Baldwin Kingrey collection

Inclusive Dates: 
1939–2004 (bulk 1947–1957)

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

1.75 linear feet (4 boxes) of photographs, correspondence, personal papers, printed materials, business papers, book manuscript materials, and negatives documenting the history of Chicago modern furniture retailer Baldwin Kingrey, opened by architect Harry Weese, his wife, Kitty Baldwin Weese, and their partner, interior designer Jody Kingrey. The collection includes correspondence with contemporary European and American artists and designers and documentation of their impact on Chicagoans.

Biographical Historical Note

American architect Harry Weese, his wife, Kitty Baldwin Weese, and their partner, interior designer Jody Kingrey, opened the modern furniture retailer Baldwin Kingrey in Chicago in 1947 to offer affordable functional furniture as well as textiles, glassware, and other accessories from European and American designers. The store was a gathering place for students and faculty at the Institute of Design as well as Chicago's modern architects and interior designers. Baldwin Kingrey was sold in 1957 and remained open in its original location through the mid-1960s. A second Baldwin Kingrey store was opened in late 1947 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and closed a year later.