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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

I. Project Files and General Correspondence, 1972-1998

II. Drawings, 1922-1949, 1975-1998

Austin History Center

David Hoffman & Co. Records and Drawings

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Hoffman, David
Title: David Hoffman & Co. Records and Drawings
Inclusive Dates: 1922-1998
Bulk Dates: 1987-1994
Abstract: David Hoffman & Co., Architects and Consultants is an architectural firm formed in 1987 that specializes in the restoration and preservation of historic structures. The collection contains project files representing thirty-seven projects and 496 architectural drawings representing thirty-eight projects dating from 1987 through 1998.
Identification: AR.2009.017
Quantity: 5.6 linear feet (14 boxes) and 2 flat file drawers (326 architectural drawings)
Location: Architectural Archives, Outer Vault
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,  810 Guadalupe,  PO BOX 2287,  Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

David Hoffman, born in Dallas, Texas, graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas in 1972. While at the University of Texas he received a Texas Historical Resource Fellowship, sponsored by the Texas Architectural Foundation and the San Antonio Conservation Society, and developed a historical and architectural study for Roma, Texas.

Hoffman began his career with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as the Head Architect for Historic Sites and Restoration Branch. In 1973 Hoffman, along with Wayne Bell and John Klein, founded Bell, Klein and Hoffman (name changed to Bell & Hoffman in 1986). Bell, Klein and Hoffman specialized in the restoration and preservation of historic structures. Acting both as the architects and restoration consultants the firm was able to provide basic architectural services as well as extensive knowledge about adaptive reuse of historic buildings. In later years the firm expanded into "sensitive new design." In 1987 Hoffman established his own firm, David Hoffman & Co., Architects and Consultants. Again, the focus was on historic preservation, with Hoffman serving as the architect and project manager for many of the firm's projects. In addition he conducts physical investigations of historic building fabric to locate and document evidence of original form and detailings, performs cultural resource surveys, and develops historic structure reports.

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Scope and Contents

The Project Files and General Correspondence series (1972-1998) contains correspondence, designs and plans, specifications, project manuals, research files, photographs, transmittals, contracts, bid documents, proposals, financial documents, meeting notes, product samples, photographic materials (photographs, slides and negatives) and Historic Preservation Certification Applications that documents thirty-seven David Hoffman & Co. projects. The Project Files are arranged numerically by job number. Significant projects represented in these files include the Hermann Hospital Cullen Pavilion in Houston, TX; Austin Woman's Club; 200 Avenue D in Killeen, TX; Littlefield Building/Mall in Austin, TX; Moonlight Towers in Austin, TX; Pioneer Farm in Austin, TX; Praetorian Building in Waco, TX; Austin History Center; University of Texas Master Plan and the Goddess of Liberty Pavilion in Austin, Texas. In addition to project files the series contains General Correspondence files for the years 1987 through 1990.

The Drawings series (1922-1949, 1975-1998) contains 496 architectural drawings representing thirty-eight projects dating from 1987 through 1998. Included are sketches, plans, sections, elevations, details, maps, working drawings, and presentation drawings created by David Hoffman. In addition there are some original architectural drawings dating from 1922 to 1949 are for buildings restored and/or renovated by David Hoffman & Co that were used for reference. Commercial, public and residential designs are represented equally in the collection, with the addition of a few medical and educational projects. Among the buildings included in the drawings series are: Dewitt C. Greer State Highway Building in Austin, TX; Praetorian Building in Waco, TX; Jones Residence in Houston, TX; Sam Houston State University - Peabody Building and Steamboat House in Huntsville, TX; Austin History Center in Austin, TX; Moonlight Towers Restoration in Austin, TX; Hermann Hospital Cullen Pavilion in Houston, TX and Goddess of Liberty Pavilion in Austin, TX.

While there are some projects that are documented by both project files and drawings there are some project files without the corresponding architectural drawings and vice versa. The job numbers listed in the project files are directly transcribed from the file folders donated by the creator. However, the job numbers where inversed when the architectural drawings were cataloged so that the year was represented first. For example, if the creator job number was listed as DH2-95 (second project in the year 1995) it is listed as DH-95002 in the Architectural Archives database.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series:
I. Project Files and General Correspondence
II. Architectural Drawings

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

None.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Hoffman, David.
Organizations:
Bell, Klein & Hoffman.
David Hoffman & Co., Architects and Consultants.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)
Subjects:
Architecture--Texas.
Historic buildings--Texas.
Historic Preservation--Texas.
Historic sites--Texas--Austin--Conservation and Restoration.
Document Types:
Architectural drawings
Manuscript materials.
Negatives.
Photographs.
Slides.

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Related Material

Archives and Manuscripts


  • AR.2009.009 Bell, Klein and Hoffman Records and Drawings
  • AR.2012.007 James Steely Historic Preservation Papers

Austin Files


  • AF Biography: Hoffman, David.
  • AF Subject: Architects - Bell, Klein & Hoffman A5600 (22)

General and Mechanical Specification for Addition to Austin Woman's Club by Jessen Jessen Millhouse & Greeven not retained in the Hoffman collection because a copy exists in AR.2009.018 Jessen Associates Records.

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Separated Material

General Collection

The following titles found in the collection were removed and added to the AHC General Collection.

  1. Long, Walter E. Wings Over Austin, 1962.
  2. A History of the Tips Building, 1981.
  3. Austin Geological Society. The Cityscape-Geology, Construction Materials, and Environment in Austin, Texas, 1986.
  4. Hayes, Donna Loyless. The History and Evolution of the North-Evans Home and the Austin Woman's Club, 1986.
  5. Bell, Klein & Hoffman. St. Edwards University: A Preservation Analysis for Five Older Campus Structures, 1981.

The following titles were part of the collection but several copies already exist in the AHC General Collection so these copies were not retained.

  1. A History of the Aynesworth-Wright House, 1979.
  2. A History of the Tips Building, 1978.
  3. Greenhill, Sharon. Historic Austin: A Collection of Walking/Driving Tours, 1981.
  4. Hart, Katherine. 19th Century Austin, 1970.
  5. Adair, A. Garland. Austin and Commodore Perry, 1956.
  6. Porter, Jenny Lind. The Judge's Collection, 1982.
  7. Charles Hall Page & Associates, Inc. Austin Historic Preservation Plan, 1981
  8. Bell, Klein & Hoffman. Elisabet Ney Museum: Preservation Analysis, 1979.
  9. Sinclair, Black. Austin Creeks, 1978.

The Waco Historic Resources Survey records have been transferred to the Historic Waco Foundation and the Gonzales Historic Resources Survey records have been transferred to the Gonzales County Historical Commission.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

There were several donation of both David Hoffman & Co.; Bell, Klein & Hoffman and Bell & Hoffman records by David Hoffman during the 1990s. The donations were divided into two collections with the job number being the determining factor. Bell, Klein & Hoffman used a purely numeric job number and David Hoffman & Co. used a similar numbering system but added DH to the beginning of the job number.

Preferred Citation

David Hoffman & Co. Records and Drawings (AR.2009.017). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1974/065

Donation Date: 1992, 1994, 1998

Donor #: DO/1974/099

Donation Date: 1993, 1995

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2012. Architectural drawings processed by Ida Scott in 1986.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

I. Project Files and General Correspondence, 1972-1998

Box Folder
1 1 General correspondence, 1987
2 Albrecht residence (DH1-87), circa 1987
3-6 Hermann Hospital - Cullen Pavilion (DH3-87), 1986-1989
Box Folder
2 1-5 Hermann Hospital - Cullen Pavilion (DH3-87), 1986-1990
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Negatives drawer Photographic negatives, 1987-1988
Box Folder
3 1-6 Hermann Hospital - Cullen Pavilion (DH3-87), 1986-1989
Box Folder
4 1-2 Hermann Hospital - Cullen Pavilion (DH3-87), 1987-1988
3-6 Raleigh Hotel, Waco (DH6-87), 1987-1988, undated
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault B&W Negatives drawer Photographic negatives, undated
Box Folder
4 7 Littlefield Building/Mall (DH13-87), 1987-1989
Box Folder
5 1-4 Littlefield Building/Mall (DH13-87), 1987-1990
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Negatives drawer Photographic negatives, circa 1989
Box Folder
5 5 Hurt house (DH17-87), 1987-1988
6 Bergstrom-Austin Community Council, 1987-1988
7-8 General correspondence, 1988
9 Green Pastures (DH1-88), 1988
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Negatives drawer Photographic negatives, circa 1988
Box Folder
6 1-2 Moonlight Towers - Phase I and II (DH3-88), 1992-1994
3 Blanco County Estate (DH4-88), 1988-1989
4 Highway 290 W., Dripping Springs (DH5-88), 1988
5 Carla Allen consultation (DH7-88), 1987-1992
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Negatives drawer Photographic negatives, undated
Box Folder
6 6-7 104-110 Avenue D, Killeen (DH8-88), 1987-1988
8-9 Austin Woman's Club (DH9-88), 1986-1988
Box Folder
7 1-5 Austin Woman's Club (DH9-88), 1974-1996
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Negatives drawer Photographic negatives, 1989, undated
Box Folder
7 6-12 200 Avenue D, Killeen, TX (DH10-88), 1988-1989
Box Folder
8 1 109 E. 10th Street, J. Wooten (DH16-88), 1988
2-3 801 Congress Avenue (DH18-88), 1983-1988
4-6 Walter Bremond House historic certification (DH20-88), 1988-1993
7 Great Hills III - Hewlett-Packard Lease Space (DH21-88), 1988
8 General correspondence, 1989
9 Magnolia House nomination, Cameron, TX (DH4-89), 1989
10 Railroad stations, City of Waco (DH5-89), 1989
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Negatives drawer Photographic negatives, circa 1989
Box Folder
9 1 Hyde Park Center (DH8-89), 1989
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Negatives drawer Photographic negatives, circa 1989
Box Folder
9 2-4 Pioneer Farm (DH9-89), 1989, undated
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault B&W Negatives drawer Photographic negatives, circa 1989
Box Folder
9 5-6 Praetorian Building, Waco (DH13-89), 1984-1991
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Negatives drawer Photographic negatives, circa 1989
Box Folder
10 1-3 Trask House (DH14-89), 1989-1991
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault B&W and Color Negatives drawers Photographic negatives, 1990
Box Folder
10 4-6 Water Filtration Building, Waco (DH16-89), 1990, undated
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Negatives drawer Photographic negatives, circa 1990
Box Folder
10 7 General correspondence, 1990
8 200 Avenue D, Killeen (DH2-90), 1991, undated
9-10 2407 Harris Boulevard (DH4-90), 1972, 1990
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Negatives drawer Photographic negatives, circa 1990
Box Folder
10 11 Alvord residence, Chappel Hill (DH2-91), 1991
Box Folder
11 1 Gas street lighting (DH2-92), 1992, undated
2 Nelson house, Georgetown (DH5-92), circa 1992
Box Folder
13 1-6 Austin History Center (DH1-93), 1993-1997
Box Folder
14 1-7 Austin History Center (DH1-93), 1993-1997
Box Folder
11 3 Junior League building (DH18-93), 1994
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Negatives drawer Photographic negatives, circa 1994
Box Folder
11 4-8 University of Texas master plan (DH3-94), 1965, 1975, 1994-1996, undated
9-10 Goddess of Liberty Pavilion (DH2-95), 1995-1996
Box Folder
12 1-3 Goddess of Liberty Pavilion (DH2-95), 1995-1996
4-6 Brown Building (DH19-96), 1996-1997
7 315-323 Congress consultation (DH2-97), 1997
8 Maxey house (DH6-97), 1998
9 Senate Chamber video camera installation, 1996
10 2622 Wichita photo documentation, 1998

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II. Drawings, 1922-1949, 1975-1998

Location
Architectural Archives flatfiles Architectural drawings, 1922, 1932, 1984-1998
View an index of the architectural drawings here.
Location Box
Archt. qAR 2 Dewitt C. Greer State Highway Building, 1932, 1949, 1975-1985

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