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M-412: W. Philip Cotton St. Louis Architect Papers

Repository: St. Louis Mercantile Library Special Collections

Title: W. Philip Cotton St. Louis Architect Papers


  • Cotton, W. Philip

Date: 1940s - 1960s

Extent: 0.5 cubic feet

Location note: Archives

Language: English 

Abstract: Papers of St. Louis architect W. Philip Cotton.

Biographical note: 

Mr. Cotton was a part of the group of architects, historians, and planners that created Heritage/St. Louis, a group that documented buildings and guided preservation efforts, where he served as the organization's executive director.

His projects include Mark Twain's Boyhood Home in Hannibal, Mo., the waterfront in Historic St. Charles, the Collins House in Collinsville, the Gittemeier House in Florissant, the Saline (Mo.) County Courthouse and structures at the Missouri Botanical Garden and Tower Grove Park. He also prepared the "statement of significance" for the nomination of the Wainwright Building to the National Register of Historic Places. It was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1968.<

Source: The Beacon. https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/21444/w._philip_cotton_jr._architect_historic_preservationist

Scope and Content note: One box of materials created by W. Philip Cotton, St. Louis area architect. The materials include drawings, plans, musings, correspondence, and other related works on architecture. Also included is a binder filled with notes on European architecture, mostly religious in nature.

Controlled Access Headings:


  • Architecture
  • Buildings
  • Religious architecture

Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is open for research. 

Conditions Governing Use note

Access Restrictions: Some of the material in this collection may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition and the judgment of Library staff. Library staff members reserve the right to deny reproduction services for any reason at any time.

Copyright Information: The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Fee Services: Fees associated with staff research time, cost recovery in reproductions processing time and materials, and licensing may apply.

Preferred Citation noteThe preferred citation for this collection is "From the collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at UM - St. Louis."