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Nathan Cronheim papers


Held at: Temple University Libraries Special Collections Research Center [Contact Us]1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA, 19122

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Nathan Cronheim was born in Staunton, Va., on May 17, 1908, and he graduated from Penn State University in 1931 with training in both architecture and engineering. Cronheim's first job was as a draftsman for the Philadelphia firm of Howe & Lescaze. During World War II Cronheim worked with Louis Kahn on several housing projects. Between 1946 and 1966 Cronheim completed some of his most significant projects in partnership with Leonard Weger. During this time Cronheim designed the air-conditioning systems for the U.S. Capitol and the Marshall Fields Dept. Store in Chicago.

The papers of this prominent Philadelphia architect/engineer include the files for numerous design jobs which contain architectural drawings, blueprints, correspondence, clippings, floor plans, contracts, construction estimates, pamphlets, brochures, manuals, newsletters, photographs, reports, specifications, and site plans. The graphic and written materials in this large collection document the entire design process including the job files for many Philadelphia area industrial and public projects, such as Picatinny Arsenal, the Northern Metal Co., the General Chemical Co., Stone Container Co., the Frankford Arsenal, Hercules Cement Co., the France Packing Co., the Joseph J. Greenburg School, and the Selinsgrove State School & Hospital. Most of these materials date from the period of Cronheim's partnerships with Leonard Weger (1946-1966) and with Joseph D. Kuo (1967-1972), while there are no materials from Cronheim's brief relationship during the war years with Louis Kahn.

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