In the 1980s, a book dealer in Marblehead, MA refereed me to the widow of Architect Walter Scott Brodie. I purchased many of the office drawings and professional materials even though much of the material did not fit into my area of interest. This was not about money but being concerned that some of this material might not be saved. So now I am sorting through a great deal of material like this seeking out new caretakers. At time I gave a very large color rendering of a North Shore school to the principal I knew. I gave a print to Governor Dummer at the time. I kept the rest and have been slowly offering this material privately or on eBay.
Recently a piece sold to a gentleman in France. This caught my curiosity so I sent him an email asking why he purchased the drawing. This was his reply:
I’m sorry for coming back to you so late.
Thx for accepting the offer.
Let me give you the answer to your question.
My father was an architect.
I’m passionate of the 1950’s architecture and I collect all the originals architects drawing of this epoque.
I now posses about 30 rendering from different states in America and I hope one day to be able to hold an exhibition on these beautiful pieces and the amazing skill of these architects who were drawing with their own hands.
Hope that will helps.
I think that Mr. Brodie, even though I never knew him, would be very pleased to know one of his original drawings is in a private collection in France.
BELOW IS THE LISTINGS FOR THE PIECE DESCRIBED:
This is an original pencil on board by Walter Scott Brodie signed with a “B” on the right side. He was a partner of Killham Hopkins Greeley & Hopkins Architects. This particular rendering was for the Proposed Claypit Hill Elementary School Wayland Massachusetts about 1960. This came to me many years ago from the estate of Architect Walter Scott Brodie.
SIZE: 21 3/4″ x 9 5/8″
CONDITION: excellent for its age. Done on rigid artist board in pencil. Please see photos
From Wikipedia: Kilham & Hopkins was an architectural firm in Boston, Massachusetts formed in 1899 or 1900 by its founding members, Walter Harrington Kilham (August 30, 1868 – September 11, 1948) and James Cleveland Hopkins (December 25, 1873 – 1938). The firm later became Kilham, Hopkins & Greeley after William Roger Greeley (May 12, 1881 – October 1966) joined the firm in 1916, and Kilham Hopkins Greeley and Brodie after Walter S. (Steve) Brodie (October 26, 1911 – January 1985) joined the firm in 1945.
The firm has been recognized for its contributions to early 20th century reform housing, including its work at the Atlantic Heights Development in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, at the Woodbourne Historic District in the Forest Hills section of the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, and for the Naumkeag Steam Cotton Company in the Salem Point Neighborhood of Salem, Massachusetts. A number of the firm’s works, including Blithewold and Hose House No. 2, have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL LISTED
Original Architect Walter Scott Brodie Design Drawings in pencil on Mylar, two prints, page from magazine House and Home and four Kodak photos
Dated Nov. 1973 and signed by architect. The two prints are black line taken from original Mylars by architect at the time of design. There is one page taken by the architect from the magazine showing the kitchen. These would have been used as the design drawings for a client’s proposed kitchen renovation. Existing kitchen arrangement on drawings have four Kodak photos for documentation.
This are the finished design drawings probably prepared for the final approval of the client before preparing the construction documents.
SIZE: 8 1/2″ x 13″
CONDITION: very good. There is a slight bend – crease on the left side of the Mylar.
These material came from the estate of Architect Walter Scott Brodie of Marblehead MA, who was a partner in the Boston Architectural Firm of Kilham, Hopkins, Greeley and Brodie of Boston MA. The firm was known for their work on public and private schools in the Boston area from 1940s to 1960s.
January 12, 2015
THE FOLLOWING TOUCHING COMMENTS ARRIVED ON Feb 4 2015. I CALLED AND TALKED TO ROBERTa AT LENGTH.
I’m a friend of W.S.Brodie’s daughter who was born in 1949. She has early onset dementia and has been talking a lot about her past, so I looked her dad’s name up and found you. She has a few watercolors he had done which are all nautical, but we found the drawings and story interesting. Thank you, Roberta
William Roger Greeley was my grandfather. I wonder if you have any of his drawings ?
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