Jack Simmerling collection

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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

In process. 6 bankers boxes of material by Jack Simmerling consisting of notes, photographs, sketches, floor plans, clippings, printed ephemera, and a typescript for Simmerling’s book Chicago’s Old Houses.

Biographical Historical Note

John Joseph (Jack) Simmerling, Jr. was an artist who devoted his career to painting and drawing houses, especially the late-19th-century domestic architecture of what is now called Chicago’s Prairie Avenue District. In the 1950s, when many of the neighborhood’s houses were being demolished, Simmerling worked for a demolition crew to gain access to the buildings and salvage fragments from their ornate interiors. Simmerling operated a gallery in Blue Island, Illinois, where he displayed his images of the lost houses alongside these artifacts.