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Getty center site planning and construction photographs, 1947, 1958, 1963, 1978, 1982, 1984-1987, and undated, bulk 1984-1997.

J. Paul Getty Trust. Building Program.

Available at Special Collections  INSTITUTIONAL ARCHIVES - CONTACT REFERENCE  (IA40001 ) and other locations()

  • Title:
    Getty center site planning and construction photographs, 1947, 1958, 1963, 1978, 1982, 1984-1987, and undated, bulk 1984-1997.
  • Author/Creator: J. Paul Getty Trust. Building Program.
  • Creation Date: 1947, 1958, 1963, 1978, 1982, 1984-1987, and undated, bulk 1984-1997.
  • Biographical/Historical Note: The Getty Center opened in 1997 as a multifaceted campus located in Brentwood, California, including modern architecture, gardens, and fountains. The Getty Center is owned and operated by the J. Paul Getty Trust, a cultural and philanthropic organization. The Trust is a not-for-profit institution, educational in purpose and character, that focuses on the visual arts in all of their dimensions. The Center is home to the Trust and its four programs: the Getty Foundation, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Museum and the Conservation Institute also maintain operations at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, the original site of the Museum.
    Due to a lack of space at the original J. Paul Getty Museum site the Trust and its program offices were scattered throughout the Los Angeles basin in the 1980s and 1990s. The Trust required a larger and more unified main campus facility to accommodate its growing programs and Museum collection. In 1983 the Trust purchased 750 acres in Brentwood, California and in 1984 the architectural firm Richard Meier & Partners was chosen to design the Getty Center. After three years of design, discussions, and approvals, construction began in 1987 under the guidance of the Dinwiddie Construction Company (which had also built the Getty Villa in the early 1970s). A decade later, and forty-three years after the original J. Paul Getty Museum had opened in Mr. Getty's Ranch House, the Getty Center officially opened to the public on December 17, 1997.
  • Arrangement: These records are organized into eight series: Series I. Views of the Getty Center site and surrounding area, 1947, 1958, 1963, 1978, 1982, 1984-1997, and undated (bulk 1984-1997); Series II. Central Garden, circa 1995, 1996, and undated; Series III. Visits to other sites, 1984-1992, 1994, and undated; Series IV. Events, 1984-1997; Series V. Photographs of architectural models, 1982, 1986-1994, and undated; Series VI. Photographs of architectural drawings, 1987-1988, 1990-1994, and undated; Series VII. Stone and quarries, 1990-1994; Series VIII. Miscellaneous images, 1982-1997, and undated.
  • Physical Desc.: 108.09 linear feet (113 boxes and 4 flat files).
  • Summary: Records comprise photographic prints, contact sheets, slides, transparencies, and negatives, dating 1947-1997 (bulk 1984-1997), that were created, collected, and maintained by the J. Paul Getty Trust Building Program. The images document the planning and building of the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California by Richard Meier & Partners and the Dinwiddie Construction Company.
    The photographic records cover ground and aerial views of the Getty Center site before, during, and after construction; the design of the Central Garden; visits to other art and cultural institutions; events related to planning and construction; images of both architectural drawings and models; and documentation of the stone materials used in the construction. Photographers represented include Vladimir Lange, Joe Deal, Dennis Keeley, Bruce Bourassa, Paul Slaughter, Charles Pasella, Tom Bonner, Dave Margolf and Jock Pottle along with Getty Staff members Steve Rountree, Tim Whalen, Ellen Wirth, Gloria Gerace, and Don Williamson. The majority of the aerial images are attributed to Warren Aerial Photography, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Cumulative Index/Finding Aid: Finding aid; available in the repository.
  • Other Archival Locations: Image Library, J. Paul Getty Trust, Communications. Located in: Institutional Records and Archives, Getty Research Institute, Research Library. Finding aid no. IA30004.
  • Form/Genre: Aerial photography -- 20th century
    Photographic prints -- 20th century
    Negatives (photographs) -- 20th century
    Slides (photographs) -- 20th century
    Contact sheets -- 20th century
  • Subjects: Getty Center (Los Angeles, Calif.) Getty Center Gardens (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Contributors: Bourassa, Bruce. Deal, Joe, 1947-2010. Irwin, Robert, 1928- Keeley, Dennis. Sekula, Allan. Warren Aerial Photography, Inc. Dinwiddie Construction Company. Richard Meier & Partners.
  • ID/Accession Number: 2391-408
  • Access/Rights: The records described in accession 1997.IA.10 are available for use by qualified researchers with the exception of Box 3, which may contain restricted material. Restricted material must be removed from the box prior to researcher access.
    The records described in accession 1997.IA.02, 2007.IA.43 and 2008.IA.58 are available for use by qualified researchers.
    The following types of records are permanently closed: records containing personal information, records that compromise security or operations, legal communications, legal work product, and records related to donors. The J. Paul Getty Trust reserves the right to restrict access to any records held by the Institutional Archives.
    Researchers must wear cotton gloves when handling photographic materials.
    Contact Library Rights and Reproductions at the Getty Research Institute for copyright information and permission to publish.
  • OCLC Record Number: 81971072
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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