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Collection Summary
Administrative Information
Scope and Contents Note
Historical Note
Access
Publication Rights
Arrangement Note
Container List
Project Files
Drawings
Photographs
Office Records

Martin Tierney Records

Collection Summary

Repository
University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections
Creator - Creator
Tierney, Martin
Title
Martin Tierney Records
ID
mss.533
Date
1975-2002
Extent
37.0 Linear feet
Location
Library Research Annex; contact uvmsc@uvm.edu for access.
Language
English
Abstract
Collection contains the architectural project files and drawings of Tierney's architectural company of Burlington, Vermont. The collection includes client correspondence, notes, billings, bills and receipts, schedules, estimates, change orders, court documents, grants, transmittals, contracts and agreements, codes, specifications, photographs, requisitions, drawings and plans, and other records.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item] Martin Tierney Records, Special Collections, University of Vermont Library.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections 2015-09-17 

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

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Historical Note

Martin S. Tierney (1941- ) was the founding principal of The Office of Martin S. Tierney (TOOMST), an architectural firm based in Burlington, Vermont. Following the reception of a degree in architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1971 and brief stints at a few different architectural firms, including Burlington Associates/Architects & Planners, Inc., Tierney opened his office in the summer of 1975. The firm specialized in historic preservation rehabilitation and restoration projects. Projects include work on numerous prominent historic structures in Vermont, such as the Richmond Old Round Church, Chittenden Mills, Union Station (part of the Main Street Landing Project), Winooski Block, Elley-Long Music Center, and Shelburne Farms’ Shelburne House, Breeding Barn, and Farm Barn. His design work in the conversion of the Shelburne House mansion into an inn was awarded the 1989 Presidential Citation for Historic Preservation. In addition to his architectural projects, Tierney served on the board of directors for the Preservation Trust of Vermont, the AIA Committee of Historic Resources, the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and as chair of the Capitol Complex Commission. The Office of Martin S. Tierney operated into the early 2000s, when Tierney retired.

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Scope and Contents Note

Collection contains the architectural records, drawings, photographs, and office files of The Office of Martin S. Tierney, based in Burlington, Vermont, from its inception in 1975 to 2002. Projects were primarily in Vermont and consist of historic public structures and private residences. Collection contents are organized into project files, office records, drawings, and photograph albums.

The approximately 12.92 linear feet of project files are arranged in alphabetical order by project title, if known, or building name or address. They consist of correspondence, memos, billings, requisitions, specifications, research materials, contracts, legal records, change orders, bid documents, reports, punch lists, and sketches. Contents document Tierney's project management, the design process, and communications with clients.

The 11 map-case drawers and 46 rolled drawings include design sketches and the construction drawings that represent the latest record of the project as built that are extant. These drawing document primarily the schematic design and design development stages, with construction drawings and as-builts present for larger, later projects or smaller private residences. There are also a number of historic plans in the collection.

4 photograph albums contain project images in a variety of mediums: prints, slides, negatives & proofs; these are arranged in alphabetical order by project title. Photographs document existing conditions, construction, and completed projects.

The approximately 2.5 linear feet of office records are arranged in alphabetical order and include legal records, project management records, proposals, news clippings, billings, reference materials, and the correspondence and meeting minutes of Tierney's affiliated professional organizations.

This collection is particular useful for documenting changes made to notable historic structures throughout Vermont. Tierney, in addition to architectural design projects, also completed a number of conservation assessments, village revilization plans, and feasibility studies, which may be of interest to researchers. The collection also contains a rich selection of articles and publications from the 1980s and 1990s on historic preservation, urban renewal, and containing sprawl. The architectural records in this collection vary greatly in breadth and are not complete--some projects are represented only through drawings or photographs, while others have only project files. Project files also vary greatly in organization: early projects (from the late 1970s to mid 1980s) have been assigned a project number and folders were arranged by subtitles, while later projects (from the late 1980s to early 2000s) were often identified by the client's name and/or building name. Contents have been arranged by the archivist in alphabetical order; however, larger projects consisted of numerous accordian folders and binders and their original order has been retained.

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Arrangement Note

Collection is processed.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Tierney, Martin

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