Post contributed by Liz Bell
What do the Grand Ole Opry, Duke Chapel, Palace of Fine Arts, and the Playboy Hotel have in common? They were all photographed by internationally known architectural photographer Gordon H. Schenck, Junior. Included in this extensive collection of Schenck’s photographs are residences, schools, malls, banks, historic structures, university campuses, churches, business campuses, and civic centers. Most of the photographs were taken across the southern United States, with a particular focus on North and South Carolina, especially the Charlotte metropolitan area. Schenck also photographed buildings in California, New York, Minnesota, Louisiana, Germany and Malawi. The majority of the photos are dated from 1960 through 2000. The collection is comprised primarily of photographic negatives; however, photographs, slides, and magazines featuring Schenck’s work are also present.
Schenck photographed nearly every Belk Department Store and Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company building, and his work appeared in magazines such as Progressive Architecture, Better Homes and Gardens, and Southern Living. His photographs of historic buildings are also included in the Historic American Building Survey. Architectural history, photography, and the urban landscape of Charlotte and other North Carolina cities are just a few of the potential topics to be explored. For more information, please consult the collection guide or use our webform to request materials.