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Mocatta residence [architect Robin Gibson] in Yeronga, Queensland, c.1966.
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Queensland architecture

State Library's rich architectural collections document the careers and work of noted and lesser-known architects. Explore a variety of collection resources related to Queensland architects, architectural practices and our distinctive built heritage.


Start your Queensland architecture research journey by browsing significant State Library collections and resources related to several notable architects, highlighting their celebrated careers and, in some cases, iconic work.

Wickham Terrace car park [architect James Birrell], 1978, Colin Aggett
James Birrell (1928-2019)
Discover collections related to James Birrell, a pioneer and master of modernist design in Queensland.
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View of the SGIO Theatre [architects Conrad Gargett] from Turbot Street, Brisbane, c.1978.
Conrad Gargett (1890- )
State Library holds a variety resources related to one of Queensland's oldest architectural practices.
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St Brigid's Catholic Church [architects Hall & Dods] at Red Hill, c.1928
Hall & Dods (1896-1913)
State Library is home to a large and significant collection of Hall & Dods plans and drawings.
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Torbreck promotional pamphlet, 1958-1960
Job & Froud (1954-1974)
Explore the original architectural drawings for Torbreck and other work completed by Job & Froud.
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Lennon's Hotel Broadbeach [architect Karl Langer], Queensland, 1962.
Karl Langer (1903-1969)
Browse plans and drawings by Karl Langer, one of Queensland's most influential mid-century architects.
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Early artistic impression of an exposition at Kangaroo Point, 1981. James Maccormick.
James Maccormick (1926-2021)
James Maccormick's designs for World Expo 88 in Brisbane, from concept to reality.
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Home, also known as Lamb House [architect A.B. Wilson], Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, c.1904.
Wilson Architects (1884- )
Explore a wide variety of resources related to this renowned Queensland practice still in existence.
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Richard Stringer: architectural photographer

Photograph by Richard Stringer of exterior (rear) of the 'Pavlyshyn House' at Coorparoo, 2018.
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John Gollings: architectural photographer

Photograph by John Gollings of a guesthouse at Surfers Paradise, 1973.
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Royal Australian Institute of Architects (Qld) photographs

Frazer house [architects Hayes & Scott] at Broadbeach, 1958.


Queensland Architecture: journal articles

Discover a range of journal articles related to Queensland architects and architecture.

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Architectural drawing for proposed house near Charleville for D.E. Francis prepared by Hall & Dods, 1908.
Hall & Dods architectural drawings: conservation and digitisation
How State Library conservators restored the Hall and Dods collection.
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Advertisement for Regina Court, Highgate Hill, 1939.
The emergence of flats and apartments in Brisbane
Apartments became fashionable in the 1920s and 30s, but some considered them 'immoral'.
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Photograph of 'Beenleigh' a house on Upper Cairns Terrace, Red Hill, Queensland, n.d.
A history of 'Beenleigh', Red Hill, Brisbane
A brief history of 'Beenleigh', 25 Upper Cairns Terrace, Red Hill, by guest blogger Don Watson.
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Photograph of a fisherman standing outside at shack at Bribie Island, c.1925.
Shacks, sheds and cottages: Queensland weekenders
In the early 20th century, many Queenslanders built low-cost residences at or near the beach.
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Photograph of Woolstores, Teneriffe, Queensland, 2002.
Professional archive of Allom Lovell & Associates
Allom & Lovell were only the second practice in Australia to specialise in heritage architecture.
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Book with plans for Queensland bungalows, 1937.
Plans for Queensland Bungalows 1937
This booklet, containing drawings of front facades and floor plans, served as a guide for builders.
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