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New Digital Collection: Killis Almond architectural drawings

February 12, 2020

I’m happy to announce a new addition to our ever-growing digital library: newly digitized architectural drawings from archival collection MS 348, Killis Almond and Associates records. Killis Almond Architects, PC is a multi-disciplinary consulting firm specializing in architectural design for new construction, historic preservation, rehabilitation and research that was established in 1977 by Killis P. Almond in San Antonio. Many of the firm’s projects, including theater restoration projects here in San Antonio, across Texas, and beyond, are now represented in our digital library through digitized architectural drawings.

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This new digital addition was made possible by several years of hard work by our dedicated volunteer (who also happens to be a retired architect, lucky us!), Milton Babbitt. Milton inventoried, re-boxed, and described the Plans and Drawings series of the collection. We are ever grateful for his patience, expertise, and most of all – his time. To learn more about Milton and his vital contribution to this new digital collection, see this blog post.

Once Milton laid the ground work of organizing the physical collection materials, we were able to have them digitized. The torch was then passed on to me, where I spent time reconciling the digital files we received from our vendor with Milton’s metadata. Once all the files for a particular project were accounted for, I grouped them together and uploaded each project to our digital library. This new landing page serves as the digital collection’s home base: where visitors can learn about the collection, access the more detailed collection guide (which contains information about the collection in its entirety), and of course – view our digitized content.

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Detail: Dullnig Building Facade, 1978, Architectural Drawing, Box OM 15, Folder 0005-0

The culmination of several years of hard work is that the Non-Residential Projects subseries of the Plans and Drawings series is now available online. San Antonians will recognize several notable buildings, including: the Alameda Theater, the Alamo and Alamo Plaza, the AT&T Building, La Villita, Palo Alto College, San Pedro Playhouse, the Tower Life Building, and many more San Antonio landmarks.

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  1. Sandra Merrifield permalink
    February 12, 2020 11:13 pm

    I am very interested in architecture and architectural drawings, This is fascinating and wonderful. I always learn so much from these blogs. Keep up the good work.

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