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Cranbrook Architecture Office Records

Identifier: 1998-13

Collection Scope

SERIES I: Brookside school (1992-1998; n.d.) includes correspondence (memos, faxes and letters) from employees and contractors, and financial records (estimates, budget plans, invoices, packing slips, receipts, purchase requisitions, pay stubs, and quotes). Sketches of the various projects throughout their different stages of development are available in their original or copied formats. In addition, the schedule and notes related to each project are included. Catalogs from suppliers and vendors, polaroids and photographs are also located within this series. A computer disk is located in the Post Occupancy Improvement file labeled “Schedules.”

Note: A researcher may find the files of Peter Osler and Mary Kauper of interest to their studies because they may have correspondence or other documents that discuss a specific project.

Subseries 1:Log Jam Arch

Subseries 2: Pedestrian Bridge

Subseries 3: Pickle Place and Post Occupancy Improvements. Dan Hoffman and his colleagues constructed Pickle Place to invoke a child’s imagination and creative thinking. SERIES II: Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC)(1993-1998; n.d.) includes correspondence in the form of memos, faxes and letters from contractors such as Belden Brick Company and Hafele. Invoices, purchase requisitions, purchase orders, estimates, budget plans, and quotes are all portions of the financial records for this series. This series has schedules, work orders and notes on the various projects listed under the CEC series. Also included are manuals and catalogs from suppliers and vendors, sketches and photographs of the various projects. Researchers may find reference to the above projects in the correspondence in Doug Dover’s files.

Subseries 1: Campus Wide Lighting

Subseries 2: Community Signage

Subseries 3: Guard Booth Woodward Entrance

Subseries 4: Mailbox Enclosure.


  • 1992 - 1998


Access to the collection is unrestricted.


Permission to use collection materials must be requested in writing.


Dr. Lillian H. Bauder, the President and Chief Executive Officer for the CEC, developed the Cranbrook Architecture Office. During the years 1984-1996 the Cranbrook Architecture Office was responsible for designing and fabricating additions, repairs, or renovations to the grounds, structures, or buildings of the Cranbrook community. Dr. Bauder hired architect, Dan Hoffman, to oversee the design of the various projects they completed. The Cranbrook Architecture Office consisted of a staff of architects who worked with many outside contractors, builders, and architects to complete the projects they designed. The Architecture Office staff included Theodore Galante, Craig Hoernschemeyer, Mary Kauper, Jennifer Lee, Tom Marchesano, Sue Nederlander, Peter Osler, Peter Rose, Patricia Royer, May Tueit, Jason Vollen, Gail Von Staden, Sandra Wheeler, Greg Yang, and Alfred Zollinger. The office was located in various places including the Cranbrook Art Academy, Cranbrook Institute of Science, and an office in downtown Birmingham. The Cranbrook Architecture Office dispersed after approximately six years of business.


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Dr. Lillian H. Bauder, former President and Chief Executive Officer for the Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC), developed the Cranbrook Architecture Office. During the years 1984-1996 the Cranbrook Architecture Office was responsible for designing and fabricating additions, repairs, or renovations to the grounds, structures, or buildings of the Cranbrook community. The collection comprises of materials relative to the Brookside school, the Log Jam Arch, the Pedestrian Bridge, Pickle Place, and post occupancy improvements. This includes correspondence, financial records, sketches, schedules, notes, catalogs, photographs, and polaroids. Also included are files associated with Cranbrook architects Doug Dover, Dan Hoffman, Mary Kauper, and Peter Osler. Other materials include correspondence from contractors Belden Brick Company and Hafele, work orders and manuals pertaining to lighting, signage, the guard booth (Woodward Avenue entrance), and the mailbox enclosure.


The Cranbrook Architecture Office collection is arranged into the following series: Brookside School; and Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC). SERIES I Brookside School (Box 1) is arranged into four subseries: Log Jam Arch, Pedestrian Bridge, Pickle Place and Post Occupancy Improvements.

SERIES II Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC) (Box 2) is organized into four subseries: Campus Wide Lighting, Community Signage, Guard Booth Woodward Entrance and Mailbox Enclosure.

Each subseries is organized topically (correspondence, financial records, sketches, etc). The papers within each file have been arranged chronologically.

Additional Access

An index to the collection is available.


Transferred by the Cranbrook Architecture Office.

Related Materials

CEC Presidents Office: Dr. Lillian H. Bauder Records (1991-16); Cranbrook Architectural Office Files (1989-1)

Processing History

The files were processed and the finding aid was written by Kari Herzog 2004.

Guide to the Cranbrook Architecture Office Records
Finding aid created by Kari Herzog.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
Resource record created by Nichole L. Manlove.

Repository Details

Part of the Cranbrook Archives, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research Repository