Richard C. Bell Drawings and Other Materials 1961-2003

Creators
Glazener, Dennis, 1955-2010; Bell, Richard C., 1928-
Size
186.7 linear feet
Location

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Call number
MC 00084

The Richard C. Bell Drawings and Other Materials, 1961-2003, document the professional activities of landscape architect Richard C. Bell. The collection consists of landscape plans and planting details, prospective elevations, and technical drawings, as well as associated architecture plans created by partnering architectural firms. A small number of project files, which document both residential and public spaces, are also found in the collection. Bell’s projects include private residences, subdivision developments, municipal and civic structures, various businesses, and some two dozen college and universities.

Richard C. Bell (1928- ), a native of Manteo, N.C., received a degree in landscape architecture from North Carolina State University's College of Design (then, the North Carolina State College School of Design) in 1950. Afterwards, he apprenticed under Simonds Simonds of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Frederick B. Stresau of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. At the age of 21, he became the youngest designer to receive the Prix de Rome, allowing him to study in Europe for two years. He became a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. In 1954, Bell became a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and he was elected to Fellowship in the organization in 1980. In 1955, Bell founded his first firm in Raleigh, N.C., and for many years operated the business from its award-winning office space, Water Garden Office Park. His son-in-law Dennis Glazener worked for the firm, and eventually became a partner. Bell Retired in 2007.

Biographical/historical note

Richard C. Bell (1928- ), a native of Manteo, N.C., received a degree in landscape architecture from North Carolina State University’s College of Design (then, the North Carolina State College School of Design) in 1950. Afterwards, he apprenticed under Simonds Simonds of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Frederick B. Stresau of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. At the age of 21, he became the youngest designer to receive the Prix de Rome, allowing him to study in Europe for two years. He became a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. In 1954, Bell became a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and he was elected to Fellowship in the organization in 1980.

In 1955, Bell founded his first firm in Raleigh, N.C., and continued to operate the business under various names from its award-winning office space, Water Garden Office Park, until his retirement in 2007. Upon Bell’s retirement, the firm was handed over to his longtime partner and son-in-law, Dennis Glazener (1955-2010). Over the course of his career, Bell completed over 2,000 landscape architecture projects, received honor awards from 27 national groups, including the American Association of Nurserymen, lectured on environmental design at universities and professional organizations, and served as a member of Raleigh’s Planning Commission. In 2008, in recognition of his contributions to the City of Raleigh, Bell was inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame.

Adapted from: Bell, Richard C. “About.” Peebles in the Pond: News and Musings by Landscape Architect Dick Bell. 29 June 2009. 18 May 2011 http://dickbell.wordpress.com/about/.

Scope/content

The Richard C. Bell Papers, 1961-2003, document the professional activities of landscape architect Richard C. Bell. The collection consists of landscape plans and planting details, prospective elevations and technical drawings, as well as associated architecture plans created by partnering architectural firms. A small number of project files are also found in the collection. Works are concentrated in North Carolina, but projects from Virginia and South Carolina constitute a noticeable minority in the collection. A limited number of projects, typically entries to design competitions, are from other states.

The collection includes Bell’s projects at private residences, subdivision developments, municipal and civic structures, various businesses, and some two dozen college and universities. Well-known educational facilities projects include North Carolina State University’s University Plaza (the Brickyard), master plans for St. Mary’s College (now St. Mary’s School) and Appalachian State University, the Amphitheater and Lake at Meredith College, and various campus enhancements at East Carolina University and Duke University. Other prominent works include Fearrington Village in Chatham County, redevelopment of Raleigh’s Pullen Park, and Bicentennial Plaza in Raleigh, which includes North Carolina’s Legislature Building and the state’s science and history museums.

Physical description

894 tubes, 32 flat folders, 3 document cases

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two series:

  • Drawings
  • Project Files

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Richard C. Bell Drawings and Other Materials, MC 00084, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

Source of acquisition

Gift of Richard C. Bell, 2007 (Accession no. 2007.0343)

Processing information

Processed by: Aaron Cusick and Matisha Wiggs; machine-readable finding aid created by: Aaron Cusick, Matisha Wiggs, and Emily Walters, August 2011.

Sponsor

This collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program.

The collection is organized into two principal series:

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Richard C. Bell Drawings and Other Materials, MC 00084, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.