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Guide to the Eleanor Horst interior decoration photographs and renderings, 1930s-1997, undated

Collection Overview

Kellen Design Archives
Creator - Designer
Horst, Eleanor, 1892-1995
Creator - Photographer
Lincoln, F. S.
Creator - Illustrator
Martin, Lyman
Eleanor Horst interior decoration photographs and renderings, 1930s-1997, undated
3.7 linear ft: 3 boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 2 folders
After graduating from the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons The New School for Design) in 1936, Eleanor Horst (1892-1995) led a long career as an interior decorator. The collection includes photographs and slides of Horst projects, as well as numerous renderings of Horst designs, several by fellow Parsons graduate Lyman Martin.

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Biographical note

Eleanor Golding Horst was born in 1892. She graduated from the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons The New School for Design) in 1936 and commenced a decorating career spanning over half a century. She served as a consultant for a magazine and had an office on East 53rd Street in New York to which she commuted from her home in Greenwich, Connecticut. She was active in professional organizations, including the Decorators' Club and the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Decorators. As late as 1974, when she was in her eighties, Horst supervised the redesign of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Greenwich. Eleanor Horst died in 1995 at the age of 102.

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Scope and Contents of Collection

The collection contains biographical materials, photographs, renderings and sketches documenting Eleanor Horst's decorating projects. Although the bulk of the collection features residential interiors, a church and an office are also represented. The collection contains no personal materials, business records, or student work. It is organized into three series by format.

Biographical materials include directory listings and a certificate from the American Institute of Interior Designers.

Photographs are primarily comprised of black and white prints, many glued onto matboard. The series also includes 35mm slides, stereo slides, color transparencies, and color snapshots documenting Eleanor Horst's decorating projects. The bulk of the photographic materials are unidentified by client or by date, although a number of prints feature photographers' stamps. Henry Fullerton and F.S. Lincoln are the most heavily represented. Identified clients include the Buchman, Kalmus [?], Notkin, Sarnoff, Stern, and Wilk families of New York City and Westchester. This series also includes slides depicting interior renderings that remain in the possession of Horst's granddaughter.

Renderings, drawings, and sketches includes graphic representations of residential interiors and furnishings designed by Eleanor Horst. Several watercolor renderings are signed by Lyman L. Martin, while a set of renderings titled, "lacquered furniture," are signed by Linsley Fillmore.


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Organization and Arrangement

Organized in 3 series:

  1. Biographical materials, 1970-1979
  2. Photographs, 1967-1997, undated
  3. Renderings, drawings, and sketches, between 1930s and 1995

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives September 15, 2010

66 5th Ave./
lobby level/
New York, NY, 10011

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the Kellen Design Archives. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Nancey H. Trowbridge, Eleanor Horst's daughter, 1997.

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Related Materials

The Kellen Design Archives holds the Lyman Martin interior decoration work and papers (KA.0031). The Fay S. Lincoln Photograph Collection (#HCLA MGN 182) at Pennsylvania State University includes photographs of dwellings designed by Eleanor Horst.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects


  • Photographs.
  • Renderings.
  • Sketches.
  • Slides (photographs).

Personal Name(s)

  • Fullerton, Henry S., 3rd, d. 2001


  • Furniture design -- United States -- 20th century -- Pictorial works.
  • Interior decoration -- United States -- 20th century -- Pictorial works.
  • Interior decorators.
  • Women interior decorators.
  • Women-owned business enterprises.

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Collection Inventory

Series I. Biographical materials 1970-1979 
Title Box Folder
General, 1971-1979  1 1
American Institute of Interior Designers certification, 1970  1 2

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Series II. Photographs 1967-1997, undated 
Title Box Folder
Unidentified black and white prints, undated  1 3-4
Unidentified matted prints, undated  OSx-1 1-2
Title Box Folder
Unidentified matted prints: Photographs by Henry Fullerton, undated  2 1-7
OSx-1 3
Unidentified matted prints: Photographs by F. S. Lincoln, before 1976  OSx-1 4
Buchman residence [Scarsdale, NY], circa 1937-1940  OSx-1 5-6

Photographs depict the residence of Dr. and Mrs. M. R. Buchman of Scarsdale, New York in the 1930s or 1940s.

Kalmus [?] and Stern residences, undated  2 8

Edgar and Joanne Stern. Kalmus is unidentified.

Notkins residence [New York, NY], circa 1938  OSx-2 5

Photographs depict the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Notkins of 225 East 74th Street in approximately 1938 or 1939.

Slade residence, 1968-1971  1 5-7

Includes color transparencies, black and white prints, and color snapshots. The prints are stamped, "Henry Fullerton 3rd" and "Alexandre Georges." Professional photographs may have been commissioned by Architectural Digest magazine.

Title Box Folder
Slides, 1968-1997 

Includes undidentified residential projects, framed interior renderings owned by the donor, and a church in Greenwich, CT designed by the Horst. Includes stereo slides and 35 mm slides.

1 8
Sarnoff residence, undated  2 9
[Wenner? residence] color prints and slides, circa 1967  1 9
Wilk apartment [New York, NY]  OSx-2 6

Photographs depict the New York apartment of Mrs. Jacob Wilk of 870 Fifth Avenue in the 1940s. The property was sold in 1979.

Wilk house [Scarsdale, NY] with captions, 1930s-1940s  1 10

Photographs depict the Scarsdale residence of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Wilk of 4 Fenimore Road before the property was sold in 1948. The photographs are stamped, "Lloyd D. Le Man."

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Series III. Renderings, drawings, and sketches between 1930s and 1995 
Drawings and sketches, undated 
Title Box Folder
Furniture  1 11

Majority of sketches were originally secured with brads in a small portfolio.

Floor [?] design  OSx-2 1
Interiors with captions  k_6 11
Renderings, undated 
Title Box Folder

Includes several watercolor renderings executed by Lyman L. Martin in the 1940s.

k_6 12, 18
k_OSxx-2 8
k_OSxxx-2 11
OSx-2 2-4
Lacquered furniture  k_6 13

Renderings by Linsley Fillmore based on Horst designs. The watercolor renderings are accompanied by typed captions.

Title Box Folder
Lacquered furniture: Dressing table skirts  1 13
OSx-2 1
Unidentified project  1 12

Now in separate pieces, this was once a single rendering.

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Collection guide Last Updated: 08/30/2012

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