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Subseries 1. Frick Building General Material, 1901-1928

Scope and Content Notes:

The records in this subseries pertain to the Frick Building and Annex and include agreements, surveys, indexes, reports, and court cases. There are also newspaper clippings, directories, memorandum, and correspondence although some correspondence in this subseries reference the Carnegie Building as well. A tenant from the Frick Building wrote a letter on June 16, 1902, “We beg leave to call your attention to the smoke from the Carnegie Building which comes into our offices when the wind is blowing this way; sometimes it is almost unbearable.” Indeed the smoke was awful to the tenants, but also to the workmen finishing the building. An outgoing letter dated June 26, 1902 (in copybooks) from D.H. Burnham & Company to William A. Carr states, “It will be impossible for us to proceed with the decoration of the Club Story until the smoke from the Carnegie Building has been stopped. The soot and dirt from this stack will mix with the moist colors and will give us a clouded effect….” The nuisance stopped when the smoke stack was extended. Material pertaining to the extension of the smoke stack includes correspondence, an agreement, and a blueprint.

The majority of the reports are comprised of elevator examination and inspection matters. Elevators were generally inspected by the Employers’ Liability Assurance Corporation, Limited and date from to 1913 to 1928. Other records in this subseries relate to connecting of the Frick Building to the Annex. These materials include an ordinance for bridges connecting the Frick Building to the Frick Building Annex. Additional correspondence, ordinances, and bridge construction agreements between Frick and Lucy Carnegie (Thomas Carnegie’s wife) relating to a connection from the Carnegie Building to the Frick Building Annex. The materials in this subseries date from 1901 to 1928.


Box 144
Folder 1 Frick Building Fly-Wheel Inspection Report, November 15, 1913-September 5, 1917
Folder 2 Frick Building Boiler Examination, April 15, 1914-October 20, 1916
Folder 3 Frick Building Boiler Inspection, September 13-November 20, 1913
Folder 4 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, April 15, 1913-February 21, 1914
Folder 5 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, April 21, 1914-March 6, 1915
Folder 6 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, April 10, 1915-August 9, 1916
Folder 7 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, October 7-November 2, 1916
Folder 8 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, November 6-December 11, 1916
Folder 9 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, December 12, 1916-March 16, 1917
Folder 10 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, April 5-June 4, 1917
Folder 11 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, July 2-July 18, 1917
Folder 12 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, July 23-October 27, 1917
Folder 13 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, December 10, 1917-February 19, 1918
Folder 14 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, April 15-July 15, 1918
Folder 15 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, July 20-October 19, 1918
Folder 16 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, October 24-December 3, 1918
Folder 17 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, January 6, 1919
Folder 18 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, April 7-July 15, 1919
Folder 19 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, July 17-December 13, 1919
Folder 20 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, April 6-October 7, 1920
Folder 21 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, October 29, 1920-November 12, 1921
Folder 22 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, January 6-April 20, 1922
Folder 23 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, April 7, 1921-April 5, 1923
Folder 24 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, July 8, 1921-January 6, 1923
Folder 25 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, July 13, uly 11923-January 8, 1924
Folder 26 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, April 8, 1924-February 5, 1925
Folder 27 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, April 13, 1925-October 8, 1926
Folder 28 Frick Building Elevator Inspection, October 13, 1926-January 21, 1928
Folder 29 Frick Building Elevator, August 10, 1915-August 3, 1916
Folder 30 Frick Building Elevator, August 7-August 21, 1916

Box 145
Folder 1 Frick Building Elevator, August 25-October 7, 1916
Folder 2 Frick Building Elevator, October 14, 1916-July 12, 1917
Folder 3 Otis Elevator Company, June 13, 1912, March 17, 1913, September 28, 1916
Folder 4 Herring-Hall-Marvin Safe Company, May 13, 1902-June 6, 1906
Folder 5 Safe Deposit Dept. Memoranda, November 23, 1901
Folder 6 Union Savings Bank Calendar, 1904
Folder 7 Cherry Way and Penn Ave. Widening, October 27-November 15, 1921, undated
Folder 8 Cherry Way and Penn Ave. Widening Clippings, November 3-4, 1921, undated
Folder 9 Frick Building Fire Memo, June 30, 1915
Folder 10 Description of Club Rooms, undated
Folder 11 Frick Building Valuation, January 28, 1908
Folder 12 Analysis of Well Water at Frick Building, January 2, 1902, August 4, 1903
Folder 13 List for City Directory, 1912
Folder 14 Frick Building Article, May 31, 1902
Folder 15 E.R. Graham’s Notes, February 28, 1903
Folder 16 Copy of Frick Building Work Form, undated
Folder 17 Clippings regarding Crucible Steel Company, October 22, 1903, undated
Folder 18 List of Inspection Dates, undated
Folder 19 Bank Envelopes for Lawrence Henke, 1913-1915
Folder 20 Agreement, Additional Bridges, January 15-April 15, 1937
Folder 21 Place, Clyde R., November 1, 1917-August 28, 1918
Folder 22 Survey of Fireproof Building, October 20, 1911
Folder 23 Papers Relative to Insurance, January 4, 1905-January 28, 1908
Folder 24 Report on Mechanical Dept., May 14, 1903
Folder 25 Finola Manufacturing Company, February 11, 1918, February 19, 1918
Folder 26 Regarding B.J. Foley vs. H.C. Frick, March 18, 1901-January 4, 1904
Folder 27 Carnegie Building Smoke Stack Extension, Agreement, January 31, 1902-March 12, 1902, undated
Folder 28 Bridge Connecting Frick and Annex Buildings, Ordinance, December 27, 1905
Folder 29 Bridge Connecting Carnegie and Annex Buildings, December 27, 1905-April 11, 1916
Folder 30 Clippings on Skyscrapers, April 3, 1904, March 18, 1905, undated
Folder 31 The Engineer, “Power Plant of The Frick Building,” July 1, 1902

Box 146
Folder 1 Kaufmann Building Air Exhaust Pipe Extension, November 8, 1908-June 9, 1914
Folder 2 Kaufmann Excavation, June 27-August 11, 1903, undated
Folder 3 Allegheny County Steam Heating Company, January 5, 1917-October 31, 1921
Folder 4 Record Book, Index to Blue Prints, undated
Folder 5 Record Book, Index to Folders, undated
Folder 6 Record Book, Frick Building, Annex, and Highland Building Index, 1901-1911
Folder 7 Hollar Lock Inspection Company, Key Pocket Books, August 7, 1902
Folder 8 Duquesne Light Company, Contract Matters, July 16, 1915-June 10, 1916
Folder 9 Duquesne Light Company, Contract Matters, June 23, 1916-January 2, 1920
Folder 10 Duquesne Light Company, Contract Matters, 1913-1933
Folder 11 Duquesne Light Company, Contract Matters, undated
Folder 12 Proposition for Furnishing Hot Water Heater, October 16, 1916
Folder 13 Reports of R.C. Blumenstein on Frick Building, March 24-June 16, 1919
Folder 14 Frick Building Estimated Cost of New Work, undated

Box 147
Folder 1 Water Filters, December 1, 1916
Folder 2 Index to Bookcase, December 20, 1904
Folder 3 Farrell, Patrick, March 1, 1906
Folder 4 McElroy, Martha M., April 10, 1902
Folder 5 Kenney Vacuum Air Sweeping System, August 13-September 10, 1903, undated
Folder 6 Fidelity and Casualty Company, April 26-November 17, 1913
Folder 7 Frick Building Repair Work, December 1-28, 1917
Folder 8 Kinch, Mr. J. Z., April 12, 1913, October 23, 1913, January 27, 1915
Folder 9 Liability Policy, March 15, 1903
Folder 10 Frick Building Power Plant Sale to Duquesne Light, June 6, 1917
Folder 11 Cleaning and Pest Control, October 10, 1914
Folder 12 Memorandum, January 26, 1915, January 15, 1926, undated
Folder 13 Kinch, Mr. D. B., March 14, 1905-February 1, 1913
Folder 14 Clippings, May 30, 1902, December 26, 1902, June 27, 1905
Folder 15 Clippings, undated
Folder 16 Drawings, undated
Folder 17 Misc. Notes, 1902
Folder 18-19 Misc. Notes, 1903
Folder 20 Misc. Notes, 1904
Folder 21 Misc. Notes, 1905-1919, 1951-1962
Folder 22-26 Misc. Notes, undated
Folder 27 Annex Photographs, January 5, 1940, undated
Folder 28 Annex Photograph, June 13, 1905
Folder 29 Invitation for Pittsburgh’s 150 Celebration, undated
Folder 30 Frick Building Directory, June 11, 1903
Folder 31 Frick Building Directory, 1904

Box 148
Folder 1 Frick Building Directory, October 4, 1904-April 1, 1908
Folder 2 Frick Building Annex Directory, April 1906-April 1, 1908

Box 149
Folder 1 Frick’s Office Furniture Drawings, April 14, 1902