Architectural records and personal papers of Dwight Perkins

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1890–1975
Survey Repository: 

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

6 linear feet of material consisting of correspondence, reports, news clippings, articles, scrapbooks, photographs, and architectural drawings relating to the career and family life of noted architect Dwight Perkins. Also included are correspondence and a drawing by Lucy Fitch Perkins (wife of Dwight Perkins) and correspondence about Marion Mahony Griffin.

Biographical Historical Note

Dwight Heald Perkins was a Chicago architect particularly notable as the designer of numerous public school buildings.

Lucy Fitch Perkins was an American children's book author and illustrator, famous for writing the Twins series of books. She was married to architect Dwight Perkins, who designed their home in Evanston, Illinois.

Marion Mahony Griffin was an architect and artist who spent part of her early career in the practice of her first cousin, Dwight Perkins. Marion Mahony then spent several years as an assistant and chief draftsman in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park, Illinois, studio. She married architect Walter Burley Griffin in 1911 and partnered with him in his extensive work in Australia.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Dwight Perkins Exhibition Photographs, 1989, Chicago History Museum