"The Jeanneret fonds contribute brilliantly to the richness and interconnectivity of 20th century architecture, urban and landscape design, adding to the significant body of primary texts and documents which may be studied at the CCA." – Phyllis Lambert, Founding Director and Chair of the Board of Trustees
"The increasing level of donations of modern and contemporary archives to the CCA and their curatorial interpretation is extremely important." – Mirko Zardini, Director and Chief Curator
The advent of architectural modernity in relation to urbanization is a significant focus of the CCA Collection. The addition of the personal archives of Swiss born architect Pierre Jeanneret (1896-1967), pertaining to his work on Chandigarh, India between 1951 and 1965, is a remarkable addition to these holdings. The archives will be catalogued and a selection digitized for online access.
The gift of the Pierre Jeanneret archive enriches the Collection’s holdings of archival documents, drawings, and photographs from the “heroic” period of modern architecture, which includes work from the studios of Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ernest Cormier.
In the early 1950s, the planned city of Chandigarh, which Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru of India hoped would give the state of Punjab a modern capital, was based upon a set of unique conditions for a major new urban undertaking. Charles Edouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier) produced the master plan, working with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret and a group of local and international collaborators who explored first principles and new ideas in their plans for zones within the sectoral grid. They designed public buildings, residential areas, and parks that continue to capture the attention of researchers, planners, and architects concerned with the history of ideas about the city.
The Pierre Jeanneret archives comprise nearly 8 linear meters of documents, furthers our understanding of the design and construction of the new city of Chandigarh, and better situates our understanding of this major achievement, both within the context of other urban creations in India, on the Indian subcontinent, and elsewhere in the world during the same era.
The Pierre Jeanneret archives are the gift of the architect’s niece Jacqueline Jeanneret.