Architectural Archives 

 The Warnecke Architectural Archives, in Sonoma County, California, contain significant architectural primary source materials by and about noted California architect, Carl I. Warnecke and his son, John Carl Warnecke.  Architectural plans, drawings, sketches, photographs, personal papers, journals, project files, and correspondence make up one of the largest remaining architectural archives still in one family, representing more than one hundred years (1911-2012) of architectural source materials. 

The Carl I. Warnecke Archives (1891-1971) contain early Beaux-Arts drawings and documents pertaining to CIW’s architectural training in San Francisco (1908-13) and Paris (1914). Evidence of the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement, the early Modern Movement (Art Deco) and Mid Century Modernism of the 1950s, are reflected in project files and drawings for hundreds of clients and building types; including the Dept. of Defense Housing during World War II, mortuaries during the depression, as well as schools, universities, airports, chapels, and many residential estates. Also included are personal papers, photographs (Moulin Studios), slides, travel notes, and individual project files with beautiful full-scale, hand drawn project details. 

  

The John Carl Warnecke Archives (1919-2010)  contain irreplaceable and comprehensive primary source materials of JCW and his firm.

Notable projects include Mid Century Modern masterworks like: the historic restoration of Lafayette Square fronting the White House; the Master plan for the United States Navel Academy, San Francisco and Logan International Airports; major buildings at Stanford and Georgetown University; the Hawaii State Capital, Hawaii; the Hart Senate Office Building, Washington; Asilomar, near Monterey, California; the American Hospital in Paris; and the Eternal Flame, John F. Kennedy’s Memorial, in Arlington, Virginia.

 

The Archives extensive research files and photography provide visual and written documentation of the Warnecke firm’s commissions; preserving hand drawn notes with members of staff, now deceased; and supplementing the only extant personal papers. The collection includes the work of 48 different architectural photographers, including the photography archive of Elenor LeMaire’s firm, an interior designer for Neiman Marcus, with original Ezra Stoller photographs of all her work. 

John Carl Warnecke, a pioneer of contextual design in American Architecture.

John Carl (Jack) WARNECKE, a pioneer of contextual design in American Architecture was born February 24, 1919 in Oakland, California, the son of Carl I. Warnecke and Margaret Esterling Warnecke.  Jack graduated cum laude from Stanford University in 1941, where he played left tackle on the famed Rose Bowl "Wow Boys" team of 1940. He earned a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University, school of Architecture in 1942.

He first gained national prominence in 1951 for his contemporary design of new schools and colleges in western USA.   Mr. Warnecke was awarded the Arnold Brunner Prize for excellence in Architecture by the National Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1957. He became internationally known in the mid 1950s, when he was chosen by the State Department to design a new embassy in Thailand. In 1962, at the personal request of President John F. Kennedy, Warnecke was asked to design the restoration of historic Lafayette Square across from the White House. The following year he was appointed to a four-year term on the Federal Fine Arts Commission, introducing the concept of contextual design into federal architecture. In the fall of 1963 he accompanied the President on his last visit to the Boston area to review potential sites and plans for what would later become Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Following the death of President Kennedy, Mr. Warnecke was commissioned by the Kennedy family to design the President's memorial grave in Arlington National Cemetery. Other notable JCW projects include the Hart Senate Office building in the U.S. capitol, the master plan, library and science buildings at U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, the Soviet Embassy in Washington, D.C, and the San Francisco and Logan Airports. He also contributed design input to the campuses of Stanford, UCLA, U.C. Berkeley, and Georgetown. His firm, John Carl Warnecke and Associates, had offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., Boston and Hawaii received more than 100 awards for design excellence. Warnecke was an Associate of the National Academy of Design, and a Fellow in both the American Institute of Architects and the Design Futures Council.

In a beautiful setting of rolling hills amidst a working vineyard on the edge of the Russian River, the Warnecke Ranch and Vineyards has been in the family for more than 100 years. The property was originally acquired by Jack’s mother’s family, and later augmented and developed by Warnecke, who based his architectural practice around the ranch in order to be with his family and entertain world-class clients and friends. 

In his retirement, Jack divided his time between San Francisco, where he maintained his office, and the Warnecke Ranch and vineyard outside of Healdsburg, on the Russian River.  At the ranch, Jack enjoyed entertaining family and friends, supervising the growing of premium grapes that were sold to local wineries while, at the same time, writing his life memoirs. 

The Warnecke Archives and its ancillary collections are the true centerpiece of the architectural holdings at the Warnecke Ranch and Vineyards. ...A wealth of material exists for historians, students, and other researchers to use. 

 

The Archive is open to the public by appointment only. 

 

Our admission is always free. Introductory tours are offered for Architecture passionates. We also like hosting classes, design teams, creative groups, and corporate off-sites.

 

 

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Please review the following documents before your archive tour!

-Photographs and Digital Camara Use in the Warnecke Architectural Archives Click HERE!

-Warnecke Architectural Archives Image Use Policy Click HERE!

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