A. William Hajjar architectural drawings, 1939-1979

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Collection Overview

Title:
A. William Hajjar architectural drawings
Dates (Inclusive):
1939-1979
Creator:
Hajjar, A. William (Abraham William)
Creator:
Hajjar, Mark
Abstract:
Architectural drawings by A. William Hajjar, Professor of Architecture at the The Pennsylvania University in the 1950s and 1960s. Contains approximately 800 architectural drawings and plans representing over 50 residential and commercial projects primarily in the State College, Pa., region. Drawings and details pertaining to the construction of Air Walls in buildings is also included in the collection.
Collection Number:
9399
Size:
5 Linear Feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical Note

Abraham William Hajjar was the youngest of a large immigrant Lebanese family and earned his bachelor's degree in architecture from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University). From Pittsburgh he went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned his masters in 1942. After serving as a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II, he joined the faculty at The Pennsylvania State University. At Penn State he became Professor of Architecture and senior design critic. He instituted a program whereby all students in architecture spent the summer of their fourth year studying in Rome. He was also an early proponent of a pedestrian mall for the 100 block of Allen Street in State College, for which he and his students designed a model. In the 1950s and 1960s Hajjar challenged the conservative look of the State College community and designed over 30 contemporary-style homes and buildings. Hajjar left Penn State in the early 1960s and moved to California where he designed primarily commercial spaces. He returned to Pennsylvania in 2000 and died December 23, 2000.

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Collection Overview

This collection consists of approximately 800 architectural drawings and plans representing over 50 residential and commercial projects primarily in the State College, Pa., region. Color renderings are present for roughly 43 projects with detailed plans available for most of the projects. The collection includes photographs, correspondence and drawings pertaining to the AirWall Core House. There are details about the concept and construction of an Air Wall, including how sound affects the air temperature.

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Arrangement

The drawings are primarily listed by the homeowner's or customer's name with the street address and city listed, if known.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

For those materials where the donor holds copyright, the donor has assigned copyright to the Penn State Libraries.

Preferred Citation

[Item Title], A. William Hajjar Architectural Drawings, PSUA 9399, Special Collections Library, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collections was donated to the Special Collections Library by Mark Hajjar from 2012-2015.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Hajjar, A. William (Abraham William)
  • Hajjar, Mark

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