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Charles H. Warner, Jr. architectural records, 1940s-1990s

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Charles H. Warner, Jr. architectural records, 1940s-1990s, Department of Drawings and Archives, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

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Summary Information

Abstract

Charles H. Warner Jr. was a New York-based architect active from the 1940s through the 1990s. Warner designed many buildings on college campuses in the United States and abroad. Additionally, Warner built many hotels, working extensively with Hilton Hotels to build new establishments all over the world. His work in foreign countries underscores his core architectural principle of designing "in context," or incorporating local culture and tradition into his buildings. Some of his more well-known hotel projects include the Ramses Hilton in Cairo and the Caribe Hilton in San Juan.

At a Glance

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Creator(s):Warner, Charles H., Jr.
Title:Charles H. Warner, Jr. architectural records, 1940s-1990s
Physical description:approximately 16 linear feet (in 11 document boxes, 7.5 manuscript boxes, and 6 oversize boxes)
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection is available for use by qualified readers by appointment in the Dept. of Archives & Drawings' Reading Room, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. The majority of this collection is maintained in off-site storage and must retrieved with advance notification. For further information and to make an appointment to use this collection, please call (212) 854-4110 or email avery-drawings@libraries.columbia.edu.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

The collection is made up of two series:

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Description

Scope and Content

The Charles H. Warner Jr. collection includes a wide variety of materials. Generally, these materials are divided into the following groupings: papers, presentation materials, publication, photographic materials, and photographs. Papers may include, among other materials: correspondence, memoranda, newspaper clippings, various ephemera, notes, and other documents pertinent to individual projects. Publications include articles concerning specific projects written in magazines and other periodicals. Presentation materials may include reprints and photocopies of original drawings, project books, photographs of models, and photocopies of photographs, and various materials mounted for display and similar items. Photographic materials generally encompasses photograph negatives and contact sheets, photograph slides, and transparencies. Finally, photographs are sometimes divided into more specific categories like construction photographs, interior photographs and exterior photographs where appropriate.

Series I: Project Records

Comprised of four subseries: Academic Projects, Hotel Projects, Other Projects, and Unidentified Projects. The first subseries contains various records associated with Warner’s work on college and school campuses, on various library projects and on a few academic-related projects. Subseries II contains all records pertaining to hotel facilities. Subseries III encompasses those records relevant to his diverse work outside of the realm of academic and hotel projects. Lastly, the fourth subseries groups together those materials that were unable to be exactly identified with a specific project, but are still grouped by the same headings used in the other subseries.

Series II: Office/Professional Records

This series is generally composed of those materials relevant to the day to day activities of the various offices of Warner. Most of records belong to his years with WBTL. When possible, items are grouped under a unifying heading rather than their general format.

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Using the Collection

Access Restrictions

 This collection is available for use by qualified readers by appointment in the Dept. of Archives & Drawings' Reading Room, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. The majority of this collection is maintained in off-site storage and must retrieved with advance notification. For further information and to make an appointment to use this collection, please call (212) 854-4110 or email avery-drawings@libraries.columbia.edu.

Restrictions on Use

Columbia University is providing access to the materials in the Library's collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of Columbia University is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. In addition to permission from Columbia University, permission of the copyright owner (if not Columbia University) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distributions, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. Columbia University makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

Preferred Citation

Charles H. Warner, Jr. architectural records, 1940s-1990s, Department of Drawings and Archives, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Avery Architecture and Fine Arts Library. Department of Drawings and Archives; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lauren Robbins, Graduate Intern, under the supervision of Shelley Hayreh, Avery Archivist, in 2014-2015.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 10, 2015 Finding aid written in English.
    2015-06-10 File created.

CLIO ID: 11415461 View CLIO record

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Index Terms

The names and terms listed below are represented in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a consortial/union catalog offered by OCLC that allows users to search the holdings of multiple archives and libraries.

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Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Hilton International (Firm)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Brown University--Buildings--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University--Buildings--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cornell University--Buildings--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Corning Community College--Buildings--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Duke University--Buildings--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hofstra University--Buildings--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kingsborough Community College--Buildings--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
LaGuardia Community College--Buildings--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Oberlin University--Buildings--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Pace University--Buildings--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Princeton University--Buildings--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rutgers University--Buildings--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sarah Lawrence College--Buildings--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
University of Pennsylvania--Buildings--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
University of Toronto--Buildings--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wesleyan University--Buildings--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Paris Theater (New York, N.Y.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Academic libraries--United States--Buildings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--United States--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--Middle East--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--Africa--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--Caribbean Area--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
City planning.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hotels--Africa--Design and construction.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hotels--Caribbean Area--Design and construction.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hotels--Middle East--Design and construction.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Library architecture.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

Charles H. Warner Jr. was a New York-based architect active from the 1940s through the 1990s. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1933 and from Columbia University with a master's degree in architecture in 1938. He later returned to teach architecture at Columbia and also served as a professor at Cornell University.

As a practicing architect, Warner spent most of his career with the firm Warner, Burns, Toan & Lunde of which he was a founding member and senior partner. Even after his retirement in 1981, he acted as a full-time consultant to the firm, focusing his attention on Design and Professional Development. Before establishing WBTL, he worked for architect Morris Kettchum Jr. and industrial designer Donald Deskey from 1937 to 1940, as a partner with Harold Eliot Leeds from 1947 to 1954 and in private practice from 1954 to 1956. Warner designed many buildings on college campuses in the United States and abroad. Most notable was his extensive work on his alma mater Wesleyan's campus, but he was also highly active on the campuses of Cornell, Brown University and Hofstra University. Warner was also instrumental in the firm's planning of campus of Kingsborough Community College.

Additionally, Warner built many hotels, working extensively with Hilton Hotels to build new establishments all over the world. His work in foreign countries underscores his core architectural principle of designing "in context," or incorporating local culture and tradition into his buildings. Some of his more well-known hotel projects include the Ramses Hilton in Cairo and the Caribe Hilton in San Juan.

His work also comprises a wide assortment of other projects, which account for some of his most interesting work. As a young architect he helped design the Paris Theatre in New York with Leeds. He also served as a design consultant on the Supreme Court Building in San Juan in partnership with the Puerto Rican firm Toro-Ferrer. With WBTL he was involved with a special project for which the firm designed a manned laboratory satellite for NASA. In addition, early plans for alterations to the residence of ballet superstars Mikhail Baryshinov and Lisa Rinehart in the 1990s, though it is not clear from the records if the project was ever completed. Additionally, Warner and his various partners designed conference centers, churches and retail spaces as well as undertaking city planning and a diverse assortment of other projects.

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