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Research materials concerning Louis Singleton Curtiss

Call Number: RH MS 856


These research materials regarding Kansas City architect Louis Singleton Curtiss (1865-1924) are those of Curtiss biographer Fred T. Comee. Included is Comee's published article regarding Curtiss, as well as his correspondence, notes, clippings, and photographs which address Curtiss's career.


  • Creation: 1957 - 1990


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Louis Curtiss

Louis Curtiss was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada, on July 1, 1865, the son of Frances Elvira and Don Carlos Curtiss. He studied architecture at the University of Toronto and in Paris. In the late 1800s, Curtiss moved to Kansas City, where he became a partner of Frederick C. Gunn to form the firm of Gunn & Curtiss. Over the next ten years, Curtiss produced progressive designs for many buildings, including Kansas City's Baltimore Hotel, Willis Wood Theater, Boley Clothing Store, his own office and studio, and the Bernard Corrigan house, as well as the Missouri State Building at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and Fred Harvey Houses in Kansas and other states. Curtiss died in 1924 and is buried in Kansas City's Mount Washington Cemetery.


.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Scope and Contents

This collection is that of Louis Singleton Curtiss biographer Fred T. Comee. It contains offprints of Comee's article, "Louis Curtiss of Kansas City" published in (Progressive Architecture), August 1963, and Comee's files of correspondence, clippings, notes, architectural drawings, and photographs from his research regarding Louis Curtiss. The correspondence dates chiefly from 1962 to 1975--the bulk of it dated 1963. It includes Comee's correspondence with Curtiss biographer Wilda Sandy and with Curtiss's niece Irene Shorey. Also included are photocopied blueprints for Kansas City's Dean Brothers Realty Company building and photocopies of nominations of two Curtiss-designed buildings (The Boley Building and Curtiss's studio building) for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Collection arrangement is largely chronological. Photographs and photographic negatives are at RH MS-P 856.

Physical Location

RH MS 856

Physical Location

RH MS-P 856

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Fred Comee, 1992

Related Materials

Louis Singleton Curtiss Collection, RH MS 35, Kansas Collection, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Sandy, Wilda, Stalking Louis Curtiss, architect: a portrait of the man and his work, RH CK288, Spencer Library (Kansas Collection); NA737.C87 S26 1991, University of Kansas Libraries

Encore; the re-opening of the Folly Theater, 1981, RH D7824, Kansas Collection, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

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Research materials concerning Louis Singleton Curtiss
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Comee, Fred T, Research materials concerning Louis Singleton Curtiss, Kansas Collection, RH MS 856, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

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