Richard Perrin Collection, circa 1950-1970


Richard W. E. Perrin (1909-1990) was an architect and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He received many honors and held many positions of prestige. Among these was an Honorary Curatorship of History for the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Governor’s Award in the Arts, and was the director/commissioner of Milwaukee’s Housing Authority and Department of City Development. He had a keen passion for Wisconsin’s architectural history and wrote many books and articles on the subject. Perrin also participated in the Historic American Buildings Survey. He cataloged over 700 Wisconsin structures and completed archival record documents on many of them for the Library of Congress. Many of the photos in this collection were for this survey. He also included photos that appeared in the various articles or books that he wrote.