creation of the archive
Inaugurated in October 2017, the Lucy and Olivio Ferrari Archive on the first floor of Cowgill Hall holds more than 1,000 items donated by Faculty Emerita Lucy Ferrari and her late husband, architect and Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus Olivio Ferrari. The items, ranging from the Ferraris’ original designs, paintings, sculptures, weavings, notes, and chair prototypes to photographs and student works, represent the critical role the couple played in establishing Virginia Tech’s Architecture program over 52 years ago, an impact still felt in its teaching. The archive also includes an extensive collection of books on art, architecture, and design donated by Archive Curator Prof. Frank Weiner and his wife, Lynn Eichhorn.
The Ferrari Archive will be open and available for use by students and faculty at the following times during the spring semester 2020 with these new hours:
- Monday and Friday 9:30am-noon
- Tuesday and Thursday 7pm-9:30pm
Arrangements can be made for access to the Archive at other times.
Please note the archive collection is still a work in progress but there are over 1,000 artifacts/documents of the didactic and creative work of Lucy and Olivio Ferrari in the long red cabinet to study. There are also approximately 1,700 books on architecture + design and a special collection of rare children’s books. Many of the children’s books have movable pieces and need to be handled with care. All archive materials are to remain in the archive.
Please do not bring any food or drink into the archive. It would be most helpful if you could place any materials you may want to study back in the drawers or book shelves where you originally found them.