Mart Stam collection
  • Mart Stam (creator)
  • Mart Stam (architect)
  • Ilse Bing (photographer)
  • Ella Bergmann-Michel (photographer)
  • Iwao Yamawaki (photographer)
  • Jan Kamman (photographer)

Mart Stam collection


1925-1932, 1972

Level of archival description:
Collection institutionnelle 6
Extent and medium:
  • 375 drawings (including 59 reprographic copies)
    136 photographic materials (including 2 albums)
    1 ephemera
Scope and content:
The Mart Stam collection documents the professional practice of architect Mart Stam between 1926 and 1932 in Europe, mainly in Germany and in the Netherlands. The collection includes documents related to 10 projects, mainly Mart Stam's work on the Hellerhof Housing Estate, Frankfurt am Main, Germany and the Budge Foundation Old People's Home, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The collection comprises drawings and photographs, predominantly photographs of Stam's work by German photographer Ilse Bing, as well as a portrait of Stam, and one exhibition poster.
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CCA staff and researchers arranged the materials into series and projects based on their research on Stam's work as an architect and designer.
Biographical notes:
Mart was born August 5, 1899 in Purmerend, Netherlands. He graduated from the Rijksnormaalschool voor Tekenonderwijs (State School for Draughtsmanship) in Amsterdam, in 1919. Between 1919 and 1922, he worked as draughtsman with the architects firm J. M. van der Mey in Amsterdam, then with the architects Granpré Molière, Verhagen and Kok in Rotterdam. During that time, his first major achievement was in 1920 with the competition design for a town planning project in south-west The Hague. In 1923, he co-founded the magazine "ABC Beitrage zum Bauen" with Hans Schmidt and Emil Roth in Zurich. By 1928, Stam had established himself in Frankfurt, Germany, and designed the Budge Foundation Old People's Home and the Hellerhof Housing Estate between 1929 and 1931. During the war, in 1943, he collaborated with other architects on the reconstruction plans for Rotterdam. Post-war, Stam returned to Germany and participated in reconstruction projects, including an unrealized plan for the reconstruction of the old town centre Dresden in 1948. Between 1950 and 1952, he was director of the Kungsthochschule für bildende und angewandte Künste (Academy for fine and Applied Arts) in Dresden, Germany. In 1953, Stam returned to practice in Amsterdam before retiring in 1966. He died in 1986 in Zurich, Switzerland.
Conditions governing access:
  • Open for use by qualified researchers. Access by appointment only.
Conditions governing reproduction:
  • For copyright information or permission to reproduce material from the collection, please contact the CCA (reproductions@cca.qc.ca).
Credit line:
Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
Language of material:
  • Dutch
  • German

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