Gunnar Birkerts papers: 1930-2017
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Researchers are encouraged to access both the Gunnar Birkerts and Associates Collection and the Gunnar Birkerts Collection at the Bentley Historical Library. When studied together, they give the richest possible picture of the architectural design process, from the ecstatic moment of the conception of a building through the meticulous development of schematic design, design development and construction drawings. The Gunnar Birkerts and Associates Collection is distinguished from the Gunnar Birkerts Collection by its aggregation of 69 linear feet of the firm's textual records and 7158 drawings which document the design process for 14 of Birkerts' most critically acclaimed buildings. A separate finding aid for the Gunnar Birkerts and Associates Collection can be electronically accessed at This should be consulted by those interested in studying the evolution of the design process for the following buildings, which were selected because they represent the significance and diversity of the architect's work:

  1. Haley Funeral Home (1960-1961)
  2. University Reformed Church (1960-1964)
  3. Freeman Residence (1964-1966)
  4. Lincoln Elementary School (1965-1967)
  5. Tougaloo College Master Plan, Library and Dormitories (1965-1972)
  6. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (1967-1973)
  7. Duluth Public Library (1969-1980)
  8. S.U.N.Y., Purchase College, Dance Instructional Facility (1970-1976)
  9. Corning Municipal Fire Station (1973-1974)
  10. Calvary Baptist Church (1974-1977)
  11. University of Michigan Law Library Addition (1974-1981)
  12. Corning Museum of Glass (1976-1980)
  13. Ferguson Residence (1980-1983)
  14. St. Peter's Lutheran Church (1981-1988)