Architectural plans & records

Collection overview

Our collection contains over 22, 000 plans and drawings with a strong focus on Queensland architecture. Plans of notable Queensland buildings, many of which no longer exist, are also available. Material dates from the last two decades of the nineteenth century, but is particularly strong in the interwar period.

We hold papers from significant Queensland architects such as James Birrell and Karl Langer, as well as records and photographs from completed projects. Key architecture collections include: Hodgen & Hodgen, Conrad and Gargett and Wilson Architects, Australia’s oldest architecture dynasty. The Torbreck Home Units collection also features an original architecture model of this iconic Brisbane building that was completed in 1960. Our collections are developed in conjunction with the teaching and research collections in the Architecture & Music Library.


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A reflection on the works of William Hodgen Junior. The W Hodgen and Hodgen Collection (UQFL116) consists of drawings, correspondence and specifications of Hodgen's wide-ranging practice.


From screen to stage: a history of the Avalon Theatre. A history of the Avalon Theatre building from when it was built in 1921 until today.


Set in stone: Cliffside flats. This ambitious project took the vision of Mrs Doris R Booth and engineering skill of Ronald Martin Wilson to be realised.


Location & access

This collection is located at the Fryer Library. To view Fryer Library material, use the online form and plan your visit. Items in the Fryer Library may not be borrowed but are available for use in the Reading Room.