Clarence Hatzfeld Papers

Dates: Circa 1897-2013 (bulk 1910-1930)
Size: 1 linear foot, 1 oversize folder
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: C00070
Provenance: The collection was donated by Sandra Altman and her brother Steve Campbell, great grandchildren of Clarence Hatzfeld, in 2016. The material had largely been collected by their grandmother Beatrice, daughter of Clarence Hatzfeld.
Access: No restrictions. Researchers, please request this material 24 hours in advance of use.
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Clarence Hatzfeld Papers, [Box# and Folder#], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.
Processed by: Johanna Russ, 2017

Biographical Note

Clarence Hatzfeld was born in 1873 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His family moved to Chicago around 1880, and his father, Richard Hatzfeld became a successful businessman who owned drug stores around the city. Clarence studied architecture in Chicago and around 1899 became partners with Julius Huber. Beginning in the mid-1890s, Hatzfeld was a member of the Chicago Architectural Club where he met and exchanged ideas with a number of important architects working in the city.

In 1896, Hatzfeld married Laurette [Laura] Haentze. They had a daughter, Beatrice, in 1902. In 1918, they divorced, and Laura and Beatrice moved to California.

In 1901, Hatzfeld went to work for the Chicago Board of Education where he worked under such renowned architects as William B. Mundie and Dwight H. Perkins. While working for the Board of Education, Hatzfeld also opened his own private practice in 1902. In 1910, he resigned from the Board of Education and went into practice with colleague Arthur Knox, forming Hatzfeld & Knox, which operated for about five years. Hatzfeld continued on his own for about 25 years.

Hatzfeld designed a wide variety of buildings, beginning with residences. With commissions from his father- and brother-in-law who developed real estate, Hatzfeld designed approximately 20 homes for the Villa neighborhood in northwest Chicago. Hatzfeld also designed over two dozen park fieldhouses, beginning with Independence Park. Masonic temples also became a Hatzfeld specialty. He designed other businesses and apartment buildings, as well.

By the mid-1930s, the Great Depression took its toll, and Hatzfeld closed his private office and went to work directly for the Chicago Park District, managing a number of fieldhouses, including some he had designed. In 1939, mandatory retirement forced him to leave Chicago and take a job for the Federal Works Administration in Washington, D.C. It appears that in this capacity he did some work on the campus of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Clarence Hatzfeld died in 1943.

Scope and Content

This collection documents the life and work of Chicago-based architect Clarence Hatzfeld. It includes personal correspondence and photographs of Hatzfeld’s family, as well as photographs, renderings, architectural drawings, newspaper and magazine clippings and promotional brochures that cover his professional work.

Arrangement/Series Description

The collection is divided into two series.

Series 1: Personal Information

This series includes correspondence and photographs of Clarence Hatzfeld and his family members, especially his father Richard and daughter Beatrice. Of note is a small diary he used to write a long letter to his daughter, Bea, after he and his wife divorced and his daughter had moved with her mother to California.

Series 2: Architectural Projects

This series is broken into five subseries, each organized alphabetically: Subseries A: Banks; Subseries B: Chicago Park District Fieldhouses and Parks; Subseries C: Fraternal Order Temples; Subseries D: Residences; and Subseries E: Other buildings. Included here are photographs, renderings, architectural drawings, newspaper and magazine clippings, and promotional brochures on buildings Hatzfeld worked on in the Chicagoland area.

Subject Headings

  • Architects—Illinois—Chicago
  • Field houses—Illinois—Chicago
  • Masonic buildings
  • Parks--Illinois--Chicago

Related Materials

  • Chicago Park District Records: Drawings
  • Chicago Park District Records: Photographs
  • Neighborhood History Research Collection

Container List

Series 1: Personal Information

Box 1 Folder 1 Correspondence, newspaper clippings, certificates, 1901-1986
Box 1 Folder 2 Family photographs, circa 1900-1924, undated
Box 2   Diary to daughter Bea, 1926
Box 2   Framed display including photographs, clippings, cased photographs, and drawing pens, undated

Series 2: Architectural Projects

Subseries A: Banks

Box 1 Folder 3 Albany Park National Bank, 1920, undated
Box 1 Folder 4 Diversey Trust and Savings Bank, 1166 W. Diversey Parkway, undated
Box 1 Folder 5 East Side Trust and Savings Bank, undated
Box 1 Folder 6 Immel State Bank (in 2017, Michelle’s Ball Room), 2800 W Belmont Ave., undated
Box 1 Folder 7 Irving Park National Bank, undated
Box 1 Folder 8 Jefferson Park National Bank, 4786 N. Milwaukee Ave., undated
Box 1 Folder 9 Mayfair State Bank, 1926, undated
Box 1 Folder 10 Norwood Park Trust and Savings, 1924

Subseries B: Chicago Park District Fieldhouses and Parks

Box 1 Folder 11 Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison St., undated. [See also clipping in Kilbourn Park, Box 1, folder 22.]
Box 1 Folder 12 Avondale Park, 3516 W. School St., undated
Box 1 Folder 13 Brands Park, 3285 N. Elston Ave., undated
Box 1 Folder 14 Eugene Field Park, 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave., undated
Box 1 Folder 15 Garfield Park – Gold Dome Rotunda Art Museum Rehabilitation, 100 N. Central Park Dr., undated
Box 1 Folder 16 Gladstone Park, 5421 N. Menard Ave., undated
Box 1 Folder 17 Gompers Park, 4222 W. Foster Ave., undated
Box 1 Folder 18 Green Briar Park, 2650 W. Peterson Ave., undated
Box 1 Folder 19 Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield Ave., circa 1913
Box 1 Folder 20 Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W. Lunt Ave., circa 1929
Box 1 Folder 21 Jefferson Park, 4822 N. Long Ave., 1930
Box 1 Folder 22 Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave., undated
Box 1 Folder 23 Mayfair Park, 4550 W. Sunnyside Ave., undated
Box 1 Folder 24 Paul Revere Park, 2509 W. Irving Park Rd., undated
Box 1 Folder 25 Portage Park, 4100 N. Long Ave., undated
Box 1 Folder 26 River Park, 5100 N. Francisco Ave., undated
Box 1 Folder 27 Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale Ave., undated

Subseries C: Fraternal Order Temples

Box 1 Folder 28 Des Plaines Masonic Temple, undated
Box 1 Folder 29 Lawndale Masonic Temple, 3631 w. 23rd Ave., undated
Box 1 Folder 30 Logan Square Masonic Temple (in 2017 Armitage Baptist Church), 2451 N. Kedzie Ave., 1921, undated
Box 1 Folder 31 Metropolitan Masonic Temple, 3949 W. Wilcox St., undated
Box 1 Folder 32 South Chicago Masonic Temple, 2941 E. 91st St., 1920, undated
Box 1 Folder 33 South Side Masonic Temple, 6410 S. Green St., undated
Box 1 Folder 34 Whiting Masonic Temple, Whiting, Indiana, undated
Box 1 Folder 35 Wrights Grove Masonic Temple, Addison & Reta, undated

Subseries D: Residences

Box 1 Folder 36 Dirks Residence, Wilmette, Illinois, undated
Box 1 Folder 37 Villa neighborhood, Chicago, 1913, 2003, undated
Box 1 Folder 38 Wilcox Residence, Edgebrook, Illinois, undated

Subseries E: Other buildings

Box 1 Folder 39 Apartment building, 1157 W. Diversey Parkway, undated. Hatzfeld referred to these types of apartment as having a “powder puff” style.
Box 1 Folder 40 Charles Lange and Brothers Company – Buick salesroom, 2467 N. Milwaukee Ave., undated
Box 1 Folder 41 Charles Lange Brothers and Company Buick, 3162 N. Clark St., undated
Box 1 Folder 42 The Crawford Library, circa 1897
Box 1 Folder 43 Holy Apostles Church, W. Dakin St., undated
Box 1 Folder 44 Funeral Home (in 2017 the Charnel House), 3421 W. Fullerton Ave., undated
  Oversize Folder 1 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Ill. Revised sketch for grounds,
  Oversize Folder 1 Standard Tennis Court Detail
Box 1 Folder 45 Unidentified Hatzfeld buildings, 1925-1927, undated
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