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Solon S. Beman and Spencer S. Beman Collection

A work made of printed papers, a scrapbook, black and white photographic prints, black and white photomechanical prints, architectural reprographic prints and realia..

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  • A work made of printed papers, a scrapbook, black and white photographic prints, black and white photomechanical prints, architectural reprographic prints and realia..

Date:

1892-1985

Artist:

Solon Spencer Beman (1853-1914)
Spencer Solon Beman (1887-1952)

About this artwork

After working for architect Richard Upjohn in New York, Solon Spencer Beman (1853–1914) moved to Chicago in 1879 to design the model company town of Pullman, Illinois, for railcar magnate George Pullman. Beman remained in Chicago, receiving commissions to design the company town of Ivorydale, Ohio and public and commercial buildings in the midwest. Through his designs for several buildings at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Beman developed a long-standing relationship with the Christian Science Church, bringing a classical architectural vocabulary to Christian Science churches across the United States. Solon’s son, Spencer (1887–1952), practiced in partnership with his father until Solon’s death. Spencer continued to design Christian Science for several decades, but introduced Georgian and Colonial architectural influences. Spencer was also the architect of numerous Tudor and French Revival-style residences in Chicago’s North Shore communities. This collection includes a scrapbook of Solon and Spencer’s architectural designs—including advertisements, photographs, and published articles—and photographs of Spencer’s religious and residential designs.

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Status

Currently Off View

Department

AIC Archives

Artist

Solon Spencer Beman

Title

Solon S. Beman and Spencer S. Beman Collection

Date

Made 1892–1985

Medium

Printed papers, a scrapbook, black and white photographic prints, black and white photomechanical prints, architectural reprographic prints and realia.

Dimensions

0.5 linear feet (1 box), 3 portfolios, 4 oversize portfolios, flatfile materials, and 1 rolled tube

Credit Line

Largely unknown. Additonal gifts of Kerry Vautrot, 2007; Hasbrouck, 2011; First Church of Christ, Scientist, Toronto, 2013; Michael Dixon, n.d.; Jackie Griffith, 2016; and J. Abendschien, n.d.

Reference Number

2001.6

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