The Ryerson & Burnham Libraries and the family of John Garrett Thorpe are pleased to announce the donation to the Ryerson & Burnham Archives of the John Garrett Thorpe & Associates Collection.


John Garrett Thorpe (1944--2016) was an architect and distinguished historic preservation advocate who, along with his architectural firm, provided restoration and preservation services on 55 buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright and 68 projects by other Prairie School architects. One of the authors for The Plan for Restoration and Adaptive Use of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Thorpe acted to secure its purchase by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust and to implement a 13-year restoration project on the building. The John Garrett Thorpe & Associates Collection in the Ryerson & Burnham Archives consists of thousands of architectural drawings as well as project files on 33 projects designed by Wright and 27 projects by other Prairie School architects. 


Once the collection has been processed by our archives staff, these materials will be available for use in the reading room of the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries, along with the Ryerson & Burnham Archives' other rich holdings on Sullivan, Wright, the Prairie School, and Organic Architecture.