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HAMMOND, C. Herrick (1882-1969).

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This American supervised numerous memorable structures as Illinois state architect; he designed many Art Deco and Arts & Crafts style buildings in Chicago, and in 1933 joined forces with the Burnham Brothers to create Burnham and Hammond. TLS, 1p, 7¼" X 9½", Washington, DC, 1929 August 1. Addressed to Waldemer Kaempffert at the Rosenwald Industrial Museum of Chicago (1877-1956), long-time "New York Times" science editor and director of Chicago's Rosenwald Museum (which became the reknowned Museum of Science and Industry). Very good. Small staple hole at upper left; large grease-pencilled recipient's docket at upper right. On "The American Institute of Architects" letterhead (which lists Hammond as president), Hammond notes, "I wish to assure you that the members of the Institute will be glad to cooperate in any way possible to make the Industrial Museum a success. No doubt the local architects here can be of assistance and I shall be glad to arrange a meeting with you and some of the leaders of the profession if that is your desire." Interesting: Some sources state that the name of Kaempffert's museum was changed to what it's known as today (the Museum of Science and Industry) in 1928, but here in 1929 apparently Kaempffert is still using the original name. At this time he was also casting about for a museum building, so perhaps was approaching Hammond for assistance. (It wasn't until the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition that it opened in the 1893 Columbian Exposition "Palace of Fine Arts" building.) Bold, handsome full signature. Accompanied by a second letter, a TLS from Hammond's executive secretary EDWARD C. KEMPER (executive director 1914-48), 1p, 8½" X 11", Washington, DC, 1929 July 29. Addressed to Waldemar Kaempffert. Very good. Staple hole at upper left. On "The American Institute of Architects" letterhead, Kemper thanks Kaempffert for literature on his museum and notes he will forward same to Hammond. "Mr. Hammond has given liberally of his time, for many years, to public service and to Chicago civic affairs. we felt that the subject of your letter should receive his personal attention." Quite interesting pair. Bookseller Inventory # 28610

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