder
    • New House (Cape Town, South Africa, 1958, Residential) [Ph] . 1, Box-Folder folder: 6,
    • Office Layout II for Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (Los Angeles, California, 1985, Commercial) [Dr, Ms, Sm] . 13, Box-Folder folder: 6-7, oversize: 7, Folder
    • O'Neil Remodel (Los Angeles, California, 1970, Residential) [Dr, Ph] . oversize: 4, Folder oversize: 10, Folder
    • Ramirez Residence (Los Angeles, California, 1985, Residential) [Dr] . oversize: 8, Folder
    • Robie Landscape (Mandeville Canyon, California, 1989, Landscape) [Dr] . oversize: 8, Folder
    • Rose Landscaping (Unknown, Unknown, 1988, Landscape) [Dr] . oversize: 5, Folder
    • Sheinkopf Landscaping (Palm Springs, California, 1978, Landscape) [Dr] . oversize: 4, Folder
    • Silverman Landscape (Pacific Palisades, California, 1982, Landscape) [Dr,Ms] . 1, Box-Folder folder: 17-18, oversize: 4, Folder
    • Southern California Counseling Center (Los Angeles, California, 1981, Commercial) [Ms, Sm] . 1, Box-Folder folder: 16,
    • Stiehm Addition (Santa Monica, California, 1975, Residential) [Dr] . oversize: 2, Folder
    • Steinberg Landscaping (Beverly Hills, California, 1972, Landscape) [Dr] . oversize: 3, Folder
    • Tamboers Koof Addition (Cape Town, South Africa, 1958, Residential) [Ph] . 1, Box-Folder folder: 5,
    • Teffeteller Addition (Los Angeles, California, 1975-1976, Residential) [Dr] . oversize: 2, Folder
    • University of California at Davis-Arboretum Competition (Davis, California, 1988, Landscape) [Dr] . oversize: 9, Folder
    • Weisenfeld Addition (Brentwood, California, 1973, Residential) [Dr] . oversize: 3, Folder
    • Williams Residence (Brookings, Oregon, 1986, Residential) [Dr,Ph,Ms,Sm] . 16, Box-Folder folder: 12-20, 17, Box-Folder folder: 1-12, 18, Box-Folder folder: 4-, oversize: 9, Folder
    • Wilshire Boulevard (Santa Monica, California, 1983-1984, Public Works) [Dr,Ph,PB,Ms] . 11-12, Box oversize: 6, Folder
    • Yorkshire Landscaping (Beverly Hills, California, 1980, Landscape) [Dr] . oversize: 4, Folder