William Gehron Papers
The William Gehron Papers consist primarily of correspondence between Gehron and Carl Milles from 1929-1949. The bulk of the correspondence relates to the Harrisburg projects and includes letters among Pennsylvania state officials, Gehron and Milles. Milles provides the artist’s view while Gehron’s letters are more practical – providing insight into the construction and mechanical processes of building a fountain. Milles’ correspondence also reveals the thought processes behind his work, his philosophical and spiritual views, and notes about life at Cranbrook and key figures on campus at the time.
Also included is a set of photographs, many of which relate to the Harrisburg fountains. These are housed in an oversize box with the collection.
- 1917 - 2000
- Gehron, William (Person)
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William Gehron was a New York based architect. In 1929, Gehron visited Stockholm to view Carl Milles’ sculpture and modern Swedish architecture. During his visit he wrote to Milles and asked permission to write an article about him, which was ultimately published in the journal Architecture. This began a lifelong friendship between the two men.
Gehron was instrumental in securing the 1938 commission for Milles of the bronze doors for the Finance Building at Capitol Park, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a building designed by Gehron. A second commission, for a fountain at Harrisburg, was never realized. [Elisabeth Liden’s “Between Water and Heaven: Carl Milles Search for American Commissions” devotes a chapter to the Harrisburg Fountain sculptures].
1.7 Linear Feet (1 MS, 1 OS)
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William Gehron was a lifelong friend of Carl Milles from 1929 when he published an article on him in the journal Architecture. Gehron was instrumental in securing the 1938 commission for Milles of the bronze doors for the Finance Building at Capitol Park, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a building designed by Gehron. The William Gehron Papers consist primarily of correspondence between Gehron and Carl Milles from 1929-1949. The bulk of the correspondence relates to the Harrisburg projects and includes letters among Pennsylvania state officials, Gehron and Milles. It includes a set of photographs, many of which relate to the Harrisburg fountains.
The collection is arranged chronologically by incoming and outgoing correspondence, with photographs housed separately in an oversize box.
Architectural drawings are cataloged in the Cranbrook Academy of Art Library catalog.
Gift of Gilbert Seltzer in September 2003; additional material donated by Gilbert Seltzer in February 2012.
Four architectural drawings of the fountains by Milles and one of the Finance Building bronze doors have been removed to the drawings collection.
Jill Griffiths, 2004; Cheri Y. Gay, 2012.
- Booth, George G. (George Gough), 1864-1949
- Booth, Ellen Warren
- Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998
- Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974
- Milles, Carl, 1875-1955
- Milles, Olga Granner, 1874-1967
- Saarinen, Eliel, 1873-1950
- Schiwetz, Berthold Tex, 1909-1971
- Sepeshy, Zoltan, 1898-1974
- Guide to the William Gehron Papers
- Jill Griffiths
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