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Descriptive Inventory for the Albert Hecht papers, 1908-1960, bulk 1929-1960

Albert Hecht papers

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Descriptive Inventory for the Albert Hecht papers, 1908-1960, bulk 1929-1960

Prepared by Kit Fluker; ed. by Rachel Juris, 2011.
Processed with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
  
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Albert Hecht papers, 1908-1960 (inclusive), 1929-1960 (bulk)
Creators: Albert Hecht
United States. Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works
United States. Federal Works Agency
United States. Public Works Administration
Dates: 1908-1960 (inclusive), 1929-1960 (bulk)
Accession number: 2010.0028
Bib number: 00217575
Call number: MSS Lot H
Size: 3 linear feet (7 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of Robert Rusnak (accession #: 2010.0028).

Terms governing use:

All rights owned by the donor, including copyright, were deeded to Chicago Historical Society. Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

This collection is open for research use.

Please cite this collection as:

Albert Hecht papers (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Collection Summary +/-

Correspondence, financial and legal files, architectural drawings, and other papers of Albert Hecht, a Chicago architect. Much of the collection relates to the financial and legal aspects of Hecht's architectural practice, including legal correspondence and contracts with the Lincoln Construction Company, and records of Hecht's income and expenditures. The collection includes some plans and other drawings for buildings, as well as land surveys. Some materials document Hecht's employment as an engineer under the Public Works Administration and the Federal Works Agency during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Also present are files related to Hecht's efforts to convert his property in Cameron County, Texas, into an orchard, as well as efforts to sell the property.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Albert S. Hecht (d. 1966) was a Chicago architect whose designs included the Georgian Hotel in Evanston (Ill.), the Norman Hotel in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago (Ill.), and the Rusnak Brothers Furniture Company facility on Devon Avenue in Chicago (Ill.). Hecht began his career as an architect in 1894, and started his own practice in 1896. In 1934, with architectural commissions scarce because of the Great Depression, he closed his firm and began work as an engineer for the Public Works Administration (later consolidated into the Federal Works Agency). Hecht returned to architecture in the late 1940s. From then until the 1950s, his work included designs for factory buildings, private residences, and apartment buildings, primarily in Chicago and Evanston. Hecht was also involved with real estate, and owned property in Texas.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Architects--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Architecture--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Architecture--Illinois--Evanston--20th century
Engineers--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Orchards--Texas--Cameron County--20th century
Real property--Texas--Cameron County--20th century
Persons:
Hecht, Albert S., d. 1966--Archives
Hecht, Rose
Organizations:
United States. Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works
United States. Federal Works Agency
United States. Public Works Administration
Genre/Form:
Architectural drawings
Clippings
Contracts
Correspondence
Financial records
Portrait photographs
Geographic:
Cameron County (Tex.)--Commerce--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Commerce--20th century
Evanston (Ill.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in four series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Building design and construction files, 1929-1957 (box 1-3, 7)
Series 2. General financial and legal files, 1908-1960 (box 4-5)
Series 3. Federal Works Agency employment files, 1935-1949 (box 5)
Series 4. Cameron County, Texas property files, 1930-1948 (box 6)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Julie Tanaka using Oxygen editor, 2016.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to the Explore Chicago Collections portal.
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