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COLLECTION Identifier: DES-2018-0003-15420111600

Cossutta, Araldo, 1925-2017. Papers of Araldo Cossutta

Scope and Contents

Original architectural drawings, photographs, and job files of architectural projects designed by Araldo Cossutta during his tenure in the architectural firm I.M. Pei and Partners: Christian Science Center in Boston (1973), Tour du Credit Lyonnais in Lyon, France (1977), Long Wharf Marriott in Boston (1982). His papers also include his own 63 acre vacation compound in Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod.


  • 1963-2015
  • Majority of material found within 1963-1982

Language of Materials

Most materials are in English. Also includes French, Japanese.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


57 linear feet (41 tubes, 11 boxes (cartons), 3 flat boxes, 1 flip-top box; (collection))

Biographical / Historical

Araldo Alfred Cossutta (1925-2017) was an associate, and ultimately a partner architect at I.M. Pei and Partners, where he worked for seventeen years. He was responsible for some of the firm’s best-known designs, including three that have received “landmark” designations (including CSCC, drawings of which are comprised in this collection). In 1973, he and Vincent Ponte left the firm to form Cossutta and Ponte Planners, which ultimately became Cossutta and Associates. He studied at the University of Belgrade, the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France, and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


The Papers of Araldo Cossutta are arranged as follows:

Series A: Christian Science Church Center with the subseries Architectural Drawings A001, Job Files A002, Photographs and Slides A003, and Clippings and Publications A004.

Series B: Martha's Vineyard with the subseries Architectural Drawings B001, Job Files B002, and Photographs and Slides B003.

Series C: Tour Crédit Lyonnais with the subseries Architectural Drawings C001, Job Files C002, Photographs and Slides C003, and Clippings and Publications C004.

Series D: Long Wharf Hotel in Boston with the subseries Architectural Drawings D001, Job Files D002, and Photographs and Slides D003.

Series E: Miscellaneous Slides and Photographs.

Series F: Miscellaneous Sketches and Other Materials.


Gift of the Estate of Araldo Cossutta, 2018.

Processed by

Betzabe Valdes Lopez

Papers of Araldo Cossutta
An Inventory of the Holdings at the Frances Loeb Library
Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Frances Loeb Library Repository

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