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Louis Justement papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS2045

Collection Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence, newspaper and periodical articles, patents, meeting minutes, reports, programs, and press releases. The material dates from 1946-68. The correspondence comes from the Committee on Urban Planning of the American Institute of Architects and the Interprofessional Urban Planning Committee, which Justement chaired from 1946-49. The correspondence of both committees deals with the postwar housing situation, proposals for legislation, programs for urban redevelopment, and meeting minutes. The collection also includes correspondence relating to the Urban Renewal Council of Washington D.C. The Council was a group of citizens appointed to advise and assist the Commissioners of the District of Columbia. Justement was appointed in 1959 for a two-year term. The material for the Committee on Urban Planning has statements from Justement and other people about various topics such as housing issues, zoning, and building codes. These statements were presented to Congressional committees and professional architecture organizations.

Dates

  • 1946-1968

Creator

Restrictions on Access

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Restrictions on Use

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Biographical Note

Louis Justement (1891-1968) practiced architecture in Washington D.C. from 1919 through 1968. He received his bachelor's degree in architecture from George Washington University in 1911 and opened his own architecture firm in 1924.

He served three terms as president of the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Middle Atlantic District. He served as chairman of the A.I.A. Committee on Urban Planning from 1946 though 1949. He was considered an authority on private and public large-scale housing projects and some of his well-known projects located in Washington include Sibley Memorial Hospital, U.S. Courthouse, Howard University Medical School, and the Meridian Hill Hotel. He supported the development of rapid transit for the metropolitan area and worked on the drafting of the original plans for the redevelopment of Southwest Washington.

He was born in New York City and died at Sibley Memorial Hospital in 1968.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet

Language

English

Abstract

Collection consists of correspondence, newspaper and periodical articles, patents, meeting minutes, reports, programs, and press releases. The material dates from 1946-68. The correspondence comes from the Committee on Urban Planning of the American Institute of Architects and the Interprofessional Urban Planning Committee, which Justement chaired from 1946-49.

Collection Organization

Organized into seven series: Biographical information, American Institute of Architects Committee on Urban Planning, Interprofessional Urban Planning Committee, Manuscript, Patents, Periodicals and newspaper articles, and Urban Renewal Council.
Title
Guide to the Louis Justement papers, 1946-1968
Status
Completed
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2006
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
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Washington 20052 United States of America