Lorch, Emil, 1870-1963

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Dean of the College of Architecture and Design at University of Michigan.

From the description of Emil Lorch papers, 1891-1963. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34422357

Emil Lorch was born in Detroit of German-American parentage on July 21, 1870. He attended schools in Detroit, including the Detroit Museum of Art School, then went to work for the city's architectural offices. He next studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1890-1892, then returned to Detroit where he worked and was active in art and museum circles, especially the Detroit School of Art where he taught from 1895 to 1898. He studied in Paris, 1898-1899, and then went to Chicago as general assistant to the director of the Chicago Art Institute, 1899-1901. He was also secretary of the Chicago School of Architecture.

Lorch next attended Harvard University, 1901-1903, where he obtained his M.A. degree in architecture. From 1903 to 1906 he was assistant professor of architecture at Drexel Institute in Philadelphia. In the fall of 1906 he came to the University of Michigan to establish a department of architecture in the College of Engineering. Under his leadership, the department in 1931 was re-established as a separate College of Architecture within the university with Lorch appointed as its first dean.

Lorch was both a teacher and a practicing architect. He designed the Architecture Building at the University of Michigan, the Belle Isle Bridge in Detroit, and the residence of Alex Dow in Barton Hills. He was also professionally involved. Lorch served on the Committee on Education of the American Institute of Architects and was active in the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the Michigan Society of Architects. During his career, Lorch corresponded with all the leading figures in academic architectural education, including Roy Jones, Warren P. Laird., and J. B. Robinson. He also was a leading figure in the movement for licensing architects in Michigan, 1915-1917, and served nationally in this movement through the 1930s via the A.I.A.'s Committee on Registration.

After his retirement from the university in July 1940, Lorch devoted himself almost entirely to preserving Michigan's historic buildings. This interest had been fired originally by the Historic American Buildings Survey of the 1930s on whose advisory committee he served and whose records (Midwest District) form a part of this collection. He was active in the restoration projects of Mackinac Island and other early Michigan forts; and he cataloged and collected information and pictures about hundreds of historic and contemporary Michigan structures.

Lorch died June 20, 1963.

From the guide to the Emil Lorch Papers, 1891-1963, (Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn University of Michigan. A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning. A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning (University of Michigan) photograph series. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn University of Michigan. College of Architecture and Urban Planning. College of Architecture and Urban Planning (University of Michigan) papers, 1924-1980, bulk 1930-1980. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Wells Ira Bennett Papers, 1916-1965 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Fitzgerald, Frank D. (Frank Dwight), 1885-1939. Frank Dwight Fitzgerald papers, 1928-1944. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Murfin, James O. (James Orin), 1875-1940. James Orin Murfin papers, 1896-1940. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Margaret Bayne Price Papers, 1918-1969, 1947-1968 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn William L. Clements papers, 1920-1933 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Ann Arbor Chamber Music Society (Mich.). Ann Arbor Chamber Music Society records, 1920-1956. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Frank Dwight Fitzgerald papers, 1928-1944, 1930-1939 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Chase S. Osborn Papers, ca. 1870-1949, 1889-1949 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Koch, Theodore Wesley, 1871-1941. Theodore Wesley Koch papers, 1894-1941. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Louis H. Sullivan architectural drawings, 1875-1922 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Clarence Cook Little papers, 1924-1929 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn George W. Pray Papers, 1844-1890 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Charles Moore papers, 1901-1940 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Lorch, Emil, 1870-1963. [Maps collected by Emil Lorch]. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Clements, William L. (William Lawrence), 1861-1934. William Lawrence Clements papers, 1920-1933. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Chamber Music Society of Ann Arbor. Chamber Music Society of Ann Arbor records, 1920-1956. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn College of Architecture and Urban Planning (University of Michigan) student publications, 1824-1980 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Bennett, Wells Ira, 1888-. Wells I. Bennett papers, 1916-1965. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Theodore Wesley Koch Papers, 1894-1941 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Correspondence, 1860-1979. Houghton Library.
referencedIn James Orin Murfin papers, 1896-1940 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Lorch, Emil, 1870-1963. Emil Lorch papers, 1891-1963. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Alexander G. Ruthven Papers, 1901-1961, 1906-1951 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning (University of Michigan), records, 1878-2010 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn University of Michigan. College of Architecture and Urban Planning. College of Architecture and Urban Planning (University of Michigan) student papers, 1924-1980 (bulk 1930-1980). University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Cranbrook Foundation. Cranbrook Foundation records, 1912-1960. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Burton, Marion Le Roy, 1874-1925. Marion LeRoy Burton papers, 1895-1925. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Cooley, Mortimer E. (Mortimer Elwyn), 1855-1944. Mortimer E. Cooley papers, 1873-1944. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Marion L. Burton Papers, 1895-1925, 1921-1925 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Moore, Charles, 1855-1942. Charles Moore papers, 1889-1940. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Emil Lorch Papers, 1891-1963 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf University of Michigan. Letters, 1928-1969, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Shirley Wheeler Smith Papers, 1881-1959 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
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associatedWith Wallenberg, Raoul. person
associatedWith Warren, Herbert Langford, 1857-1917 person
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associatedWith Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959 person
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