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Marilyn Staton Hapsis-Hugo Design Collection

Identifier: MS Group 286

Scope and Content

The collection is comprised of designs and a small number of photographs documenting the design work of Marilyn Staton Hapsis-Hugo from 1956 to 2009. The drawings primarily are mounted renderings, although a small number are not mounted. The drawings are organized into three parts: Projects Completed at Hugo's, Freelance Projects, and Student Projects. The Hugo's Projects series includes designs completed for Albert Hugo Associates and Hugo's Fine Furniture and Interiors. The Freelance Projects consist of professional designs not completed for Hugo's, primarily between 1958 and 1965. Students Projects are those designs completed while she was a student at the University of Florida College of Architecture and Allied Arts in the mid-1950s. The collection also includes a small group of photographs of design work completed in the Jacksonville area.


  • 1956-2009
  • Majority of material found within 1956-1986



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Interior designer Marilyn Staton Hapsis-Hugo received her Bachelor of Design degree (with honors) from the University of Florida in 1958. After graduation she moved to Jacksonville, Florida, and worked as a freelance designer, completing interior and exterior renderings, scale models for architects, murals and art work. In 1965 she joined the interior design firm of Albert Hugo Associates as an interior designer. She is the wife of the late Edward E. Hugo, son of the founder, Albert Hugo, who started the business in 1921. In addition to the design studio, Hugo's includes a showroom, upholstery shop, frame shop, and drapery department. She currently serves as Vice President of Design for Hugo's Fine Furniture and Interiors. Selected commercial projects include the Breakers Hotel and Everglades Club in Palm Beach, the Delray Beach Club, Flagler College in St. Augustine, St. John's River Bank in Jacksonville, Florida National Bank in Orlando, San Jose Country Club in Jacksonville, and RingPower Corp. offices in St. Augustine and Orlando. She has completed designs for numerous residences in North Florida, Virginia, Vermont and Texas.

More information is available in a resume created by Hapsis-Hugo.


10.5 Linear feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials



Designs and a small number of photographs documenting the design work of Marilyn Staton Hapsis-Hugo.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Donated by Marilyn Staton Hapsis-Hugo in 2009.

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of items in this collection are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Processing Notes

Prior to donating the collection, Marilyn Staton Hapsis-Hugo arranged, numbered and described many of the drawings. During processing, some numbers were changed to bring related projects together.

A Guide to the Marilyn Staton Hapsis-Hugo Design Collection
Finding aid created by Thomas Minton
July 2011
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America