Collection Type:

1872 to 1938

Charles Z. Klauder was associated with the firm of Day & Klauder and its antecedents before establishing his own independent practice in Philadelphia in 1927. Klauder was an accomplished academic architect who achieved his greatest success in university projects, usually in a Collegiate Gothic style. His most extraordinary project was the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning, an academic skyscraper. He also designed the university's Heinz Chapel and Stephen Foster Memorial.

Scope and Content: 

The Klauder Collection consists of blueprints, photographs, and ephemera (such as architect-designed Christmas cards) related to the Klauder office that were largely assembled by former Klauder draftsman Wyatt Hibbs. These items date principally from 1909 to 1935, and document nearly thirty Klauder projects including university buildings for Pennsylvania State College [sic], Princeton University, the University of Colorado, Wellesley College, and the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning and Heinz Chapel.

Select Bibliography: 

Brown, Mark M. The Cathedral of Learning: Concept, Design, Construction. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh, 1987.

Klauder, Charles Zeller and Herbert C. Wise. College Architecture in America and Its Part in the Development of the Campus. New York: Scribner, 1929.

Pitluga, Kurt W. "Charles Z. Klauder at Penn State: The Image of the University." M.A. Thesis, Pennsylvania State University, 1990.

Pitluga, Kurt W. "The Collegiate Architecture of Charles Z. Klauder." Ph.D Dissertation, Pennsylvania State University, 1994.