Blaine Drake - Design and the Arts Library Collections

Rendering of Connor Residence
Rendering of Connor Residence

Drawings and Papers: 1930s–1990s
24 boxes and 50 oversize folders, 16 linear feet

Architect Blaine Drake was one of Frank Lloyd Wright's original apprentices at Taliesin, Wisconsin, in 1933, and went on to establish his Arizona practice in 1945. He designed approximately two hundred projects during his long career, nearly two-thirds of which were built. Most of his work was in the Phoenix area and focused on residential architecture, though he also designed office, medical, and apartment buildings and churches. One of the few Wright apprentices to pursue a successful independent practice, Drake was an advocate of energy-efficient design in the desert. He received national and international recognition for his work. Blaine Drake retired from architectural practice in 1985.

Collection holdings include a wide variety of drawings as well as job files containing materials such as correspondence, specifications, financial and legal documents, miscellaneous printed materials, and photographs. Oversize materials are generally organized by project sets (arranged sequentially by project number) that may include perspectives, floor plans, site plans, elevations, sections, and detail drawings. Original drawings on tracing paper and presentation drawings comprise the bulk of oversize materials.

Click here to view  collection finding aid (pdf) and drawings and presentation boards inventory (pdf)