Robert Luthardt (1917-1977) was an art director and production designer for the motion picture and television industries,
and a designer of restaurants and private residences. The collection consists of production files containing photographic
and other research materials, plans for many of his set designs, and materials related to his work on commercial and residential
Robert Luthardt was born on March 3, 1917. A native of Chicago, Luthardt became an art director and production designer for
the motion picture and television industries. He trained under French-Hungarian art director Alexander Trauner and assisted
him on several Billy Wilder productions, including The Apartment and Irma La Douce. Other credits included Funny Girl, The April Fools, Carnal Knowledge, Hearts of the West, Lipstick, Kiss Me, Stupid and The Cheap Detective. He was nominated for an Oscar at the 1966 Academy Awards for his work on The Fortune Cookie. In addition, Luthardt became the art director for several long-running television shows and was a charter member of the
Society of Motion Pictures and Television Art Directors; he also designed several restaurants and interiors, including projects
for Billy Wilder. He died on October 1, 1977.