MC 00433 Guide to the Harwell Hamilton Harris Architectural Drawings, 1964
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Harris, Harwell Hamilton, 1903-1990
0.4 Linear feet
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Gift of the Triangle Modernist Houses Archives.
Processed by Emily Walters, 2012 January; Finding aid written by Tish Wiggs, 2012 January
The Harwell Hamilton Harris Architectural Drawings consist of blueprints documenting the Roy L. Lindahl residence in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Harwell Hamilton Harris was born in 1903 in Redlands, California. Harris originally trained to be a sculpture but decided to change to architecture upon seeing the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. While never formally trained as an architect, Harris apprenticed with the noted modernists Richard Neurta and Rudolf Schindler. Harris established his own practice in Los Angeles in 1933 and maintained it for nearly twenty years, with only a one-year gap in 1943, when he taught at Columbia University. During this time, he married Jean Murray Bangs and she remained an important influence on his work until her death.
In 1952, Harris became the Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. Though lacking both formal training and administrative experience, Harris was able hire in a number of new faculty members, bringing an important modernist flare to the school. Internal tensions caused Harris to resign in 1955, at which time he moved to Dallas, Texas. In 1962, he accepted teaching position at North Carolina State University, where he taught until his retirement. In addition to his work in academy, Harris is remembered for his influential modernist-style architectural works in California, Texas, and North Carolina.
Harris was a fellow of the American Institute of Architects (1965) and a recipient of the Richard Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence (1982). In 1985, North Carolina State University awarded him an honorary doctorate. At his death in 1990, he donated his private collections and drawings to all the universities at which he worked, with the majority going to the University of Texas. The Harris Lecture Series at North Carolina State University is named in his honor.
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