Leviseur, Elsa, Architectural Collection Elsa Leviseur Architectural Collection, 1950-1990 Ms.1990.007

Elsa Leviseur Architectural Collection, 1950-1990 Ms.1990.007


Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
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Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
Business Number: 540-231-6308
URL: http://spec.lib.vt.edu

Laura Katz Smith, Manuscripts Curator; V.M. Abelsen, Student Assistant; and Harvey Clark, Student Assistant

Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Elsa Leviseur Architectural Collection 1950-1990
13.2 Cubic Feet, 19 boxes and 10 oversize folders
Leviseur, Elsa, b.1932
Please note: Boxed materials in this collection are in off-site storage and requires 2-3 days notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives for more information.
The materials in the collection are in English.
Elsa Leviseur was born in 1932 and practiced architecture and landscape architecture in South Africa, England, and California. Her 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

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The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Elsa Leviseur Architectural Collection, Ms1990-007, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

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 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.


The collection is divided into three series: I. Personal Papers; II. Professional Papers; and III. Project Records.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Elsa Leviseur 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

Series I. Personal Papers
1953-1954, 1980, n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 2
    B.A. Thesis, University of Cape Town--Photonegatives of Art Training Center
  • box-folder 18 folder: 16
    Curriculum Vitae
  • oversize folder: 6
    Landscape Sketches
  • box-folder 1 folder: 14 oversize folder: 6
    Master's Thesis--An Interpretive Ferry Service for the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area
  • box-folder 1 folder: 3
    Peter--Racing Car Design--Photographs
  • oversize folder: 6 oversize folder: 10
    Photographs, Photo Plates, and Fixed Line Siver Halide
  • oversize folder: 6
    Season's Greetings-Salutation-Fixed Line Silver Halide
Series II. Professional Papers
  • box-folder 1 folder: 19 oversize folder: 6
    Association for Women in Architecture Conference (Scripps College, Claremont, California)--Women Up Front: Architectural Options
  • box-folder 13 folder: 3
    Chronology of Year's Transmittals and Correspondence
  • box-folder 1 folder: 13
    Roosevelt Island Competition, Fixed Line Zinc Halide
  • box-folder 13 folder: 2
    Santa Monica Multi-family Housing Rehabilitation (Santa Monica, California)--Description of firm qualifications for project
  • box-folder 1 folder: 15 box-folder 13 folder: 1 box-folder 13 folder: 3
    Stationary for Leviseur Architects
  • oversize folder: 6
    Women in Environmental Design-Program Announcement
  • box-folder 13 folder: 1
    Writings by and about Elsa Leviseur
Series III. Project Records
Scope and Content

The following is a list of architectural projects carried out by Elsa Leviseur and/or her firm Leviseur Architects.


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
    • box-folder 1 folder: 4
      List of Projects
    • box-folder 1 folder: 7 oversize folder: 4
      Anstey Addition (Westerham, Kent, Great Britain, 1967, residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • box-folder 1 folder: 8 oversize folder: 4
      Anstey Residence (Dale Pembs, Wales, 1967-1968, residential) [Dr, Ph, Ms]
    • box-folder 1 folder: 9 oversize folder: 4
      Anstey Vacation Cottage (Dales, Wales, 1969, residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • oversize folder: 3
      Borun Addition (Los Angeles, CA, 1977, residential) [Dr]
    • box-folder 1 folder: 1
      Camps Bay Residence (Cape Town, South Africa, 1950, Residential) [Ph]
    • box-folder 18 folder: 1-3 box-folder 18 folder: 8 oversize folder: 7
      Castro Crest Trailhead (Santa Monica Mountains, California, 1986, Landscape) [Dr, Ph, Ms, Sm]
    • oversize folder: 4
      Center Landscaping (Unknown, Unknown, 1984, Landscape) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 4
      Chambers Addition (Sherman Oaks, California, 1980, Residential) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 5
      Cherry Residence (Santa Monica, California, 1976, Residential) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 3
      Delaney Addition (Los Angeles, California, 1977, Residential) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 4
      Dembeck/Warshaw Landscaping (Los Angeles, California, 1984, Landscape) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 8
      Dewey Residence (Unknown, Unknown, 1988, Residential) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 1
      Drabkin Addition (Brentwood, California, 1976, Residential) [Dr]
    • box-folder 13 folder: 8-10 oversize folder: 8
      Edna Erspamer Duplex (Santa Monica, California, 1985, Residential) [Dr, Ms, Sl, Sm]
    • oversize folder: 5
      Fitzerald Duplex (Manhattan Beach, California, 1984, Residential) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 5
      Fitzerald Duplex Addition (Manhattan Beach, California,1984, Residential) [Dr]
    • box-folder 13 folder: 5 oversize folder: 5
      Fitzgerald Residence (Manhattan Beach, California, 1984, Residential) [Dr, Ms, Sm]
    • box-folder 18 folder: 14
      Fleischer Landscape (Los Angeles, California, 1987, Landscape) [Ms]
    • box-folder 1 folder: 10 oversize folder: 1
      Fleischmann Addition (Brentwood, California, 1975, Residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • box-folder 13 folder: 4
      Feuer Landscaping (Malibu, California, 1985, Landscape) [Ms]
    • box 14 box-folder 15 folder: 1-13 box 16 oversize folder: 10
      Gould Residence-Phase 1 and Phase 2 (Pacific Palisades, California, 1984-1989, Residential) [Dr, Ms, Sm]
    • box-folder 15 folder: 14-19 box-folder 16 folder: 1-11
      Hart Residence (Topanga, California, 1984-1988, Residential) [Ph, Ms, Sm]
    • box-folder 18 folder: 15 oversize folder: 7
      Henick Landscape (Santa Monica, California, 1988, Landscape) [Dr, Ph]
    • oversize folder: 7
      Hershey Residence (Pacific Palisades, California, 1986, Residential) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 5
      Hinerfeld Residence (Los Angeles, California, 1986, Residential) [Dr]
    • box 2 box 19
      Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles, California, 1982-1988, Commercial) [Ms]
    • box 7 oversize folder: 8
      Hollywood Bowl-Display/Sales Area (Los Angeles, California, 1983-1984, Commercial) [Dr, Ms, Sm]
    • box-folder 9 folder: 17-21
      Hollywood Bowl-Marquee (Los Angeles, California, 1983-1984, Commercial) [Dr, Ms, Sm]
    • box-folder 3 folder: 10 box-folder 6 folder: 8 oversize folder: 6
      Hollywood Bowl-Museum (Los Angeles, California, 1982-1985, Graphic Design) [Dr, Ph, PB, Ms, SM]
    • box 10
      Hollywood Bowl-Restaurant (Los Angeles, California, 1983-1984, Commercial) [Dr, Ms]
    • box-folder 3 folder: 6 box-folder 8 folder: 9 box-folder 10 folder: 11 oversize folder: 7
      Hollywood Bowl- Season Ticket Office (Los Angeles, California, 1983-1984, Commercial) [Dr, Ph, Ms, Sm]
    • oversize folder: 4
      Hollywood Bowl-Studio Club (Los Angeles, California, 1980, Commercial) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 4
      Horatio West Court Planting (Santa Monica, California, n.d., Landscape) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 3
      Jager Addition (Unknown, Unknown, n.d., Residential) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 8
      Kelly, Tom, Photo Studio Addition (West Hollywood, California, 1985, Residential) [Dr]
    • box-folder 1 folder: 11 oversize folder: 5
      Knight Landscape Addition (Brentwood, California, 1973, Residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • oversize folder: 4
      Long Addition (Mandeville Canyon, California, 1978, Residential) [Dr]
    • box-folder 17 folder: 13-15 oversize folder: 5
      Mayer Landscaping (Sherman Oaks, California, 1986-1987, Landscape) [Dr, Ms, Sl]
    • oversize folder: 2
      Mendelsohn Residence (Westwood, California, 1975, Residential) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 4
      Nelson Swimming Pool (Le Mesa, California, 1978, Residential) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 3
      Neumann Addition (Santa Monica, California, 1974, Residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • box-folder 1 folder: 6
      New House (Cape Town, South Africa, 1958, Residential) [Ph]
    • box-folder 13 folder: 6-7 oversize folder: 7
      Office Layout II for Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (Los Angeles, California, 1985, Commercial) [Dr, Ms, Sm]
    • oversize folder: 4 oversize folder: 10
      O'Neil Remodel (Los Angeles, California, 1970, Residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • oversize folder: 8
      Ramirez Residence (Los Angeles, California, 1985, Residential) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 8
      Robie Landscape (Mandeville Canyon, California, 1989, Landscape) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 5
      Rose Landscaping (Unknown, Unknown, 1988, Landscape) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 4
      Sheinkopf Landscaping (Palm Springs, California, 1978, Landscape) [Dr]
    • box-folder 1 folder: 17-18 oversize folder: 4
      Silverman Landscape (Pacific Palisades, California, 1982, Landscape) [Dr,Ms]
    • box-folder 1 folder: 16
      Southern California Counseling Center (Los Angeles, California, 1981, Commercial) [Ms, Sm]
    • oversize folder: 2
      Stiehm Addition (Santa Monica, California, 1975, Residential) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 3
      Steinberg Landscaping (Beverly Hills, California, 1972, Landscape) [Dr]
    • box-folder 1 folder: 5
      Tamboers Koof Addition (Cape Town, South Africa, 1958, Residential) [Ph]
    • oversize folder: 2
      Teffeteller Addition (Los Angeles, California, 1975-1976, Residential) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 9
      University of California at Davis-Arboretum Competition (Davis, California, 1988, Landscape) [Dr]
    • oversize folder: 3
      Weisenfeld Addition (Brentwood, California, 1973, Residential) [Dr]
    • box-folder 16 folder: 12-20 box-folder 17 folder: 1-12 box-folder 18 folder: 4- oversize folder: 9
      Williams Residence (Brookings, Oregon, 1986, Residential) [Dr,Ph,Ms,Sm]
    • box 11-12 oversize folder: 6
      Wilshire Boulevard (Santa Monica, California, 1983-1984, Public Works) [Dr,Ph,PB,Ms]
    • oversize folder: 4
      Yorkshire Landscaping (Beverly Hills, California, 1980, Landscape) [Dr]