University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

Robert James Coote papers,

1950-2004



Collection Summary

Creator Coote, Robert James, 1931-
Title Robert James Coote papers,
Dates 1950-2004
Abstract James Coote is emeritus University of Texas professor of architecture and architectural history, author, artist, and a prominent architect and designer of residential homes in the Austin, Texas area in the late 20th century. The collection consists of papers, architectural drawings, paintings, photographs, 35 mm slides, and computer disks.
Identification Accession numbers: 2004020, 2006003, 2006019, 2007018
Quantity 5 linear feet of textual material, 10 original works of art, 488 photographic prints, 15 negatives, 45 color transparencies, 1,619 35 mm slides, 22 magnetic computer disks, 2 computer compact disks with 18 TIF images, and 737 sheets of architectural drawings.
Repository: Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Biographical Sketch of Robert James Coote, 1931-

Robert James Coote was born on November 26, 1931 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was raised in Boston, Massachusetts, 1931-1936, and in Maryland near Washington, D.C. He attended St. Albans High School in Washington, D.C.

In 1948-1953, Coote attended Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy. He became interested in architecture during his sophomore year. In the summers while attending college, he participated in the U.S. Navy’s Reserve Officer Candidate program, received his commission upon graduation and served on the 7th fleet staff as a communications officer from 1953-1955. His two year tour allowed him to study architecture and philosophy in Japan. It was during this period that he became fascinated with the grace and beauty of Japanese design, which greatly influenced his eclectic style and sense of color in later years. He completed his final four years of Naval Reserve commitment attached to units in Washington D.C.

From the Navy, Coote applied for architecture school at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was accepted and after four years attendance earned his Master of Architecture degree in 1960. During the spring of 1960, he served as Visiting Critic, Boston Architectural Center and applied for and was accepted for a Post Graduate Fulbright grant to study architecture in Italy. For the next year he studied architecture and design in Europe under Bruno Zevi.

In 1961 after his return to the U.S., Coote worked as a designer with Chloethiel Woodard Smith and Associates, Washington, D.C., (1961-1965). He became a Registered Architect in D.C. in 1963 and earned his National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Certification in 1965. In the same year, Coote moved to Austin, Texas where he accepted a position as a tenure-track professor at the University of Texas, obtained his credentials by reciprocity as a Registered Architect in Texas, and opened a sole proprietorship—James Coote, Architect.

Coote’s active teaching career spanned 35 years from 1965 to 2000. Beginning as an Assistant Professor, he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1970. He was promoted to full Professor and selected as a Cass Gilbert Teaching Fellow in 1981. He was appointed Professor Emeritus in 2000. In spring 1983, he served as a Visiting Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. He taught at all levels of architectural design studies and architectural history, providing lectures, surveys, and seminars, dealing mainly with buildings and interiors of the 20th century in America and abroad. Although his academic career included research, writing, and lectures, principally at the University of Texas at Austin, Coote traveled extensively in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Western Europe, England, Scotland, Japan, and Hong Kong gathering information for his teaching and professional activities. Coote leveraged his knowledge of Europe by participating in the University of Texas student Foreign Study Program assuming a leadership role in the aspects of the programs dealing with architecture and design, predominately in England, but also in Italy, and Western Europe in general.

James Coote’s extensive travels allowed him to build a collection of over 2,000 35 mm slides, which he used in teaching. The majority of these slides became part of the University of Texas, School of Architecture, Visual Resources Collection. His travels were predominately funded from his personal resources, although he also was successful in receiving some grant funding beginning with the Fulbright grant in 1960 and later by grants from University Research Institute for studies of English interiors, and from the Texas Society of Architects for studies on the Texas Eclectic Architecture project.

As an architect, he was influenced mainly by the work of Mies van der Rohe and the International Style and by the aesthetic principles of Japanese architecture and art. His approach was essentially classical and minimalist. He emphasized materials, methods of construction, and detailing; light and lighting; and color as means of making buildings of symbolic, emotional, and intellectual meaning. His professional activity was largely in and around Austin, Texas.

Professor Coote's architectural projects, drawings, and writings have been published in a number of books and professional periodicals. His major work on early 20th century Texas architect Atlee B. Ayres was published in 2001. In The Eclectic Odyssey of Atlee B. Ayres, Architect, Coote focuses on Ayres' San Antonio residential architecture and the varied sources from which he drew inspiration.

As part of his service to the community, Coote, has been a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Texas Society of Architects where he served as a contributing editor to Texas Architect. He also served on the Board of Trustees at Laguna Gloria Art Museum and Ballet Austin and as a volunteer docent at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center and the Blanton Museum of Art.


Scope and Content of the collection

James Coote is emeritus University of Texas professor of architecture and architectural history, author, artist, and a prominent architect and designer of residential homes in the Austin, Texas area in the late 20th century. Correspondence, original art works, sketches, photographic negatives, prints, slides, computer disks, and architectural drawings created and collected by Robert James Coote document his work as an architect, author, educator, and artist between 1960 and 2004. The collection is divided into six series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Atlee B. Ayres, Architect: An Eclectic Odyssey 1892-1938, Faculty Papers, Project Records, and Art & Artifacts.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Access is by appointment only to any serious scholar. Rolled materials must be flattened before viewing. A three-day advance notice is required to flatten rolled materials. Portions of this collection are not processed and may not be accessible.

Restrictions on Use

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Texas as the owner of the collection and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder which must be obtained by the researcher. Robert James Coote holds copyright on all his published work. For more information please see the Alexander Architectural Archive's Use Policy.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Texas Online Catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings
Creators (persons):
Coote, Robert James, 1931-
Subjects (persons):
Ayres, Atlee Bernard, 1873-1969
Subjects (organizations):
University of Texas at Austin. School of Architecture. Faculty.
Subjects:
Architecture, Domestic--Texas.
Eclectic odyssey of Atlee B. Ayres, architect.
Document types:
Architectural drawings.
Photographs.
Slides.
Paintings.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert James Coote papers, Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Processing Information

Paper processed by: Donald W. Drumtra, Sean A. Heyliger, Jenifer R. Hughes, Fall 2006; Donna Coates and Sarah Cleary, Summer 2008


References to works by or about Robert James Coote

-- compiled by Donald W. Drumtra, Sean A. Heyliger, Jennifer R. Hughes, Fall 2006

"At the End of Mainstreet," The Sunday Star and Daily News, Washington, D.C., March 11, 1973: C-2.

“James Coote, Austin, Texas: Careful Analysis of Program is Key to Economy. In. Designing Your Client's House, by Alderdo De Vido, 44-47. New York: Whitney Library of Design. 1983.

"Advanced design: Coote Studio.” In School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin: A Prospectus 44. Austin: University of Texas, 1985.

Coote, Robert James. "Eight for the Eighties." Texas Architect 30, no. 4. (July-August, 1980): 67-76.

Coote, Robert James. "House on Ocean Drive." Texas Architect 33, no. 3. (May-June 1983): 50-3.

Coote, Robert James. "Paneled Screen: A Designer’s Reflection on Japan," Texas Architect 32, no. 2. (March-April 1982): 74-9.

Coote, Robert James. "Traditional Japanese Houses," Texas Architect 33, no. 4. (July-August 1983): 74-5.

Coote, Robert James. “Adam's Bed: 16 Varieties of (Im)proprieties.” Center 9. (1995): 68-75.

Coote, Robert James. “At Home in the Sky.” Austin Home and Living 4, no. 1. (January-February 1997): 18-21.

Coote, Robert James. “At Home in the Sky.” San Antonio Home and Living 6, no. 6. (December-January 1996-1997): 14-7.

Coote, Robert James. “Design: Work of Art or Working Object?" Texas Architect 28, no. 1. (January-February 1978): 10-3.

Coote, Robert James. “Texas Housing: A Sampling of New Developments, an introduction." Texas Architect 32, no. 3, (July/August 1982): 41-3.

Coote, Robert James. ”John Staub in Context," Lecture presented to the Harris County Historical Society, Houston, March 1982

Coote, Robert James. Review of "California Counterpoint: New West Architecture," by Kenneth Frampton and Sylvia Klobolski. Texas Architect 33, no. 3. (May-June 1983): 80.

Coote, Robert James. The Eclectic Odyssey of Atlee B. Ayres, Architect. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M Press, 2001.

Evans, Derro. “Down Garden Paths.” Texas Homes 10, no. 3. (March 1986): 66-71.

“Fifty Outstanding American Architects." In "A Guide to Architect Designed Houses,” by Gerald Allen and Dale Furman. Town and Country 98, no. 4994. (October 1979): 95-6.

Germany, Lisa. "James Coote, Romantic Regionalist," Texas Homes 7, no. 7. (July 1983): 15-22.

Germany, Lisa. “Browder House Austin Texas: James Coote.” Center 3. (1987): 112-5.

Hoekema, James. “Drawing Toward Architectural Drawings.” Art Forum 10, no. 4. (1977): 44-49.

“House in Austin: Architect James Coote.” In The Architectural Review 164, no. 981. (November 1978): 298.

“James Coote, Professor, Cass Gilbert Teaching Fellow.” In School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin: A Prospectus 2, edited by Patricia Henderson and Michael Garrison, 44. Austin: University of Texas. 1989.

“James Coote.” In Architectural Drawing: The Art and the Process, by Gerald Allen and Richard Oliver, 52-9. New York: Whitney Library of Design, 1981.

“James Coote.” In Emerging Voices: A New Generation of Architects in America. New York: The Architectural League of New York, 1986:66-7, 117.

McCullar, Michael. "David-Peese House," Texas Architect 33, no. 3. (May/June 1983): 48-9.

“Parker House Austin, Texas - U.S.A.” Architecture Contemporaine = Contemporary Architecture 10. (1988-1989): 98-9.

“Portraying Character: James Coote.” In Architectural Sketching and Rendering: Techniques for Designers and Artists, by Stephen A. Klimet, 56-7. New York, Whitney Library of Design, 1984.

“Quiet Please.” Architectural Record 167, no. 3. (March 1979): 125-8.

Speck, Lawrence W. “A Future for Texas Architecture” Texas Architect 37, no. 1 (January-February 1987): 31-8.

“Untitled Pencil Drawing (Artist’s Residence) James Coote, Austin.” In "Art by Architects: A Portfolio.” Texas Architect 28, no. 1 (January-February 1978): 25.

“Walston House, 1970.” In Austin and Its Architecture, edited by Kirby Keathy and Alan McCree. Austin, Texas: Austin Chapter, American Institute of Architects: 53.

Woodham, Tom. “Native Variety Contrasts in an Austin Garden.” Veranda. Winter 1997:172-9.

Fifteen articles for the Austin American-Statesman, 1972-73, under grant for architectural journalism from the National Endowment for the Arts,


Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

 

Series A: Personal Papers, 1950, 1955-1960, 1975
(.08 linear feet of textual material, 60 drawings, 93 photographic prints)

Series Abstract
Records include papers documenting education, foreign study, and travel.
A1. Biographical Information
box folder
1 1 Correspondence, undated
2 Harvard commencement program, 1959
2 Hieratic, official publication of Scarab fraternity, 1950, Vol. XXVIII, No.1
box folder
16 3 The Harvard Crimson, June 11, 1959, Vol. CXXXVII, No. 91, Early Commencement Issue
box folder
1 3 Fulbright scholarship, Rome, 1960
box folder
12 2 Victorian Society Tour, England, 1975
A2: Student Work
box folder
16 1 Drawings, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 1955-1958
64 photostats, 1 drawing on trace
2 Portfolio binder, Harvard Graduate School of Design
26 photostats, 3 b/w photographs
box folder
r18, r21 House in Lincoln (HGSD2 student work), 1957
16 sheets
r18 Nursery School for Wellesley (HGSD2 student work), 1956
4 sheets
f05 One-point Perspective of House, Second Year Studio, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 1957
White, brown ink and pencil on tan board. 19 x27.5 in.
r20 Park Square Redevelopment Area. Boylston St. Apartments and Shops (Masters Year, Harvard), ca. 1959
10 sheets
r18 Restaurant (student wortk, Harvard)
2 sheets
r19 Solar Study (HGSD1 Design Fundamental, Harvard, Instructor: Zalewski-Szabo)
1 sheet
r19 Two-story row house, revised plan (HGSD1 Environmental Design, Harvard), 1956
4 sheets
r18 Walk up apartments (HGSD2), 1956
5 sheets
box folder
12 1 Drawings, Fulbright scholarship, Rome, 1960
20 sheets



 

Series B: Professional Papers
(.6 linear feet textual and graphic material, 139 photographic prints, 32 slides, and 6 audiocasettes)

Series Abstract
This series includes correspondence, notes, writings, publications, sketches, photographic material, and clippings documenting Coote's professional and scholarly work.
B1. Correspondence
box folder
1 4 Correspondence, 1977-1983
B2. Writings
box folder
1 5 "A Weed By Any Other Name..." [draft and notes]
6 "An Academical Village," ca. 1972 [text and 12 b/w photographs]
7 "Public Monuments" [draft, notes, and 1 b/w photograph]
8 "Reflections"
9 "Texas Eclecticism: Houston's Luxury Residential Architecture, 1900-1945" [draft, notes, and photocopies]
B3. Published Articles and Reviews
box folder
1 10 Newspaper articles, 1971-1974 [Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts]
11 "Design: Work of Art or Working Object?" Texas Architect, January/February 1978
12 "Eight for the Eighties: Houses for the Seventies Suggestive for the Eighties," Texas Architect, July/August 1980
13 "A Designer's Reflections on Japan," Texas Architect, March/April 1982
14 "House on Ocean Drive," Texas Architect, May/June 1983
15 "Adam's Bed: Varieties of (Im)propriety, Center: A Journal for Architecture in America, 1995 [correspondence, drafts, notes, 8 b/w photographs]
box folder
15 5 Slides (8 items)
box folder
1 16 "At Home in the Sky," San Antonio Home & Living, December/January 1996/1997 [drafts and correspondence]
box folder
15 5 Slides for published article (8 items)
box folder
1 17 Book reviews by Coote
18 Reviews of Coote's work
B4: Presentations and exhibitions
box folder
1 19 Presentations and symposia, 1978-1994
20 Exhibitions, 1977-2004
B5: Awards, Certificates, and Recognitions
box folder
1 21 Certificate of Appreciation from The Smithsonian Institution, undated
box folder
16 4 Harvard University, Master of Architecture, 1960
4 Architectural registration, District of Columbia, 1964
4 Service award presented on retirement from University of Texas, 1996-1997
B6: Reference Files
Includes correspondence, printed material, drafts, notes, sketches, photographic and audio materials related to Coote's scholarship on Osterly House (London), work of Houston architect John F. Staub, and other art and architectural subjects. The audio tapes are an interview with John Staub; files also include correspondence between Staub and Coote.
box folder
2 1 Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
2 Austin architecture
box folder
f01 Austin solar studies
4 sheets
box folder
2 3 Energy efficiency, recyled and sustainable materials
4 Osterly House, sketches and photocopies
5 Osterly House, notes
6 Osterly House, photographs (4 b/w prints, 1 b/w contact print, 35mm negatives)
7 Staub, John F. and Briscoe, Birdsall P.
8 Staub - Houston
9 Maps: Broadacres, River Oaks, Houston, Tex.
10 11 River Oaks, Houston, Tex.
11 Burrows House, 3352 Del Monte, Houston, Tex.
12 Garrison House, Houston, Tex.
13 Gilmer/Coffman House, 1318 North Blvd., Houston, Tex.
14 Glassman House, Houston, Tex.
15 Marcontell House, Houston, Tex.
16 Pincopfs/Wilson House, 1323 North Blvd., Houston, Tex.
17 Sewall House, 3452 Inwood, Houston, Tex. (includes 9 b/w prints)
18 Tennant House, 1505 North Blvd., Houston, Tex. (includes 1 b/w print)
19 William Ward Watkin, architect
20 Interviews with John F. Staub
6 audiocassettes
box folder
3 1 Staub and Briscoe photographs (1 of 3)
38 b/w prints, 1 color print
2 Staub and Briscoe photographs (2 of 3)
30 b/w prints
3 Staub and Briscoe photographs (3 of 3)
24 b/w prints
box folder
15 4 Staub and Briscoe slides (24 items)



 

Series C: Book, Atlee B. Ayres, Architect: An Eclectic Odyssey 1892-1938
(1.75 linear feet manuscript material, 21 architectural drawings, 121 photographic prints, 13 black and white negatives, 2 compact disks and 32 diskettes)

This series includes clippings, research notes, text drafts, drawings, and photographic materials collected by Coote in wrting his book Atlee B. Ayres, Architect: An Eclectic Odyssey 1892-1938, published in 2001 by Texas A&M Press. It also includes promotional material and reviews.
C1: Manuscript Materials
box folder
3 4 Book proposal and contract
5 Correspondence, drafts, and notes
6 Copyright and permissions
box folder
4 1 Introduction, draft
2 Chapter 1, drafts and notes
3 Chapter 2, drafts and notes
4 Chapter 5, drafts and notes
5 Chapter 8, drafts and notes
6 Chapter 9, drafts and notes
7 Chapter 13, draft
8 Bibliography, draft
9 Clean copy, March 31, 2000 (1 of 2)
10 Clean copy, March 31, 2000 (2 of 2)
11 Master copy, July 24, 2000 (1 of 2)
12 Master copy, July 24, 2000 (2 of 2)
box folder
5 1 Edited copy, September 21, 2000 (1 of 2)
2 Edited copy, September 21, 2000 (2 of 2)
3 Indexing and copy editing
4 Materials related to illustrations
5 Manuscript copy, March 2000
printed index, 23 diskettes
6 Manuscript copy, 1999-2000
9 diskettes
box folder
f02, f03 Plans of Ayres projects
21 drawings mounted on 13 boards
box folder
5 7 Manuscript reviews, 1999
8 Promotional materials
box folder
f02 Poster: Texas Book Festival, November 2002
box folder
5 9 Book reviews
C2: Research Files
Many of the files are Cootes' notes from his research at the Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries. Collection and file names are cited in the folder title.
box folder
6 1 Atkinson-McNay House, San Antonio, Tex.
2 Austin, Dallas, Houston (includes 1 b/w print)
3 Ayres's Library
4 Blackstock House, San Antonio, Tex.
5 Buttram House, San Antonio, Tex.
6 California trip, 1996
7 California trip, 1997
26 color prints
8 Clippings file [notes], Ayres and Ayres records, Alexander Architectural Archive
9 Drawings [notes, lists], Ayres and Ayres records, Alexander Architectural Archive
10 Early work on Ayres
11 Florida
12 Thomas E. Hogg House, San Antonio, Tex.
13 Houses, reference copies, notes (includes 1 b/w contact print)
14 Illustrations, Institute of Texan Cultures (includes 5 b/w prints)
15 Job files, Ayres and Ayres records, Alexander Archival Archive
16 List of houses by Ayres
17 Location map for houses by Ayres
box folder
7 1 Mediterranean precedents
2 Office correspondence files, Ayres and Ayres records, Alexander Architectural Archive
3 Reading notes (1 of 2)
4 Reading notes (2 of 2)
5 Ornament
6 Reference files "Ayres and Ayres," Alexander Architectural Archives
7 Sam Robertson House, San Antonio, Tex.
8 San Antonio home tours
9 San Antonio houses
C3: Photographic Materials
box folder
7 10 Photographs by W. Eugene George of San Antonio houses by Ayres
20 TIF files, 2 CDs
box folder
13 Photographs by W. Eugene George of San Antonio houses by Ayres
17 color prints
box folder
7 11 Copy prints for book illustrations
49 b/w prints
box folder
13 Drawings and plans for book illustrations
20 b/w prints
Representative Plans of Ayres Houses drawn by Coote
13 b/w negatives
Drawings by Ayres not represented in book
4 b/w prints
box folder
7 12 Copy prints from the Alexander Architectural Archive [not reproduced in book]
2 b/w prints



 

Series D: Faculty Papers, 1965-1998
(1.25 linear feet manuscript material, 15 photographic prints, 185 slides)

Series Abstract
Coote's Faculty Papers contain administrative information, course materials, and examples of students' work while he was teaching at the University of Texas at Austin and Travels Abroad Program. Also included are course evaluations, syllabi, handouts, and project assignments.
D1: Administrative
box folder
8 1 Resumes, 1978, 1982, 1986, 2000, 2002
2 Correspondence
3 Annual reports, 1967-1983
4 Academic promotion, 1980
5 Grant application, 1984
D2: Course Material
box folder
8 6 Reference, notes
7 Course materials, undated
8 Course materials, 1960s
9 Course materials, 1970s
10 Course materials, 1980s
11 Course materials, 1990s
12 Course materials, The Anglo American Connection, 1994
13 Course materials, Advanced Design, Interiors Section, 1996
14 Methods of Architectural History, 1996
box folder
15 5 Slides (3 items)
D3: Travels Abroad Program
This series includes notes, reading lists, programs, itineraries, maps, and student reviews of European study programs sponsored by University of Texas School of Architecture. Professor Coote was involved in many of these programs.
box folder
8 15 London/Lugano Program, Fall 1985
box folder
9 1 London/Lugano Program, Fall 1986
2 London/Basel Program, Fall 1987
3 London/Lugano program, Fall 1989
4 London/Lugano Program, Fall 1990
5 Lugano Program, Fall 1992
box folder
15 5 Slides (101 items)
D4: Students' Works
This series contains both written and design work of students at the School of Architecture, University of Texas. Instuctor's name, student's name, course numbers and dates are not always indicated.
box folder
9 6 Susman, James Charles. The Architecture of Birdsall Parmenas Briscoe,1979. [thesis]
7 Boykin, Sarah Jane, "Hal Thomson and the Evolution of an American Style in Texas Architecture," 1985
8 History of English houses and gardens
"The Common Man's Renaissance"
"Inigo Jones' Discovery of Classicism"
Mayfield, John, "Romanticism in Neo-classicism," 1989
Jekyll, Gertrude and Beatrix Farrand, " "Garden Design: A Quilt Woven Through Time, 1995
Petznick, J. Greydon, "Which Style," 1996
box folder
9 9 Bost, Kathleen, "The Space Behind the Decoration," 1989
10 Biediger, Darin M., "The Styles of the McNay," 1997
11 Eclecticism
Frost, Ethan, "The Decline or Dumbing of Eclecticism (An idealistic architecture student's lament)"
Otte, David, "Academia, Fantasy, and Function," 1998
Molinar, Jessica, "What is Good Eclecticism," 1998
box folder
9 12 Studio work
15 color prints, 6 color photocopies
box folder
15 5 Slides (26 items)



 

Series E: Project Records
(1.08 linear feet manuscript material, 66 photographic prints, 2 black and white negatives, 45 color transparencies, 1,402 slides, 677 drawings)

Series Abstract
Records relating to design and construction. Projects are arranged alpahebtically by client name. Files may include some drawings and sketches.
Project name: Browder residence.
Date on drawings: 1980-1982
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
"Other architectural firm: George Maxwell Engineers, Inc.
Client: Browder, William (Mr. and Mrs.)
Street address: 55 Far View Cove, Glenlake Estates
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
box folder
10 1-3 Files (includes specifications)
box folder
13 Photographs (4 b/w prints, 4 color prints, 1 b/w negative, 8 4x5 transparencies)
box folder
14 1, 2 Slides (211 items)
box folder
16 5 Drawings (12 sheets)
box folder
r02 Drawings (175 sheets)
Project name: Buckley residence and addition.
Date on drawings: ca. 1971
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Buckley, John (Dr. and Mrs.)
Street address: 1 Nob Hill Circle, Westlake Hills
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
box folder
10 4 Files
5 Photographs (2 b/w prints, 2 color prints)
box folder
16 5 Photographs (2 photostats)
box folder
14 2 Slides (32 items)
box folder
r06 Drawings (33 sheets)
Project name: Cardwell Ranch entertaining lodge (unbuilt).
Date on drawings: 1987
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Cardwell, Walter W. III
City: Lockhart
County: Caldwell
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
box folder
10 6 Files
box folder
14 2 Slides (14 items)
box folder
16 6 Drawings (8 sheets)
Project name: Clark residence. Deck.
Date on drawings: ca. 1982
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Clark, Steven (Dr. and Mrs.)
Street address: 3504 Bridle Path
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
box folder
r14 Drawings (2 sheets)
Project name: Coote residence.
Date on drawings: 1978
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Coote, James
Street address: 3508 Bridle Path, Tarrytown
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
box folder
10 7 Files
8 Photographs (1 b/w print, 1 color print, 2 b/w negatives)
box folder
14 5, 6 Slides (224 items)
box folder
15 1, 2 Slides (217 items)
box folder
r09 Drawings (82 sheets)
Project name: Coote residence. Addition.
Date on drawings: ca. 1981
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Coote, James
Street address: 3508 Bridle Path, Tarrytown
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
box folder
r10 Drawings (21 sheets)
Project name: Coote condominium, 11K and 14L.
Date on drawings: 1984-ca. 2001
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Coote, James
Street address: 1801 Lavaca, Cambridge Tower Condominiums
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
box folder
10 11 Files
12 Photographs (7 color prints, 7 color transparencies)
box folder
15 2, 3 Slides (228 items)
box folder
r15 Drawings (8 sheets)
Project name: Coote residence (unbuilt).
Date on drawings: 1995
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Coote, James
Street address: 3202 Lamantilla Cove, Westlake Highlands, Bull Mountain
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
box folder
10 9, 10 Files and sketches
box folder
r01 Drawings (54 sheets)
Project name: Coote residence.
Date on drawings: 1965
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Coote, Robert K. (Mr. and Mrs.).
City: Bethany Beach
County: Sussex
State/Province: Del.
Country: U.S.
box folder
11 1 Specifications
box folder
r03 Drawings (52 sheets)
box folder
14 5 Slides (8 items)
Project name: David/Peese residence.
Date on drawings: ca. 1979
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: David, James and Gary Peese
Street address: 8 Sugarcreek, Westlake Hills
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
box folder
11 2, 3 Files (includes specifications)
box folder
13 Photographs (6 b/w prints, 8 color prints, 5 b/w negatives, 1 color transparency)
box folder
14 2, 3 Slides (99 items)
box folder
16 8 Drawings (2 sheets)
box folder
r11 Drawings (54 sheets)
Project name: Goodman residence.
Date on drawings: ca. 1970
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Goodman, Edward (Mr. and Mrs.)
Street address: Golfcourse Rd.
City: Eden Isle
County: Cleburne
State/Province: Ark.
Country: U.S.
box folder
11 4 Photographs (4 b/w prints, 2 color prints)
box folder
16 10 Photographs (3 photostats)
box folder
14 3 Slides (122 items)
box folder
r07 Drawings (11 sheets)
Project name: Kidd residence.
Date on drawings: ca. 1972
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Other architectural firm: James DeGray David, Landscape Architect
Client: Kidd, Mack (Mr. and Mrs.)
Street address: 3102 Hillview Rd., Tarrytown
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
box folder
11 5, 6 Folders (includes specifications)
7 Photographs (4 b/w prints, 1 color print)
box folder
16 19 Photographs (1 photostat)
box folder
14 3 Slides (25 items)
box folder
r08 Drawings (13 sheets)
Project name: Kilgore residence.
Date on drawings: ca. 1981
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Kilgore, Dean (Mr. and Mrs.)
Street address: Laura Lane at Brett Cove, Rollingwood
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
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11 8 Specifications
9 Files and photographs (1 b/w print, 1 color transparency)
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14 4 Slides (11 items)
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r12 Drawings (26 sheets)
Project name: Otis residence.
Date on drawings: ca. 1968
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Otis, Jack (Dr. and Mrs.)
Street address: 3635 Westlake Drive, Westlake Highlands.
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
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11 10, 11 Files (including specifications)\
12 Photographs (3 b/w prints, 1 color print, 1 Polaroid print)
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16 5 Photographs (5 photostats)
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14 4 Slides (34 items)
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r04 Drawings (19 sheets)
Project name: Parker residence (unbuilt).
Date on drawings: 1987
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Parker, Thomas M.
Street address: Rocky Ridge Road, Lake Travis
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
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11 13 Files
14 Photographs (21 b/w prints, 1 b/w contact sheet, 3 color prints, 37 b/w negatives)
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14 4 Slides (35 slides)
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16 11 Drawings (18 sheets)
Project name: Spinks residence.
Date on drawings: ca. 1985
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Spinks, Horace (Mr. and Mrs.)
Street address: Las Brisas, Westlake Hills
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
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12 3, 4 Files (includes specifications)
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14 4, 5 Slides (76 items)
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12 5 Drawings (6 sheets)
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r13 Drawings (37 sheets)
Project name: Woodlwan condominiums (unbuilt).
Date on drawings: ca. 1985
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Spinks, Horace
Street address: Woodlawn Rd.
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
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12 9 Photographs (2 b/w prints)
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14 5 Slides (21 items)
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r16 Drawings (6 sheets)
Project name: Walston residence.
Date on drawings: ca. 1969
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Walston, Dale
Street address: Terrace Mountain Drive, Westlake Hills
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
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12 7 Files (includes specifications)
8 Photographs (6 b/w prints, 3 color prints)
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14 5 Slides (53 items)
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r05 Drawings (2 sheets)
Project name: Townhouses.
Date on drawings: ca. 1961-1965
Primary arch/firm: Chloethiel Woodard Smith
City: Reston
County: Arlington
State/Province: Va.
Country: U.S.
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r17 Drawings (5 sheets)
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15 4 Slides (6 items)
Project name: Solar studies.
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
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f01 Drawings (4 sheets)
Project name: Study for house based on Lacock Abbey, England.
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
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16 12 Drawings (2 sheets)
Project name: Study for house based on Hawksmoor Church, London.
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
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16 12 Drawings (3 sheets)
Project name: Study for (Coote) residence on Judges Hill, ca. 1990s.
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
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16 13 Drawings (9 sheets)
Project name: Study for "Japanese" house, ca. 1990s.
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
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16 14 Drawings (7 sheets)



 

Series F: Art and Artifacts
(65 sheets of original paintings and drawings)

Series Abstract
This series includes drawings and paintings reflecting Coote's interest in decorative arts and travel abroad.
"I have made drawings and paintings since I was 10 years old and in 1941 to the present 2007, some 66 years. Unlike those done in the course of my architectural practice from 1965 to 1985, these were not done professionally, but persistently over the years. They have been a way of seeing and expressing ideas and emotions. They have been inspired largely by my travels abroad: Japan in 1954 and again in 1978 which was the most important influence in shaping my own aesthetic, also Italy first as a student in 1961 and subsequently much of Western Europe, Turkey in 1962, Tunisia 1990, Morocco 1992, Egypt 2000, and England where where I lived part of each year from 1985 to 2001."
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12 10 Ashbee furniture, Victoria and Albert Museum
Drawings (7 sheets, 2 copies)
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16 15 Furniture designs "Ledoux" series, London, 1996.
Drawings (18 sheets)
16 Furniture and ornament studies, London
Drawings (28 sheets)
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12 11 "Ten Paintings and Drawings by Robert James Coote," June 2007
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f04 Facade: Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire [England], 1987
Prismacolor pencils. 14 x 17 in.
f04 Interior Saint Clement Danes [England], 1992
Ink, Ebony pencil, Prismacolor. 29 x 16 in.
f04 Shoji No. 10 [Japan]
Watercolor, brush and watercolor pencil. 11.25 x 16.5 in.
f04 Kom Ombo temple Luxor, Hypostyle Hall [Egypt], 2001
Ebony pencil. 17 x 20 in.
f04 Cairo Women Dancing [Egypt], 2002
Watercolor pencils. 10 x 13 in.
f04 The Nile River [Egypt], 2003
Watercolor. 8.5 x 12 in.
f04 Song of the Muezzin [Morocco], 1992
Watercolor and gold oil stick. 13.5 x 15.5 in.
f04 Draa River Valley [Morocco], 1993
Watercolor and bown ink pen. 9.25 x 15.5 in.
f04 Islamic Veil [Persia], 1989
Ink and watercolor pencil. 13.5 x 10.5 in.
f04 Delhi II [India], 1988
Watercolor. 13.5 x 11 in.