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Simons & Lapham architectural drawings

Identifier: Mss 0011

Collection Overview

At least six unrelated projects are represented: (1) "Crystal Lake Country Club..., S. Lapham, Jr., designer. Akron, Ohio, March 1919." Plan and elevation (2 drawings). These two drawings are the only known examples of Lapham's work to survive from the period before his partnership with Simons. (2) Two inked plans (1 drawing) by Albert Simons for two floors of a house, 16 November 1923. (3) "Pedestals for Sculpture at Gibbes Art Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina" by Albert Simons, August 1, 1923 (two designs for pedestals). (4) "Design for marker at Memorial Avenue, Charleston, S.C. Prepared for Ladies Auxiliary, Charleston Post No. 10 American Legion" by Albert Simons, 3 & 4 August 1923. (5) Designs for the Ashley River Bridge including a pier with architectural elements and various designs for lamp posts (7 drawings), 1925. (6) Miscellaneous drawings (4 items) including plans of gardens, signs, and sun dials. Two are signed by Simons and dated 1952.


  • Creation: 1919-1952


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Historical Note

Albert Simons (1890-1980) and Samuel Lapham, Jr. (1892-1972) were Charleston architects and architectural historians. Both worked independently as architects before forming a partnership in 1920. Their partnership later expanded to include a number of other architects. A large collection of the firm's architectural drawings is held at the South Carolina Historical Society.


1 oversize paper folder (16 items)

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated by Emmett Edward Robinson.

Alternate Form of Materials

Digital reproductions available online in the Lowcountry Digital Library.

Inventory of the Simons & Lapham Architectural Drawings, 1919-1952
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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Repository Details

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