Special Collections Department
Charles A. Rubicam
Manuscript Collection Number: 356
Extent: 17 items
Content: Architectural drawings
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: December 1997 by Arthur Siegel
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
Scope and Content Note
The collection is separated into four folders, each of which contains the drawings from a separate project, though it is possible that those in folders three and four are from the same project. Folder one contains a series of watercolored plans and elevation drawings of an unidentified house, which are housed in a portfolio, and folder two contains watercolored drawings of a different, unidentified, house.
Folder three contains watercolored plans of four structures with adjacent yards, as well as a drawing of the drainage system for the structures. Folder four contains ink-drawn elevations of a city dwelling designed for William Wilson. These, as well as the drawing in folder three, are marked as being the work of Charles A. Rubicam, and are dated to 1855.
Source:Cohen, S.E. Cohen's Philadelphia, PA. City Directory. Philadelphia: Hamelin & Co., 1860.
Note: Collection stored in manuscript oversize box F1 Plan of House (10 sheets) A series of watercolor drawings, possibly of a Philadelphia residence for the Wilson family. They are undated, and do not indicate where the structure is to be located. Basement Plan; watercolor and ink; 18.5 x 24" Ground Plan; watercolor and ink; 18.5 x 24" Room Plan; watercolor and ink; 18.5 x 24" Plan of Roof; cross sections of roof; watercolor and ink; 18.5 x 24" Section; watercolor and ink; 18.5 x 24" Front Elevation; watercolor and ink; 18.5 x 24" Elevation to Garden; watercolor and ink; 18.5 x 24" Elevation to Yard; watercolor and ink; 18.5 x 24" Ground Plan of Offices; watercolor and ink; 18.5 x 24" Elevation of Coachman's House to the Yard, Plan of Lofts and Roof, Section through Stable and Yard, Elevation of Stable to Stable-Yard; watercolor and ink; 18.5 x 24" F2 Red Building (4 sheets) The location of the building as well as the client are unknown, though it is probable that it was to be built in Philadelphia. None of the rooms in the floor plans are labeled, and the red exterior of the building may be of brick or stucco. Elevation; watercolor and ink; 17 x 21" Floor plans (set of 2); watercolor and ink; 16 x 21" Floor plans (set of 2); watercolor and ink; 16 x 21" Floor plan, View of Roof from Above; watercolor and ink; 16 x 21" F3 Philadelphia (1 sheet) 3rd or 20th Street 1855 Floor plan, plan of drainage system; watercolor and ink; (watermark: J.M. Willcox / 1810); inscribed in ink at lower right: "C.A. Rubicam / Builder - / Jan 23 1855"; 17.5 x 22" F4 Philadelphia (2 sheets) 1855 Elevations; ink drawings; stamped at lower right on both sheets: "Designed for Wm Wilson, Esq. / by Chas. A. Rubicam - Builder / Phila - Jan 19 1855"; 18.5 x 24" and 17.5 x 22"
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