Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library received a gift of archival materials from Rose Associates – a prominent New York real estate development firm. The archival gift is accompanied by funds from the Susan & Elihu Rose Foundation to support processing this fascinating collection of construction photographs, brochures, newspaper clippings, advertising materials, and other records related to the construction of apartment complexes overseen by the historic firm between 1920 and 1980. Notable projects within the collection include the Madison Belvedere, Park Gramercy, Georgetown Plaza, and Metropolis.
"The Rose Associates collection is an exciting addition to Avery Library's collections, focusing primarily on the development of apartment houses in New York City in the middle decades of the 20th century, a period when New York underwent enormous change," Andrew Dolkart, Director of Columbia University’s Historic Preservation Program, said. "The collection looks at architecture and development from the view of the real estate developer, a perspective that has long been ignored. The collection also complements several other notable holdings at Avery Library, including the Uris Collection, with its focus on mid-century office buildings, and the drawings of apartment house architects Emery Roth and Horace Ginsbern. The donation serves as a model for other real estate developers who are looking for a repository for their records."
Two brothers, Samuel B. Rose and David Rose, founded Rose Associates in 1928. The company originally managed properties in the Bronx, but grew to oversee more than 31,000 apartments in New York. This collection focuses mainly on the properties managed by the Samuel B. and David Rose, as well as Frederick Phineas Rose and Elihu Rose. The firm is still family run and operated today.
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