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Northeastern University Preserves African American Architecture and Urban Planning Firm's Historical Records

Sunday, August 1, 2010
Archives and Special Collections Department
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Archives and Special Collections

Northeastern University Preserves African American Architecture and Urban Planning Firm's Historical Records

David Lee (left) and Don Stull in front of the MBTA's Ruggles Station, ca. 1987. Photograph courtesy of Lou Jones.

Founded in 1967, the firm's work includes the design of educational, health care and correctional facilities; highway infrastructure, transit station and related facilities; housing development and a variety of large scale urban planning commissions nationwide. Locally, Stull and Lee designed United South End Settlements on the corner of Massachusetts and Columbus avenues, South Station, and Northeastern's John D. O'Bryant African American Institute to name just a few. The firm's work has frequently been cited for design excellence, including the prestigious Presidential Design Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts, and numerous awards presented by the American Institute of Architects, and its Boston and New England affiliates. In 1999 Stull and Lee was co-recipient of the coveted Harleston Parker Gold Medal awarded annually for the most significant building built in Boston. The Projects of Stull and Lee have appeared in national and international publications that include Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, Architecture, Urban Design Magazine, Metropolitan Home, Newsweek, AU (Japan), Baumeister (Germany), and L'Industria Delle Construzioni (Italy).

The collection, which encompasses several hundred linear feet, includes original architectural drawings, project files, and photographs and slides, dating from 1967 through 2000.

The Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections Department is open for research Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For a list of the Department's special collections, view the Manuscript Collections online.

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