University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

Jessen and Jessen papers,

1938-1974



Collection Summary

Creator Jessen, Harold Everett "Bubi" (1908-1979) and Jessen, Wolf Ernst (1915-1977)
Title Jessen and Jessen papers,
Dates 1938-1974
Abstract Architectural records, photographs, and drawings include 1 student work and 32 architectural projects. The work of Jessen and Jessen encompasses educational, medical, public, and residential projects.
Identification JESS Accession number: 2008003
Quantity 511 sheets architectural drawings, 1 chalk drawing, 44 black and white photographs, and 2.9 linear feet textual material.
Repository: Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Biographical Sketch of Harold Everett “Bubi” Jessen (1908-1979)

Bubi Jessen was born and raised in Austin. Jessen attended University of Texas and graduated with a B.S. in Architecture in 1928. In the same year he was awarded the School Medal of the American Institute of Architects. The following year he served as an assistant in the University’s Architectural Department, leaving there to further his studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving a Master’s degree in architecture in 1931.

For the next five years Jessen worked as a draftsman for park restoration for the Works Progress Administration and draftsman-designer for C. H. Page. In 1936 he was awarded first prize in a statewide competition sponsored by Portland Cement Association for a concrete house to be built at the Texas Centennial Exposition in Dallas. Bubi Jessen was an original partner in the Austin architectural firm Jessen and Jessen when it was organized in 1938.

Jessen was a charter member of the Texas Society of Architects, affiliated with the American Institute of Architects, and president of the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners (1956). He was also an accomplished watercolorist, illustrator, and publisher. Jessen published his first book Humbert the Lion in 1959 and illustrated The Purple Tree, a group of poems, by Katharine Parr Hamilton, published in 1953.

He married Janet Arment in 1947 and had three children.


Biographical Sketch of Wolf Ernst Jessen (1915-1977)

Wolf Jessen graduated from University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 1936. He worked in the office of C. H. Page from 1933-1937 and became a partner with his brother Bubi in the Austin architectural firm Jessen and Jessen when it was organized in 1938. He began an ancillary career with the Austin Symphony Orchestra in 1938 as flutist.

He practiced primarily residential architecture until interrupted by military service during World War II. After the war, Jessen returned to Austin and resumed the practice of architecture with Bubi and became Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Texas in 1946. They formed a partnership with Charles Millhouse and Alton Greeven in 1946 and became Jessen Jessen Millhouse and Greeven. In 1969 the firm became Jessen Jessen Millhouse Greeven Crume Day and Newman, and Jessen, Inc. in 1971. Jessen retired in 1974 to devote more time to travel, but returned to assist with some projects.

In 1948 he married musician and dancer Janet Collett. Together they traveled the world extensively, every continent except Antarctica.


Scope and Content of the collection

Architectural records, photographs, and drawings include 1 student work and 32 architectural projects by Jessen and Jessen and associates.


 

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series: Student Work and Project Records.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Access is by appointment only to any serious scholar.

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. 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
Persons (Creators):
Jessen, Harold Everett, 1908-1979
Jessen, Wolf Ernst, 1915-1977
Millhouse, Charles A.
Greeven, Alton E.

Organizations (Creators):
Jessen and Jessen
Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse and Greeven
Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse and Crume
Jessen Associates
Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse, Greeven, Crume, Day and Newman
Subjects:
University of Texas -- Buildings
Buildings -- Texas
Document types:
Architectural drawings
Photographs
Specifications

Related Material

Austin History, Austin Public Library has other Jessen and Jessen materials for Austin and Travis County.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jessen and Jessen papers, Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Processing Information

Drawings processed by: Donna Coates, 2008

Paper processed by: Donna Coates, 2008


Detailed Description of the Collection

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

 

Series A: Student Work

Series Abstract
This series contains 1 chalk drawing signed "Jessen."
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f013 Chalk drawing of Greek relief sculpture



 

Series B: Project Records

Series Abstract
Records relating to design and construction. Projects are arranged alphabetically by client or project name.
Project number: 294
Project name: Aloe Elementary School. Proposed. Schematic plan.
Date on drawings: 1951
Primary archt/firm: Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse and Greeven.
Other arch/firm: Robert M. Stein, Associate Architect.
City: Victoria
County: Victoria
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
box folder
1 1-4 Files
Drawings
Project number: 250
Project name: Arney residence.
Date on drawings: 1948
Primary archt/firm: Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse and Greeven.
Client: Arney, Binford (Mr. and Mrs.)
City: Corpus Christi
County: Nueces
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Drawings
Project number: 149
Project name: Brownlee residence.
Date on drawings: 1940
Primary archt/firm: Bubi Jessen and Wolf Jessen.
Other arch/firm: C. A. Millhouse, Associate Architect.
Client: Brownlee, H. (Senator and Mrs.)
City: Burnet
County: Nueces
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Drawings
Project number: 233
Project name: Crowder residence.
Date on drawings: 1948
Primary archt/firm: Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse and Greeven.
Client: Crowder, H. V. (Mr. and Mrs.)
City: Houston
County: Harris
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Drawings
Project number: 279
Project name: DeTar Memorial Hospital. Addition.
Date on drawings: 1950
Primary archt/firm: Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse and Greeven.
Other arch/firm: Wilson and Cottingham, Consulting Engineers.
Other arch/firm: Darley and Moses, Consulting Engineers.
City: Victoria
County: Victoria
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
box folder
1 5 File
6 Photograph
Drawings
Project number: 134
Project name: Genecov residence. Dressing room.
Date on drawings: 1940
Primary archt/firm: Bubi Jessen and Wolf Jessen.
Other arch/firm: C. A. Millhouse, Associate Architect.
Client: Genecov, A. S. (Dr. and Mrs.)
City: Tyler
County: Smith
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Drawings
Project number: 402
Project name: Haywood Memorial Christian Camp.
Primary archt/firm: Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse and Greeven.
City: Lake Granite Shoals
County: Burnet
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Drawings
Project number: 146
Project name: Jessen residence.
Primary archt/firm: Wolf Jessen and Bubi Jessen.
Client: Jessen
City: Houston
County: Harris
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Drawings
Project number: 126
Project name: Johnson residence.
Date on drawings: 1939
Primary archt/firm: C. A. Millhouse.
Other arch/firm: Bubi Jessen and Wolf Jessen, Associate Architects.
Client: Johnson, J. B. (Capt. and Mrs.)
City: Blanco
County: Blanco
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Drawings
Project number: 268
Project name: Juan Linn School.
Date on drawings: 1950
Primary archt/firm: Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse and Greeven.
Other arch/firm: Frank T. Drought, Consulting Engineer.
Other arch/firm: Darley and Moses, Consulting Engineers.
City: Victoria
County: Victoria
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Drawings
Project number: 293
Project name: Juan Linn School. Addition.
Date on drawings: 1951
Primary archt/firm: Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse and Greeven.
Other arch/firm: Robert M. Stein, Associate Architect.
Other arch/firm: Wilson and Cottingham, Consulting Engineers.
City: Victoria
County: Victoria
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
box folder
1 7 File
Drawings
Project number: 432
Project name: Kleberg County Hospital. Addition and renovations.
Date on drawings: 1960-61
Primary archt/firm: Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse and Greeven.
City: Kingsville
County: Kleberg
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
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1 8-14 Files
box folder
2 1-12 Files
13 Photographs
Drawings
Project number: 159
Project name: Kleberg residence.
Date on drawings: 1941
Primary archt/firm: Bubi Jessen and Wolf Jessen.
Other arch/firm: C. A. Millhouse, Associate Architect.
Client: Kleberg, Richard, Jr. (Mr. and Mrs.)
City: Kingsville
County: Kleberg
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Drawings
Project number: 434
Project name: Kleberg residence.
Date on drawings: 1959-61
Primary archt/firm: Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse and Greeven.
Other arch/firm: Arthur Brothers, Inc.
Client: Kleberg, Richard, Jr. (Mr. and Mrs.)
City: Kingsville
County: Kleberg
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
box folder
3 1 File
Drawings
Project number: 110
Project name: Matthews residence.
Date on drawings: 1938
Primary archt/firm: C. A. Millhouse.
Other arch/firm: T. L. Durkee, Resistered Engineer.
Client: Matthews, Wright (Mr. and Mrs.)
Street address: Reba Court, River Oaks
City: Houston
County: Harris
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Drawings
Project number: 265
Project name: Rice Institute. Gymnasium.
Date on drawings: 1950
Primary archt/firm: Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse and Greeven.
Other arch/firm: Wilson and Cottingham, Consulting Engineers.
City: Houston
County: Harris
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
box folder
3 2 File
3 Photographs
Drawings
Project number: 269
Project name: Santa Rita Project.
Date on drawings: 1951
Primary archt/firm: Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse and Greeven.
Client: Austin, City of, Housing Authority
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Drawings
Project number: 284
Project name: Serafy laboratory building.
Date on drawings: 1950
Primary archt/firm: Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse and Greeven.
Client: Serafy, Nick T. (Dr.)
City: Brownsville
County: Cameron
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Drawings
Project number: 360
Project name: Shivers residence. Additions.
Date on drawings: 1971
Primary archt/firm: Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse, Greeven and Crume.
Client: Shivers, Alan
City: Woodville
County: Tyler
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Drawings
Project number: 577
Project name: Storm residence.
Date on drawings: 1968-69
Primary archt/firm: Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse, Greeven and Crume.
Client: Storm, Lynn (Mr. and Mrs.)
County: Hays
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Drawings
Project number: 1966-1
Project name: Sul Ross College. Student Dormitory.
Date on drawings: 1966
Primary archt/firm: Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse, Greeven and Crume.
City: Alpine
County: Brewster
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
box folder
3 6, 7 Files
Drawings
Project number: 425
Project name: University of Texas. Engineering building. Revisions.
Date on drawings: 1958-1959
Primary archt/firm: Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse, Greeven and Crume.
Client: University of Texas
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
box folder
3 4, 5 Files
Drawings
Project number: 221
Project name: University of Texas. Men's dormitory.
Date on drawings: 1947
Primary archt/firm: Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse and Greeven.
Other arch/firm: Robert Leon White, Supervising Architect.
Other arch/firm: Harbeson, Hough, Livingston and Larsen, Consulting Architects.
Other arch/firm: R. L. Rolfe, Structural Engineer.
Client: University of Texas
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Drawings
Project number: 105
Project name: University of Texas. Texas Student Publications, Inc. residence. Alterations and additions.
Date on drawings: 1938
Primary archt/firm: Bubi Jessen and Wolf Jessen.
Client: University of Texas
Street address: 2500 Whitis
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Drawings
Project number: 690
Project name: University of Texas. Texas Union East. Design.
Date on drawings: 1975
Primary archt/firm: Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse, Greeven, Crume, Day and Newman.
Client: University of Texas
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Drawings
Project number: 102-257
Project name: University of Texas. Texas Union. West Wing. Remodel.
Date on drawings: 1974
Primary archt/firm: Jessen Associates.
Other arch/firm: Greeven and Stoelje, Structural Engineers.
Other arch/firm: Zumwalt and Vinther, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers.
Other arch/firm: H. G. Rice and Co., Food Facilities Consultants.
Client: University of Texas
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Drawings
Project number: 689
Project name: University of Texas. Texas Union. West Wing. Remodel.
Date on drawings: 1974
Primary archt/firm: Jessen Associates.
Client: University of Texas
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
box folder
3 8, 9 Files
box folder
4 1-9 Files
box folder
5 1-5 Files
box folder
6 1-15 Files
box folder
7 1-13 Files
14 Photographs
Drawings
Project number: 1971-1
Project name: University of Texas. Texas Union. West Wing. Cactus Cafe. Remodel.
Date on drawings: 1974
Primary archt/firm: Jessen Associates.
Other arch/firm: Washington Wolks, San Antonio.
Client: University of Texas
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Drawings
Project number: 296
Project name: University of Texas. Women's Student Housing Units.
Date on drawings: 1951
Primary archt/firm: Mark Lemon.
Other arch/firm: Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse and Greeven.
Other arch/firm: A. T. Moses, Mechanical Engineer.
Client: University of Texas
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Drawings
Project number: 303
Project name: U.S. postal substation.
Date on drawings: 1952
Primary archt/firm: Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse and Greeven.
Other arch/firm: Frank T. Drought, Consulting Engineer.
Street address: Main Avenue
City: San Antonio
County: Bexar
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
box folder
7 15 Files
Drawings
Project number: 41905
Project name: U.S. post office.
Date on drawings: 1959
Primary archt/firm: Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse and Greeven.
City: San Marcos
County: Hays
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
box folder
7 16 Files
17 Photographs
Drawings