Sollitt Construction Company Architectural Records Collection
Scope and Contents
The collection contains 358 architectural working drawings and two sets of specifications for 11 buildings from the Sollitt Construction Co. of South Bend, Indiana, from 1923-85.
A variety of building types are represented: an apartment building, a retirement home, a government center, a church, a bank, a Masonic temple, a U.S. post office, two schools, and two industrial buildings. Most of the buildings are in northern Indiana (Elkhart, Ft. Wayne, Goshen, Marion) but projects in Anderson, Indianapolis, and Terre Haute are also included.
Sollitt Construction Co. presumably acted as a contractor for all of the projects and designed four of them. Other designs are by K. M. Vitzthum and J. J. Burns, Austin & Shambleau, Hubert Miller, W. E. Russ, Guy Mahurin, Johnson Ritchhart & Assoc. with D. L. Collins, Smith-Voorhees-Jensen Assoc., and Sherbondy Associates.
The collection contains only a fraction of the firm's work. It consists of selections made in 1994 from a much larger body of Sollitt Company records--several hundred cubic feet, mostly drawings--stored temporarily in the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend. Most of the drawings were for large institutional and industrial commissions: schools, wastewater treatment plants, oil refineries, factories, and factory additions. About half were Indiana commissions. The other half were in neighboring states: Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky.
- Creation: 1923 - 1985
- Sollitt Construction Company (South Bend, Ind.) (Contractor, Organization)
Language of Materials
Materials entirely in English.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Drawings and Documents Archive, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Drawings and Documents Archive.
Sollitt Construction Company was founded in South Bend, Indiana, by Ralph Shannon Sollitt ca. 1920. Ralph Sollitt's father and grandfather had been successful general building contractors in Chicago, Illinois. Ralph Sollitt was the vice president and general manager of the South Bend branch of the family business. The firm received many important commissions over the following decades but went out of business ca. 1993. As of 2012, the George Sollitt Construction Company, based in Chicago, is still in operation.
12.3 Cubic Feet (2 flat file drawers, 1 roll oversized drawings, 1 legal-size manuscript box)
The Sollitt Construction Company Architectural Records are arranged chronologically.
The Sollitt Construction Company Architectural Records were received by Drawings and Documents Archive as a donation from the Studebaker National Museum on 1994/2/3.
No additions are expected.
Collection processing completed. Finding aid created 1990/7/13 by Andrew R. Seager; revised 2011/11/1 by Julie Edwards; revised 2012/2/17 by Carol Street.
Genre / Form
Style / Period
- Architecture, commercial
- Architecture--Indiana--Fort Wayne
- Architecture--Indiana--Terre Haute
- Bank buildings
- Church buildings
- Government buildings
- Industrial buildings
- Masonic buildings
- Sollitt Construction Company Architectural Records
- Created by Andrew R. Seager; revised by Julie Edwards in 2011 and by Carol Street in 2012.
- Created 1990/7/13; revised 2011/11/1, 2012/2/17.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script
- Language of description note
Part of the Andrew Seager Archives of the Built Environment Repository
Architecture Building, Room 120
Muncie IN 47306 USA