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A Guide to the
Frederic J. Delongchamps Architectural Drawings And Papers
Collection Nos. NAA1 and NC1215

Frederic Joseph DeLongchamps 1882-1969.

Frederic J. DeLongchamps was born Frederic Joseph DeLonchant in Reno, Nevada on January 2, 1882. He attended Washoe County schools and graduated from the University of Nevada in 1904 with a degree in mining engineering. 

He was employed as a mining engineer and draftsman in Inyo County, California before he embarked on a career in architecture. DeLongchamps spent a short time in San Francisco where he may have apprenticed, but he entered the architectural profession with no extensive formal training. He returned to Nevada in 1907 and formed a partnership with Ira W. Tesch which lasted for two years. From 1909 to 1938, DeLongchamps maintained his own firm and became one of Nevada's most prolific architects. He designed both private and public buildings including nine county courthouses in Nevada and California. He was awarded the contract to design the Nevada Buildings for the Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915, winning a silver medal for his work.

DeLongchamps was appointed Nevada State Architect in 1919 and was the only person to hold the position, which was abolished in 1926. During this time, he designed many state buildings.

In 1939, George L. F. O' Brien joined DeLongchamps in partnership in Reno, and Hewitt Wells added his name to the association in 1962. The architectural firm of DeLongchamps, O'Brien and Wells continued to design buildings, mainly in the Reno area, into the 1960s.

Frederic J. DeLongchamps remained active in mining engineering throughout his life and was also involved in many community service organizations. In 1966, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the University of Nevada, Reno. He died in Reno, Nevada on February 11, 1969.

Scope And Content

The Frederic J. DeLongchamps collection of architectural drawings and accompanying papers was acquired by the University of Nevada, Reno in 1978 from Hewitt C. Wells, DeLongchamps' partner and successor in the architectural firm of DeLongchamps, O' Brien and Wells. The drawings, dating from 1899 to 1962, were rolled and stored in approximately 250 cardboard tubes. Accompanying specifications and documents relating to the drawings were stored in separate boxes.

In 1983, the Special Collections Department at the University of Nevada, Reno received a grant from the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office to arrange and catalog the drawings and architectural records. The drawings were humidified, flattened and placed in map folders. They are stored flat on metal shelves in the Special Collections Department. Each of the approximately 550 DeLongchamps projects has been given a record number. These were assigned chronologically, with earliest projects having the lowest numbers. Drawings within each project are numbered from earliest to latest and include preliminary drawings, sketches, presentation drawings, working drawings and shop drawings. Each drawing is identified with a record number and a drawing number. Although projects containing many drawings are stored in several folders, no more than one architectural project is contained in a single folder. The drawings are arranged by record number in numerical order on the shelves.

The DeLongchamps drawings have been cataloged using MARC (machine readable catalog) format. Computer printout catalogs for the collection have been produced and are available in the Special Collections Department at the University of Nevada Reno, Library. Information for each record includes building name, architect, architectural firm, project location, client name, date of drawings (an asterisk after date indicates that the date does not appear on the drawings and was taken from another source), building type and description (includes architectural style), number and type of drawings, and record number. Drawings may be accessed in the catalogs by building name, location, client, description (style), date and record number.

Specifications exist for some but not all of the DeLongchamps architectural projects. These, and accompanying documents, are stored in 14 boxes on the Special Collection Department shelves. Record numbers assigned to the architectural drawings also apply to corresponding specifications and documents. Record numbers for the drawings are preceded with NAA 1 and for the specifications, NC1215. Drawings by other architects included in the DeLongchamps collection, appear in the printout by building name. Specifications for these drawings can be found in box 14 along with specifications having no accompanying drawings. These drawings and specifications have not been assigned a record number. A small collection of photographs were transferred to the photo archives and printed material transferred into the Special Collections or general stacks. 

The collection is divided into the following series:

Series 1   Architectural Drawings   NAA 1 

See department for guide.

Alphabetical by building name, location, client and description, chronological by date, numerical by record number.

 

Series 2   Specifications and Documents NC1215

See box and folder list as follows. 

 

BOX 1 

NC1215/1   Washoe County Courthouse

 

BOX 2

NC1215/5  Nevada State Penitentiary 

NC1215/6  YMCA

NC1215/8  Nevada State Capitol

NC1215/9  Lyon County Courthouse

NC1215/11   Clark County Courthouse

NC1215/13   Fallon Public School Building

NC1215/16   Kirman, Richard, house

NC1215/19   Modoc County Courthouse

NC1215/25   Battle Mountain Public School

NC1215/27   Douglas County High School

NC1215/31   Minden Fire House

NC1215/34   Nixon National Bank (Reno National Bank)

NC1215/40   Minden Hotel

NC1215/44   Mineral County Hospital

NC1215/47   Aiden High School

NC1215/54   Humphrey Supply Company Building

NC1215/55   Mary Lee Nichols School

NC1215/57   Mineral County High School

NC1215/61   Nevada State Prison Buildings Cell Block

NC1215/62   Nevada State School of Industry Hospital and Cottage

NC1215/67   Sparks Primary School Building

NC1215/68   Young, Mary M., house

NC1215/70   Pearson and Cafferata Building 

NC1215/74   Commercial Hotel Co., Hotel and Bank Building (Oregon)

NC1215/76   Elko Grammar School

NC1215/79   Humboldt County Courthouse

NC1215/80   Lake County High School

NC1215/89   Palisade Grade School

NC1215/92   Rex Theater

NC1215/94   University of Nevada, Reno Bunkhouse

NC1215/95   University of Nevada, Reno College of Education Building

NC1215/96   University of Nevada, Reno Farmhouse

NC1215/97 Manzanita Hall (3 folders)

NC1215/99   Elko County General Hospital

NC1215/100 Fallon Bank

NC1215/103 Heroes Memorial Building 

 

BOX 3

NC1215/106 Masonic Temple for Humboldt Lodge No. 27 

NC1215/107 Nevada State Hospital for Mental Diseases

NC1215/108 Nevada State Mining Experiment Station 

NC1215/110 Odd Fellows Temple

NC1215/111 Ormsby County Courthouse 

NC1215/112 Pershing County Courthouse 

NC1215/117 Chism Ice Cream Company, addition

NC1215/120 Lander County High School

NC1215/122 Tonopah High School

NC1215/124 White Pine County High School

NC1215/127 Osen Motors Sales Company Building (Dietz Motor Company).

NC1215/129 Susanville City Hall

NC1215/131 Hall, J.W., building

NC1215/135 Sparks Grade School (Kate M. Smith School) (2 folders)

NC1215/137 Stockgrowers and Ranchers Bank

NC1215/141 Farmers and Merchants Bank

NC1215/143 Lunsford, W.S., building

NC1215/145 Majestic Theatre

NC1215/146 Nevada Cadillac Company Building

NC1215/147 Nevada State Building 

NC1215/153 University of Nevada, Reno Girls Dormitory Building 

NC1215/154 Arcade Building 

NC1215/156 Byington Building

NC1215/157 Commercial Hotel, (Elko)

NC1215/159 First National Bank, Elko

NC1215/164 Hunter Theater

NC1215/166 Knights of Pythias Building, Elko

NC1215/167 Laughton Hot Springs

NC1215/169 Mayer Hotel, (Elko)

NC1215/173 Reno Golf Club, club house

NC1215/175 Riverside Hotel

NC1215/178 University of Nevada, Reno Dining Room and Kitchen Building

NC1215/179 University of Nevada, Reno Hatch Building

NC1215/181 University of Nevada, Reno Mackay School of Mines

NC1215/185 Gardnerville Hotel

NC1215/189 Heidtman. H.C. building

 

BOX 4

NC1215/192   Sparks High School

 

BOX 5

NC1215/192   Sparks High School (3 folders)

NC1215/194   Trinity Episcopal Church (Trinity Cathedral)

NC1215/195 Winnemucca Baptist Church

NC1215/196   Bell Telephone of Nevada, Reno Main Office

NC1215/197 Bell Telephone of Nevada, Sparks Office (Alano Club)

NC1215/200 Fernley 

NC1215/201 Markleeville School

NC1215/202 Rhodes, C.E., house

NC1215/203   Saint Thomas Aquinas

NC1215/207 Toscano Hotel

NC1215/210 Bulasky, M., building

NC1215/211 Causten, James, house

NC1215/215   Fallon Municipal Building

NC1215/216 Groesbeck Building

NC1215/219 Knight, Lora J., house and cottage

NC1215/220   Lincoln County High School

NC1215/222 Montello School and Gym Building

NC1215/226 University of Nevada, Reno Mackay Science Hall (2 folders)

NC1215/228 Barengo Brothers Hotel and Store

 

BOX 6

NC1215/229   Bell Telephone of Nevada, Carson City Office

NC1215/236   Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish House and School

NC1215/237   Smith, C.W., house

NC1215/238   Sparks Catholic Church

NC1215/241 University of Nevada, Reno Arts and Science Building

NC1215/245   Agnes, John, house

NC1215/248   Race Track Clubhouse 

NC1215/250 Washoe County General Hospital (4 folders) 

NC1215/251 Washoe County Library, Sparks Branch 

NC1215/243 Graham, L.D., servant's quarters 

NC1215/257   U.S. Post Office (4 folders) 

 

BOX 7

NC1215/260   Carson City High School

NC1215/261   Smith Valley High School

NC1215/263   Roxie Theatre

NC1215/266   Nevada State Supreme Court and Library

NC1215/267   Virginia City School

NC1215/268   Wadsworth Public School

NC1215/269   Yerington Grammar School No.9

NC1215/277   Mirc, Pierre, house

NC1215/280   Woodburn, William, house

NC1215/283   Dodge Construction Company, machine shop building

NC1215/289   Siefert, D.M., house 8

NC1215/303   University of Nevada, Reno Gamma Phi Beta Sorority

NC1215/305   Kings Beach School

NC1215/317   Portola Fire Hall

NC1215/322   Elko County Courthouse

NC1215/323 University of Nevada, Reno Gymnasium Building

NC1215/329 Hawthorne Grade School (3 folders)

NC1215/343 McKinley Park School 

NC1215/351   Cacka, L., tourist cabin

NC1215/352   Church of Christ

NC1215/357 LeMaire, Rene, garage and showroom

NC1215/358   Lyon County Hospital

 

BOX 8

NC1215/362   Nevada State Historical Society Library Building

NC1215/367 University of Nevada, Reno Men's Dormitory

NC1215/369   Lander County Jail

NC1215/372 Churchill County Courthouse

NC1215/373 Churchill Public Hospital (3 folders)

NC1215/387   Trinity Lutheran Church

NC1215/392   Gray Reid Wright Building 

NC1215/395 Salvation Army Building

NC1215/400 Bourne, A.K., house 

NC1215/416   U.S. Bureau of Mines

NC1215/438 Vincent, Ronald, house

NC1215/439 Nevada Industrial Commission Building  

NC1215/440 Washoe County Health and Welfare Building (3 folders) 

NC1215/443   Donner Inn Motel

NC1215/444 Humboldt Hotel

  

BOX 9 

NC1215/446   Union Federal Savings & Loan

 

BOX 10-12 

NC1215/448 University of Nevada, Reno Engineering Building

 

BOX 13

NC1215/452   Storey County Fire House No.l

NC1215/453   Tom Sawyer Village (4 folders)

NC1215/454   YWCA (3 folders)

NC1215/470   Curti, Philip, garage

NC1215/492   Kall, Fred A., house

NC1215/518   Quincy Theater

NC1215/524   Saint Thomas School

NC1215/528   Tioga Lodge

NC1215/538   Young, H.E., house

NC1215/622  Steinmiller, Dr. G.C. House

 

BOX 14

This box contains un-numbered specifications and includes specifications for projects for which there are no drawings in the collection; specifications for jobs executed by other architects; and United States Government speci­fications. 

  

Specifications/No Drawings 

Alameda County, Golden Gate School  

Alameda County Jail 

Alpine County Courthouse  

Austin Gymnasium 

Band Stand, Reno  

Baptist Church, Sparks 

Byars, H.M., house 

Fallon Library  

Keystone Laundry  

Lander County Hospital  

Nevada State Museum  

University of Nevada, Reno Refrigeration Plant 

Wells School  

Winnemucca Parish House 

Yavapai Court House 

 

Other Architects 

Fallon High School 

Florence Drake Elementary School 

Gardner Street School, Los Angeles 

Sonoma State Home 

Sparks City Hall 

T.D. Theater 

 

National Housing Agency-U.S. Government Specifications 

War Housing Project, Sparks 

War Dormitory Buildings, Sparks  

Highland Terrace Housing, Reno 

War Housing Project, Carlin  

War Housing Project, Fallon 

War Housing Project, Luning 

War Housing Project, Mill City 

War Housing Project, Golconda

 

BOX 15

This box contains printed material and photographs donated by Galen deLongchamps, 1984. Included are Persons In The Foreground by Boyd Moore containing a biographical sketch of F.J. Delongchamps; The Artemisia 1904; F.J. Delongchamps photograph portfolio; photographs of the construction of the Washoe County Courthouse, 1910; news clips.

 

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