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Ferrari Hardoy, Jorge, 1914-1977. The Ferrari Hardoy Archive: An Inventory.

Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Harvard Design School


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Last update 2016 June 10

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Call No.: DES.1995.0001.007823498
Title: The Ferrari Hardoy Archive.
Date(s): 1914-1977
Creator: Ferrari Hardoy, Jorge
Quantity: 35 linear feet
Quantity: Extent is approximate
Abstract: The Ferrari Hardoy Archive includes drawings, plans, competition entries, manuscripts, correspondence and research materials related to Jorge Ferrari Hardoy’s work as a designer, architect and city planner.

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Processed by Ines Zalduendo

Acquisition Information:

Immediate source of acquisition: The Ferrari Hardoy Archive was a gift of the Ferrari Hardoy family to the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.

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Jorge Ferrari Hardoy was born in Buenos Aires in 1914. He received his degree in architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1939. He had lived the previous year in Paris, where he worked with Le Corbusier in the development of the Plan Director para Buenos Aires. On his return to Buenos Aires he became an active participant in the creation of CIAM Argentina and Grupo Austral. He is probably best known internationally for his BKF chair, designed together with Juan Kurchan and Antonio Bonet in 1939. Ferrari Hardoy remained active as a designer, architect, and city planner until his death. He died in Buenos Aires in 1977.

Scope and Content

Jorge Ferrari Hardoy’s papers span approximately forty years: from his student years in the 1930’s to the mid-1970’s. There are substantial files related to CIAM Argentina and Grupo Austral, the forums for the discussion of modern architecture in Argentina during the late 1940’s. There are also files related to city planning work done for Buenos Aires by the municipal planning office chaired by Ferrari Hardoy between 1947 and 1949, the Estudio del Plan de Buenos Aires (EPBA). The collection includes a series with significant original material on the Plan Director para Buenos Aires developed in partnership with Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Juan Kurchan, and material on the BKF chair among the project files. These also include architectural projects - among them the Los Eucaliptus project - and city planning records, in particular proposals for the cities of Necochea, Mendoza, and San Juan - the latter considered the first regional master plan in Argentina. Among the typescripts is the proposal for the reorganization of the Universidad del Litoral in Argentina.


The Ferrari Hardoy Archive is arranged into eleven series: Series A (CIAM Argentina Files), Series B (Grupo Austral Files), Series C (Estudio del Plan de Buenos Aires (EPBA) Files), Series D (Project Files: Plans and Drawings), Series E (Correspondence), Series F (Plan Director para Buenos Aires), Series G (Photographs and Negatives), Series H (Newspapers and Journal Clippings), Series J (Lectures, Articles, and Publications), Series K (Memorabilia and Personal), Series L (Miscellaneous: Exhibition Materials, printed Materials and Other).

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