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Curutchet Collection, 1949-1979: An Inventory.

Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University


Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: DES.1977.0002.000603292
Repository: Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Title: The Curutchet Collection. 1949-1979.
Date(s): 1948-1978
Quantity: 1 linear feet (Extent is approximate.)
Abstract: Drawings, correspondence and photographs related to the design, by Le Corbusier (1887-1965), and construction of the Curutchet House, La Plata, Argentina.

Acquisition Information:

Immediate source of acquisition: Gift of Dr. Pedro Curutchet, 1978; additional material donated by Professor Jorge Silvetti, 1979.

Processing Information:

Processed by Mary Daniels

Conditions on Use and Access:

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Dr. Pedro Domingo Curutchet was born in 1901 in Las Flores, Argentina. He was educated in La Plata, graduating in the mid 1920s with a medical degree. In 1930 he moved to Loberia, where he practiced medicine and developed the innovative surgical techniques later described in his Aximanual Surgery: Technology and History [1974] and Axitechnical Surgery and Crucimanual History [1976]. Curutchet's intellectual interests were wide-ranging; the books are rich in references to the arts and literature. Returning to La Plata in 1948, he wrote to Le Corbusier, later attributing his choice of architect to "a shared affinity" to another innovative thinker. A detailed account of the design and construction process can be found in Alejandro Lapunzina's Le Corbusier's Maison Curutchet (Princeton Architectural Press, 1997).


The Curutchet Collection is composed of Series A (Plans and drawings), Series B (Correspondence related to the design and construction of the Curutchet House and to the acquisition of the Curutchet Collection by the Frances Loeb Library), Series C (Photographs), and Series D (Related [printed] material).

Scope and Contents

The Curutchet Collection includes drawings and plans, correspondence and photographs related to the residence and clinic of Dr. Pedro Curutchet by Le Corbusier (1887-1965). In addition to the materials received from Dr. Curutchet, the collection's photographic files were supplemented by photographs taken and donated by Professor Jorge Silvetti of the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1979.
The home and office of Dr. Pedro D. Curutchet in La Plata, Argentina, together with the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, constitute the only built work by Le Corbusier in the Western Hemisphere. Commissioned by Dr. Curutchet, a distinguished surgeon with a broad interest in design, the project was undertaken in 1948 and is documented by reproductions of plans, correspondence, photographs and ephemera. The holdings of the Curutchet collection are supplemented by the wealth of resources related to Le Corbusier's professional work in the Frances Loeb Library's general collection and by the holdings of the Library's Visual Resources Department.

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