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Lam Building Company Architectural Blueprints Collection

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SCRC 158

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Collection Summary 
 
Title
Lam Building Company Architectural Blueprints Collection
 
Dates
1909-1930
 
Collection ID
SCRC 158
 
Creator
Lam Building Company
 
Quantity
0.83 linear feet (1 box + 21 map folders)
 
Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries
 
Language
Materials in English.
 
Detailed Collection Information 
 
Historical Note
The Lam Building Company was founded in 1876 by Dutch immigrant Charles M. Lam.  The firm is thought to be the first Jewish-owned construction company in Philadelphia.  After Lam’s death in 1922, the business was continued by his son, Alfred C. Lam, and later, his grandson, Charles M. Lam.  The firm constructed hundreds of buildings in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including synagogues, hospitals, charitable institutions, warehouses, stores, and private residences. The firm was also known as the Lam Building Corporation.
 
Description of Collection 
The Lam Building Company Architectural Blueprints Collection contains blueprints, drawings, and specifications related to the construction of Jewish establishments in the Philadelphia area.  This collection represents a small portion of the company’s work, and includes architectural blueprints for charitable organizations, synagogues, cemeteries, banks, and private residences.  
 
Organization and Arrangement 
 
The collection is arranged into 2 series as follows:
 
Series 1: Architectural blueprints, 1909-1929, undated
Series 2: Specifications, 1909-1930
 
Series 1: Architectural blueprints, 1909-1929, undated, contains construction drawings and blueprints for buildings that housed Jewish organizations, hospitals, and businesses.  This series includes blueprints of charitable institutions, such as the Hebrew Orphans Home, the Downtown Jewish Orphans Home, the Hebrew Sheltering Home and Day Nursery, and the Hebrew Sheltering Home for the Aged.  There are construction drawings for Jewish organizations, including the Young Women’s Union, Young Men’s Hebrew Association, the Philadelphia branch of the United Synagogues of America, and the United Hebrew Charities.  Synagogues represented in this collection include Keneseth Israel, Tifereth Israel, Beth El Synagogue, Beth El Emeth’s Mikveh Israel Cemetery, and Beth Kehillah in Atlantic City.  This collection also includes blueprints from the Jewish Hospital and the Jewish Maternity Hospital, as well as People’s Bank, Emanuel Asher and Son Funeral Home, and a private residence.  Blueprints for an unidentified medical office can be found at the end of the collection.  This series represents the work of architects such as Louis Levi, Frank E. Hahn, Max Haupt, Louis Magaziner, William Woodburn Potter, Stanley K. Neubauer, and David Supowitz, among others.  
 
Please note that some blueprint sets are incomplete and some do not represent as-built structures.  For more complete blueprints, please consult the microfilm copy of the collection.  This series is arranged alphabetically by building project title.     
 
Series 2: Specifications, 1909-1930, contains specifications associated with projects located in Series 1: Architectural blueprints.  Specifications for construction on Beth Kehillah Congregation synagogue, Hebrew Orphans Home, Hebrew Sheltering Home and Day Nursery, Jewish Sheltering Home [for the Aged], Keneseth Israel Synagogue, and the Philadelphia branch of the United Synagogue of America, are included here.  This series is arranged alphabetically by building project title.
 
Patron Information 
 
Alternate Form Available
Series 1: Architectural blueprints are available on microfilm.   
 
Catalog Record 
A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b5837716~S30
 
Research Access 
Collection is open for research.
 
Collections Stored Off-Site
This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research. 
 
Condition Note
Collection was treated for mold during processing and boxes have been marked; precautions will be offered at time of access.
 
Publication and Copyright Information
The Lam Building Company Architectural Blueprints Collection is the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.
 
Preferred Citation
[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Lam Building Company Architectural Blueprints Collection, SCRC 158, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
 
Location of Originals
The physical location of some blueprints is unknown.  Please consult the microfilm copy of the collection for the most complete drawing sets.
 
Related Material
Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project (PAB). http://www.philadelphiabuildings.org/pab/.
 
National American Jewish History Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
 
 
Administrative Information 
 
Acquisition Information
Donated by the National Museum of American Jewish History in September 1986
 
Collection previously administered by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, acquired by Temple in June 2009.
 
Processing Information 
Collection processed and finding aid prepared in June 2015 by Jenna Marrone, Project Archivist, Special Collections Research Center. 
 
 
Index Terms
 
The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:
 
Personal/Family Names:
Hahn, Frank E.
Haupt, Max, 1890-1933
Levi, Louis
Stout, Howard A.
 
Corporate Names: 
Beth El Synagogue (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Beth Kehillah Congregation (Atlantic City, N.J.)
Congregation Beth El Emeth(Philadelphia, Pa.) Mikveh Israel Cemetery 
Downtown Jewish Orphan’s Home (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Emanuel Asher and Son Funeral Home (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Fieldstein & Bieber
Hahn & Baylinson
Haupt & Franklin
Hebrew Orphans Home (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Hebrew Sheltering Home (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Jewish Hospital (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Jewish Maternity Hospital (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Jewish Sheltering Home for the Aged (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Lam Building Company (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Lam Building Corporation (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Magaziner & Potter
Neubauer & Supowitz
People’s Bank (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Sauer & Hahn
Silverman & Levy
Simon & Bassett
United Hebrew Charities (Philadelphia, Pa.)
United Synagogue of America. Philadelphia Branch
William H. Hoffman & Co.
Young Men’s Hebrew Association (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Young Women's Union (Philadelphia, Pa.)
 
Subjects: 
Architects and builders
Buildings – Specifications
Commercial buildings – Design and construction
Hospital buildings  – Design and construction
Jewish architecture – Pennsylvania – Philadelphia Region
Jewish architects 
Synagogues – Design and construction
 
Places: 
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Atlantic City (N.J.)
 
Material Types: 
Architectural drawings
Manuscripts
Microfilms
 
Inventory
 
Series 1: Architectural Blueprints, 1909-1929, undated
Series 1: Architectural blueprints, 1909-1929, undated, contains construction drawings and blueprints for buildings that housed Jewish organizations, hospitals, and businesses.  This series includes blueprints of charitable institutions, such as the Hebrew Orphans Home, the Downtown Jewish Orphans Home, the Hebrew Sheltering Home and Day Nursery, and the Hebrew Sheltering Home for the Aged.  There are construction drawings for Jewish organizations, including the Young Women’s Union, Young Men’s Hebrew Association, the Philadelphia branch of the United Synagogues of America, and the United Hebrew Charities.  Synagogues represented in this collection include Keneseth Israel, Tifereth Israel, Beth El Synagogue, Beth El Emeth’s Mikveh Israel Cemetery, and Beth Kehillah in Atlantic City.  This collection also includes blueprints from the Jewish Hospital and the Jewish Maternity Hospital, as well as People’s Bank, Emanuel Asher and Son Funeral Home, and a private residence.  Blueprints for an unidentified medical office can be found at the end of the collection.  This series represents the work of architects such as Louis Levi, Frank E. Hahn, Max Haupt, Louis Magaziner, William Woodburn Potter, Stanley K. Neubauer, and David Supowitz, among others.  
 
Please note that some blueprint sets are incomplete and do not represent as-built structures.  For more complete blueprints, please consult the microfilm copy of the collection.  This series is arranged alphabetically by building project title.     
 
Box    Folder      Description
M1          A          Beth El Emeth, Mikveh Israel Cemetery: alterations and additions to the Chapel and Dwelling, 55th and Market Streets, Lam Building Company          March 1913
M1          A          Beth El Emeth, Mikveh Israel Cemetery: 1896 survey map (copy), Haupt & Franklin          undated
M1          A          Beth El Emeth, Mikveh Israel Cemetery: survey drawing, Lam Building Company          undated
M1          B          Beth El Synagogue: Rothschild Memorial Chapel, 58th and Walnut Streets, Louis Levi          November 1914-May 1915 (1 of 2)
M1          A          Beth El Synagogue: Rothschild Memorial Chapel, 58th and Walnut Streets, Louis Levi          November 1914-May 1915 (2 of 2)
M1          B          Beth Kehillah Congregation: Community Synagogue, Maryland and Pacific Aves., Atlantic City, NJ, Howard A. Stout          May 1921
M1          B          Downtown Jewish Orphan’s Home: 9th and Shunk Streets, J. E. Fieldstein and A.C. Bieber          March-December 1924
M1          B          Emanuel Asher and Son Funeral Home: alterations and additions, 1309 North Broad Street, Frank E. Hahn          April 1920
M1          B          Hebrew Orphans Home: alterations to the Main Building, [12th and Green Lane], Magaziner and Potter          June 1913
M1          B          Hebrew Sheltering Home and Day Nursery: alterations and additions, 510-512 N. 4th Street, Magaziner and Potter          1909, 1915
M1          B          Jewish Hospital: Laboratory, York and Tabor Roads, Magaziner & Potter          February-June 1916
M1          A          Jewish Hospital: Surgical Building, York and Tabor Roads, Children’s Ward and Toilet Room, Magaziner and Potter          May 1916
M1          A          Jewish Maternity Hospital: proposed alterations, 532-534 Spruce Street, Sauer and Hahn          May 1909
M1          B          Jewish Sheltering Home: additions, 315-317 South 3rd Street, M. Haupt          August 1915
M1          B          Keneseth Israel Synagogue: alterations to basement room of Alumni Building, 1717 North Broad Street, Silverman & Levi          July-August 1929
M1          A          People’s Bank: alterations, Southeast Corner of 5th and Bainbridge Streets, Frank E. Hahn and S. Brian Baylinson          July 1925
M1          A          Private residence and doctor’s office: alterations and additions, 2829 Girard Avenue, Neubauer and Supowitz          June-July 1925
M1          A          [Tifereth Israel Congregation]: proposed synagogue, [40th and Westminster Avenues], Magaziner and Potter.          April 1913
M1          A          United Hebrew Charities [Federation of Jewish Charities]: alterations and additions, 516 North 4th Street, Simon & Bassett.          July 1917
M1          B          United Synagogue of America, Philadelphia Branch: alterations and additions, 3425-3427 Walnut Street, Neubauer and Supowitz          circa 1925
M1          B          Young Men’s Hebrew Association: alterations, 1616 Master Street, Sauer and Hahn          August-October 1915
M1          A          Young Women’s Union: alterations, 428 Bainbridge Street, Magaziner and Potter          June 1916
M1          A          Unidentified medical office: address unknown, William H. Hoffman & Co.          undated
 
 
Series 2: Specifications, 1909-1930
Series 2: Specifications, 1909-1930, contains specifications associated with projects located in Series 1: Architectural blueprints.  Specifications for construction on Beth Kehillah Congregation synagogue, Hebrew Orphans Home, Hebrew Sheltering Home and Day Nursery, Jewish Sheltering Home [for the Aged], Keneseth Israel Synagogue, and the Philadelphia branch of the United Synagogue of America, are included here.  This series is arranged alphabetically by building project title.
 
Box  Folder     Description
1          1          Beth Kehillah Congregation community synagogue          May 1921
1          2          Hebrew Orphans Home: alterations and additions          June 1913
1          3          Hebrew Sheltering Home and Day Nursery          1909
1          4          Jewish Sheltering Home [for the Aged]           circa 1915
1          5          Keneseth Israel Synagogue: alterations and repair work to Alumni Building          July 1930
1          6          United Synagogue of America, Philadelphia Branch: alterations and additions          circa 1925