Learn more about the architectural style of your house. Reading the style of your house is a language that can lead to a discovery of the date it was built and even the architect, designer or builder. Find the clues to your house's life journey in the roof pitch, the window hood, the lattice work or paint colours. By searching the architectural features of homes of different eras you will be able to apply the knowledge of the styles in order to approximately date your house.

Video guide

Part 3: Architectural styles

Set the foundations for house history research success by watching State Library’s series of 5 House Histories video guides. Watch below to find out more about architectural styles. 

Architectural plans and architects

State Library resources

Fryer Library

  • Discover the Fryer Library's original plans and drawings, photographs and records of architects and architectural firms in Queensland
  • Register online to request items

Commercial dwelling plans

  • Queensland Parliamentary Papers for Annual Reports of Workers Dwelling Scheme or similar
  • Websites such as House History include plans released by the State Advances Corporation, Redicut Homes, Campbell Brothers and other house pattern books

State Library resources

  • Explore the One Search catalogue: Subject: "Architecture, Domestic – Designs and Plans"

Brisbane City Archives

Builders

Brisbane City Council Archives Building Registers: alphabetical by street – gives name of owners, and whether Worker’s Dwelling or State Advances Corporation was involved. Sometimes gives builder’s name. Annotations show if it is a new building or an addition.

Note:

  • Registers are missing for the years: 1939 (index only) and there are no extant records for the period September 1934-January 1936 and April-December 1937.
  • Entries are handwritten, chronological by address with owner’s name, cost, type of building and name of architect if any.
  • The landowner’s name is needed to confirm it’s the right building. See BCC online guidance at site
  • The date in the register records is approval date so construction was soon after.

Trove digitised newspapers

  • Explore digital newspapers for tenders, house removals, sale of land or house and land
  • Search using terms like "tenders", "house removals", by name of owner or by portion number e.g. “525 Red Hill”
  • Refine by year and month to find tender advertisement.