A Guide to the Melita Rodeck Architectural Collection, 1931-2003 (bulk 1960-1990) Rodeck, Melita, Architectural Collection Ms1992-028

A Guide to the Melita Rodeck Architectural Collection, 1931-2003 (bulk 1960-1990)

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Collection Number Ms1992-028


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1992-028
Title
Melita Rodeck Architectural Collection, 1931-2003 (bulk, 1960-1990)
Physical Characteristics
10.7 Cubic Feet 2 boxes; 30 oversize folders
Creator
Rodeck, Melita, b.1914
Language
English
Abstract
The Melita Rodeck papers consist of architectural drawings designed by her while in private practice and as an employee of the U.S. federal government.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Melita Rodeck Architecture Collection, Ms1992-028 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Melita Rodeck Architectural Collection was donated to Special Collections in 1992, 1993, 1997, and 2003.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Melita Rodeck Architectural Collection commenced and was completed in January 1998. The 2003 addition was processed in 2012.

Biographical Information

Melita Rodeck was born on April 12, 1914, in Milan, Italy, to Austrian parents. After the outbreak of World War I her family returned to Vienna where she was educated. She enrolled at the Vienna Polytechnic in 1932 to study architecture, and immigrated to the United States in 1939. Upon arriving in the United States she spent four years volunteering in the Harlem slums. In 1950 she moved to Washington, D.C., and worked for the General Services Administration of the U.S. federal government. She became a registered architect of the District of Columbia in 1952 and established her own office in 1958, where she designed residences in Maryland and Virginia and restored townhouses in Washington, D.C.

From 1968 to 1973 Rodeck worked as an architect for special research projects at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, then from 1973 to 1980 as a coordinator for architectural research for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She was a program manager of Radiological Emergency Preparedness Programs for the Federal Emergency Management Agency from 1980 to 1985 and designed guidelines to minimize or eliminate flood damage to buildings. She retired from federal government work in 1985.

Rodeck was a devout Catholic and in the 1960s established the Regina Institute of Sacred Art, an organization dedicated to aiding Catholic parishes in their design and decoration efforts. The institute aimed to educate parishioners about the emotional impact of and psychological need for good design.

Scope and Content

The Melita Rodeck collection consists of architectural drawings designed by her while in private practice and as an employee of the U.S. federal government. The collection also includes various pieces of literature she wrote for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Arrangement

The collection has been divided into four series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Project Records, and Artwork.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Architectural drawing -- 20th century
  • International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA)
  • Women -- History
  • Women-owned architectural firms
  • Occupations:

  • Architects
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Architectural drawings

Contents List

Personal Papers, 1960-2003
  • Clippings, 1960-2003
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 1
      Rodeck, 1964, 1984, 1987, 2003
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 2
      Rodeck's Foggy Bottom residence, 1960-1961, 1981,1991-1992, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 3
    Correspondence, 1992, 1997, 2001, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 4
    Linoleum/woodcut prints by Rodeck
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 5
    Photographs of Rodeck
  • School Work, 1933, 1971-1972
    • oversize: 1 roll
      Drawing, Entwurf fur ein kinder walderholungsheim [possibly schoolwork due to the language]
    • Folder oversize: 19
      Presentation drawing, classical building, 1933
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 6
      Neighborhood Commons Open Space [for Masters degree in City and Regional Planning], 1971
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 7
      Thesis: Flood Plain Management - A Search for a Unified Policy [for Masters degree in City and Regional Planning], December 1972
Professional Papers, 1961-1984
  • Clippings, 1961-1968
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 8
      American Assocation of University Women (AAUW), 1967-1968
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 9
      Melita Rodeck and Associates Architects and Engineers, 1961, n.d.
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 10
      Neighborhood Commons, 1963
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 11
    Curriculum Vitae, 1968, 1982, n.d.
  • Publications, 1968-1984
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 12
      Space and Utilization Plans and Design Criteria for Army Guest House, Department of the Army, Office of the Chief of Engineers, 1968
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 13
      Construction--Space and Planning Criteria for U.S. Army Service Schools, Technical Manual, 5-843-1, for Department of the Army, 1970
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 14
      Interim Guidance for Two-Step Construction Contracting, Contracting Department, for the U.S. Army, 1971
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 15
      Historic Preservation--Booklet from the Office of the Chief of Engineers, 1972
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 16
      Elevated Residential Structures, FEMA publication, 1976, 1984
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 17
      Manual for the Construction of Residential Basements in Non-Coastal Flood Environs, HUD, Federal Insurance Administration publication, 1978
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 18
      Flood Emergency and Residential Repair Handbook, FEMA, 1979
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 19
      Flood Plan Management Tools for Alluvial Fans, Study Plan, prepared for FEMA, 1980
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 20
      Design Guidelines for Flood Damage Reduction, FEMA publication, 1981
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 21
      Flood Plan Management Tools for Alluvial Fans, Master Plan, prepared for FEMA, 1981
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 22
    Regina Institute
  • Writings, 1963-1969
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 23
      Design and the Church, various articles, 1963-1965
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 24
      People's Space, American Association of University Women, 1969
Project Records, 1949-1975
Arrangement

The following is a list of Rodeck's projects from 1949-1975. It has been divided into five subseries: Church/Community Projects; Commercial/Residential Projects; Furniture/Miscellaneous; Government; and Urban Planning.

Project/Client Name (location, date) [Format - Dr=Drawings, Ph=Photographs, Sp=Specifications, PB=Presentation Boards]

  • Church/Community Projects, 1951-1968
    • Box-Folder 2 folder: 2
      Alter [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2 folder: 2
      Alter - walnut, [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 2Folder oversize: 24
      Archbishop's private chapel, [Dr, PB]
    • Folder oversize: 2
      Aylesford Chapel, The National Scapular Center (Downers Grove, IL, 1959) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2 folder: 2
      Banner of Resurrection, drawing [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 3
      Blessed Martin Hospice Settlement House, conversion, 138 12th Street N.E. (1961) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2 folder: 1
      Campus Chapel, University of Maryland, platform and altar (College Park, MD) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 3
      Chapel of the White Fathers, renovation (Washington, D.C., 1967) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 4
      Church interior [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 4
      Church interior - JHS [Dr ]
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 25Folder oversize: 4
      Claretian Chapel, proposed modernization of chapel (1967-1968) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2 folder: 5
      Classroom module [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 3
      Community Coffee House, St. Mary's Church, 730 23rd Street N.W. [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 3
      The Consolata Fathers, Missions Seminary, (Buffalo, NY, 1958) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2 folder: 1Box-Folder 2 folder: 3
      Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross, proposed dormitory building (Washington, D.C.) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2 folder: 3
      General Education Center [Dr ]
    • Folder oversize: 13
      Gethsemani Infirmary (1952) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 2
      Holy Comforter Church, proposed sanctuary remodeling (Charlottesville, VA, 1966) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 2
      Holy Rosary Church, alterations to meeting room, confessional (Washington, D.C., 1963) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 4
      Hospital chapel for 106 [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2 folder: 1Box-Folder 2 folder: 3
      Immaculate Conception Chapel (Washington, D.C.) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2 folder: 3
      Medical building, colored pencil exterior rendering [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 1Folder oversize: 25
      Neighborhood Commons (1964) [Dr, PB]
    • Folder oversize: 3
      Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, preliminary sketches for the shrine (Hamilton, MA, 1951) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 3
      Our Lady Star of the Sea, alterations (Indian Head, MD, 1960) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 4
      Parish Hall [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 1
      SS Paul and Augustine Commons (Washington, D.C., 1964) [Dr ]
    • Folder oversize: 4
      St. Catherine's Church, landscaping (McConchie, MD, 1959) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 4
      St. Ignatius' Church, landscaping (Hilltop, MD, 1959) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 27Box-Folder 2 folder: 4Folder oversize: 5
      St. Stephens Church/Parish Center, alterations (Washington, D.C., 1964-1966) [Dr, Sp]
    • Folder oversize: 25
      St. Thomas Parish, listed as Regina Institute (Seattle, WA) [PB]
    • Folder oversize: 1
      Youth Center, concept studies (1967) [Dr]
  • Commercial/Residential Projects, 1949-1975
    • Box-Folder 2 folder: 4
      Abbot, Bernice, writing desk [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 14
      Adler, John J., alterations to residence (Watertown, NY, 1949) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 6
      Apartment house, proposed alterations, 2110-19th Street N.W. (Washington, D.C., 1960) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 9
      Argus Builders, 9 unit apartment building, Atlantic Street, S.E. (Washington, D.C., 1966) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 12Folder oversize: 17
      Calcara, Frank, store and apartment building (1967) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 26Folder oversize: 15
      Capitol Mansions, Inc., restoration of residence (Washington, D.C., 1965) [Dr, Ph]
    • Folder oversize: 12
      Carbone, Donald, cottage, Chesapeake Ranch Club (1965) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 15
      Chilton Washington Corp., restoration of residence (Washington, D.C., 1965) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 11
      Clements, Everett, townhouses, Hughes Mews N.W. (Washington, D.C., 1963) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 11
      Clements, Everett, townhouses, 2513 Eye Street N.W. (Washington, D.C., 1963) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 16
      Coller, Harry, proposed store remodeling (Washington, D.C., 1966) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 11
      Co-Op apartments, proposed alterations to lodging house (Washington, D.C., 1961) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 12
      Crocker, John S., alteration and addition (Washington, D.C., 1965) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 6
      Efficiency units, 15 units, typical floor plan [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 8
      Engle, Morris, Harrigan's, proposed restaurant (1959) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 16
      Furth, Hans, alterations and additions (Washington, D.C., 1964) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 14
      Garner, Julian H., residence (Washington, D.C., 1959) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2 folder: 4
      Gross, William, living room [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 26
      Gunston Library [PB]
    • Folder oversize: 15
      Harris, Forest K., flat conversion (Washington, D.C., 1963) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 17
      Heyn, Paul C., woodwork for living room (Hyattsville, MD, 1969) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 13
      Hotel Prince Frederick, (Prince Frederick, MD) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 9
      Jehle, Philip F., addition to residence (Parkwood, Mont. Co., MD, 1962) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 9Folder oversize: 17
      Jett, Page C., addition to residence (Prince Frederick, MD, 1965) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 9
      Kaufman, Arthur, residence remodel (Washington, D.C., 1966) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 26Folder oversize: 12
      Kirkwood Builders, apartment renovation (1965) [Dr, Ph]
    • Folder oversize: 15
      Kraemer, Frank W., restoration and flat conversion (Washington, D.C., 1965) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 9
      Lee, M.B., reinforced concrete retaining wall (Washington, D.C., 1967) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 15
      Macgregor, Bruce, flat conversion (Washington, D.C., 1965) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 11
      May residence, proposed patio (Alexandria, VA, 1962) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 14Folder oversize: 17
      McBride, Robert J., apartment house conversion (Washington, D.C., 1960) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 14
      McBride, Robert J., alterations to residence (Washington, D.C., 1960) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2 folder: 6
      Miscellaneous interior/exterior renderings (11) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 6
      Miscellaneous residential renderings (2) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 14
      Mondlock, Marguerite, residence (Port Republic, MD, 1964) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 12
      Morris, Albert V., alterations to residence (1961) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 11
      Odarenko, T.M., alterations to residence (Washington, D.C., 1960) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 10
      Peon, N. Camara, residence (1960) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 3
      Professional Office Building, ( 1960) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 9
      Protos, Stephen D., reinforced concrete retaining wall (Silver Spring, MD, 1967) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 17Folder oversize: 30
      Queen Anne's Lane Project, (Washington, D.C., 1960) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 18
      Reed, Sidney, residence [PB]
    • Folder oversize: 11
      Rice, Josephine T., addition and remodeling (Washington, D.C., 1962) [Dr ]
    • Folder oversize: 7
      Rodeck, Melita, residence, 801-25th Street N.W. (Washington, D.C., 1960) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 7
      Rodeck, Melita, flat conversion and addition, 2512 Eye Street N.W. (Washington, D.C., 1965, 1971) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 7
      Rodeck, Melita, proposed flat conversion, 2511 Eye St. N.W. (Washington, D.C., 1963) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 7
      Rodeck, Melita, alterations to flat, 213 10th Street S.E. (Washington, D.C., 1967) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 7
      Rodeck, Melita, Saltbox 3228, Monterey Place, lot 4 (1975) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 11
      Roumel, Aristotle and Theodore, residence (Washington, D.C., 1963) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 12
      Russin, Jonathan, restoration of residence (1966) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 8
      Seigel, Leonard M., proposed office building (Washington, D.C., 1965) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 16
      Singer, Louis, addition to residence (Washington, D.C., 1965) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 11
      Smith, William J., residence remodel (1962) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 10
      Thorman, Burton, addition to residence (Arlington, VA, 1961) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 10
      Thornton, Ruth E., restoration of residence (Washington, D.C., 1964) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 10
      Van der Reyden, apartment (Washington, D.C., 1958-1959) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 12
      Van Mater, B., addition to residence (1961) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 26
      VIP Lounge, [PB]
    • Folder oversize: 11
      Wallace, Mary, residence (Dare's Beach, MD, 1958) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 8
      Wallins, Sam, proposed auto repair shop (Watertown, NY, 1966) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 10
      Watters, James , remodeling of residence (1961) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 16Folder oversize: 17
      Weinberg, Milton, 6 unit apartment building, 2913 30th Street SE (Washington, D.C. 1966) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 1 folder: 25Folder oversize: 16Folder oversize: 18
      Weinberg, Milton, 6 unit apartment building, 4016 Livingston Road, S.E. (Washington, D.C., 1966) [Dr, PB]
    • Folder oversize: 16Folder oversize: 17
      Weinberg, Milton, 12 unit apartment building, 117 Atlantic Street SE (Washington, D.C., 1966) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 11
      Yahraes, Marjorie, addition to residence (Washington, D.C., 1962) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 10
      Yeager, Inez, residence (Accokeek, MD, 1959 ) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 12
      Zeiger, Leon, draughter's bedroom (1967) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 10
      Ziglar, Robert, addition to residence (1968) [Dr]
  • Furniture/Miscellaneous, 1966, n.d.
    • Box-Folder 2 folder: 6
      Duckboard, 6'x10' (1966) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2 folder: 6
      Sofa, walnut or teak [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2 folder: 6
      Tea cart, walnut [Dr]
  • Government, 1953-1966
    • Folder oversize: 27
      Andrews Air Force Base, traffic check house (Washington, D.C., 1959) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 27
      Andrews Air Force Base, alterations to Air Com facility, building 1558 (Washington, D.C., 1962) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 27
      Andrews Air Force Base, Hanger and Shops, Boiler House (MD, 1955) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 27
      Andrews Air Force Base, modification of Hanger, building 1-180 (Washington, D.C., 1959) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2 folder: 5
      Barracks [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 29
      District Training School. Department of Welfare, Holly Cottage, Dogwood Cottage (mechanical and electrical drawings) (Laurel, MD) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 29
      District Training School. Department of Welfare, renovation of basements om Pine, Oak, and Maple Cottages (Laurel, MD, 1966) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 28
      Federal Records Center, replace roof (Alexandria, VA, 1953) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 17
      Guest house concept study [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 18Folder oversize: 28
      Health, Education and Welfare, South Building, dental clinic renovation (Washington, D.C., 1953) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 28
      Office of the Post Engineer, rehabilitation of Mess Hall, building 18 (Fort Belvoir, VA, 1957) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 28
      U.S. Naval Radio Research Station, annex building for 60 foot antenna (Sugar Grove, WV, 1961) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 28
      U.S. Naval Research Laboratory--Stairway and Hallway Fire Protection, various buildings. plans for buildings 1, 12, 13, 30 (1959) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2 folder: 5
      Unit Entertainment Center [Dr]
  • Urban Planning, 1960, 1975, n.d.
    • Box-Folder 2 folder: 4
      Air rights development in Foggy Bottom, architectural drawing (Washington, D.C., 1975) [Dr]
    • Box-Folder 2 folder: 3-4Folder oversize: 27
      Foggy Bottom Park [Dr, PB]
    • Folder oversize: 13
      Elevated In-Town Heliport (1960) [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 13
      High rise city for two hundred thousand, design concept [Dr]
    • Folder oversize: 27
      Ideal Neighborhood [PB]
    • Folder oversize: 1
      Potomac Plaza, proposed [Dr]
Artwork, 1931, n.d.
  • Folder oversize: 30
    Abstract prints, metallic (3)
  • Folder oversize: 28
    Charcoal, portraits (2)
  • Folder oversize: 20
    Pencil, Vienna
    1931
  • Folder oversize: 20
    Sketchbooks (2)
  • Folder oversize: 23
    Various mediums (4)