Franz Lipp papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1930–1997

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

2.5 linear feet (5 boxes) of images and other papers documenting German-American landscape architect Franz Lipp's designs for residential, commercial, and institutional properties primarily in the Upper Midwest. Series III: Biographical Materials, Box FF 4.1, includes a photographic image of Franz Lipp at Yellowstone National Park, Montana; Box 4 contains a scrapbook of photocopied papers consisting of research materials, publications, and correspondence relating to Lipp's career and his landscape photography (reproduced from a scrapbook compiled by Franz Lipp and lent for duplication to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives by Josephine Lipp, c.1998).

Biographical Historical Note

Born in Leipzig, Germany, landscape architect Franz Lipp learned basic horticulture and engineering while he was detained in New South Wales, Australia, during World War I. Lipp eventually moved to Chicago in 1923, working first for Jens Jensen and then forming his own firm. During the Depression, he undertook a monumental photographic survey of Yellowstone National Park; the resulting photographs were exhibited at the Art Institute in 1951. Lipp created designs for landscaping for numerous public and private buildings, working with many major architectural firms.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Franz Lipp Collection of Visual Materials, John Walley Papers, Chicago History Museum.