At a Glance


Explore early 20th century architecture and interior design with this expansive photo gallery.

American Memory, Library of Congress

Architecture and Interior Design for America: 1935-1955

Photo, Charles E.F. McCann residence, Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, LoC

A photo archive of more than 29,000 images, produced by architectural photographers Samuel Gottscho and William Schleisner. Gottscho and Schleisner were commissioned to document the work of architects, sculptors, and artists for individuals and institutional clients, such as House Beautiful and House and Garden magazines. The collection specializes in views taken primarily in the northeastern United States--many in the New York City area--and in Florida. Subjects include homes, stores, offices, factories, and historic buildings. Also of note are 100 color images of the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair. As the introductory text points out, the assembled group of photographs can "serve as a document of social change from a particular vantage point of the middle and upper classes of society."