Austin History Center

C. H. Page & Son Records, 1893-1970

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: C. H. Page & Son
Title: C. H. Page & Son Records
Abstract: The collection includes architectural drawings, photographs and project records for C. H. Page & Sons and the same body under two previous names, Page Brothers, Architects and C. H. Page & Bro.
Identification: AR.2009.029
Quantity: 1.8 linear feet (3 document boxes and 1 oversize box) and approximately 300 drawings.
Location: Architectural Archives-Shelves, Flat Files, Archt. qAR, Outer Vault
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, , PO BOX 2287, , Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Charles Henry and Louis Page were sons of an English immigrant mason and contractor. Born in St. Louis, the family then moved to Austin in 1886. Both sons attended public schools and worked with their father in the construction industry.

After apprenticing with several architects Charles Henry began practice at the age of 19 in the firm Makin and Page. He left that firm and began an independent practice as C. H. Page, Jr. but was soon joined by his brother Louis. Page Brothers, Architects (also known as C. H. Page Jr. & Bro.) was formed in 1898 and became one of the leading firms specializing in public projects such as public schools and courthouses. Page Brothers, Architects were responsible for the designs of the Littlefield Building (1910,1919) at 601 Congress Avenue, Travis County Courthouse (1930) and Austin National Bank (1930, razed 1956) at 513 Congress Avenue. In 1903 Charles Henry's design for the Texas Building was chosen to represent Texas at the St. Louis World's Fair.

Charles Henry Page, Jr. was born in 1910 in Austin and attended Austin public schools and Kemper Military Institute. He received his bachelor's degree in architecture in 1932 from the University of Texas. After Louis's death in 1934 Charles Henry Page Jr., C.H.'s son, joined the practice. In 1936 Charles Henry, Jr. became a partner and the firm name was changed to C.H. Page & Son. After the death of C. H., Sr. (the father, though sometimes also referred to as C. H. Page, Jr.) in 1957, Charles Henry, Jr. continued to practice for several years. Representative works in Austin by C.H. Page & Son include the United States Courthouse (1935) at Eight and Colorado and the Normandie Arms Apartments (1938) at 108 West 15th Street.

Scope and Contents

The collection is a combination of materials attributed to C. H. Page (independent), C. H. Page & Bro., Page Brothers, Architects and C. H. Page and Son and date from 1903 to 1968. There are project records, architectural drawings, photographs & photo renderings, newspaper clippings & postcards as well as a small amount of office files, and personal papers.

The Project Records series (1923-1929, 1949-1968, undated) have files pertaining to both Page Brothers, Architects and C. H. Page. Noteworthy are the general specifications and structural computations pertaining to the Travis County Court. There are few project files for C.H. Page, Jr. projects. Of significance are the Masonic Lodge #12 and the Travis County Courthouse Addition files.

The Office Files series (1933, 1962-1964) contains the February 24, 1933 announcement that Page Brothers was chosen by the United States Treasury Department to "render architectural services in connection with the proposed Post Office and Courthouse building at Austin, Texas" and the telegram from C. H. Page to Louis Page letting him know they had been awarded the contract. Also included is firm information and a brochure from the 1960s when C. H. Page & Son was being run by Charles Henry, Jr.

A very small amount of the personal papers of C.H. Page, Jr. are contained within the Personal Papers series (1934-1940, 1952-1968). Included are financial, insurance and property records as well as several certificates of membership. Also present are thank-you letters from the Franklin Delano Roosevelt White House and Texas governor James Allred. Some of these documents may actually be those of C.H. Page, Sr., however, they were originally labeled as having belonged to Page, Jr.

The Printed Materials series includes newspaper clippings (1908, 1932-1945, 2009) that highlight the work of Page Brothers and C. H. Page & Son. Postcards of early Page Brothers projects and a 2010 calendar depicting school building designed by C. H. Page between 1900 and 1930 are also available.

The Photographs Series (1893, 1939, 1960-1966, undated) is a mixture of photos of actual buildings and office staff and photographic prints of architectural renderings and/or presentation drawings. Most of the photographic material is undated but the photos have been attributed to projects completed by both Page Brothers and C. H. Page & Son. The photos have been arranged by type of building (e.g., public, medical, etc.) and certain projects have been assigned to separate folders. Many of the prints in the assorted section of each building type are identified.

There is also a single scrapbook that consists mainly of newspaper clippings from 1903 that document that C. H. Page was awarded the commission for the Texas Building at the St. Louis World's Fair (Louisiana Purchase Exposition). Of interest is the opposition by some architects to the design of the building claiming that "the architectural monstrosity proposed would make us the laughingstock of the world...." Also included in the scrapbook are a few newspaper articles that chronicle that C. H. Page & Bro. were selected as the architects for the Smith County courthouse.

The Drawings series consists of approximately 300 drawings representing 34 projects dating from the mid-1910s to the mid-1930s. The majority of the projects are attributed to Page Brothers, Architects and/or C. H. Page, Sr. The projects represented are commercial, public, residential, educational, and medical. Of significance are the drawings for the Travis County Courthouse (1929), Hunt County Courthouse (1928), The Austin American-Statesman Building (1935-1936), Hospital for Confederate Home (1920), and the Southwestern Telegraph & Telephone Co. Building (1919). Included are several presentation drawings circa 1920s in charcoal or watercolor that depict proposed projects such as schools and courthouses.


Arranged into 7 series:
I. Project Records
II. Office Files
III. Personal Papers
IV. Printed Material
V. Photographic Material
VI. Scrapbook
VII. Drawings


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Page, Charles Henry Jr.
Page, Charles Henry, 1876-1957
Page, Louis.
C. H. Page & Bro.
C. H. Page & Son.
Page Brothers, Architects, 1898-1936
Austin (Tex.)
Document Types:
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Color negatives
Color photographs
Printed Material

Related Material

AR.2009.030 Page Southerland Page Drawings and Records

AF Biography - Charles H. Page

Separated Material

When the collection was originally processed in 1991 many of the photographs were removed and added to the Photographs Collection. Locations are listed below:

200 Scenic Dr., (1 oversize photo) qHB-Scenic Drive 200, PICH 07855

300 E. 8th St., (1 oversize photo) qAF-C7850, PICA 276

806 W. 24th St., (1 oversized print) qHB-24th W. 806, PICH 07856

4013 Ave H, (1 oversize photo) qHB-Avenue H 4013, PICH 07854

Allan Jr. High, (15 black and white prints) AF-P8805, PICAs 25654-62

Austin American-Statesman Building, (3 black and white prints) AF-N2405, PICAs 25675-77

Austin American-Statesman Building, (1 oversize photo) qAF-N2405 (1930-39), PICA 27660

Bergstrom Air Force Base, (97 black and white/color prints and 70 negatives) AF-B2580, PICAs 25678-768

Brackenridge Hospital, (3 black and white prints) AF-H2700(1), PICAs 25598-99

Brackenridge School of Nursing, (8 black and white prints) AF-H2705, PICAs 5262, 5623, 10088, 10092-94,10096-97

Brown Building, (5 black and white prints) AF HB Colorado St. 708, PICH-06779-06781

W. Brown Residence, (1 oversize photo) qAF A5600(2), PICA 29715

Bus Depot, (2 black and white prints) AF HB 10th St. 118 E, PICHs 06787-8

C.H. Page Jr. Residence, (1 oversize photo) qHB-24th W. 708, PICH 07858

FDR's Birthday, (1 black and white print and 1 negative) AF-C1900(13), PICA 25653

Louis Charles Page, Jr., (2 black and white prints) AF-Biography, PICB 12248

Normandie Arms, (1 black and white print) AF HB 108 W. 15th St., PICH 06784

Stocking Residence, (1 oversize photo) qHB Gaston, 1205, PICH 08598

Texas State Capitol, (2 black and white prints) AF-C1040(2)(b), PICAs 25645-46

Travis County Courthouse, 1933 (10 8"x10" black and white/sepia tone photographic prints) AF-Courthouse C7830, PICAs 25396-402 and C05145 dup

University of Texas Chemical Engineering Building, (4 black and white prints) AF-U3400(70), PICAs 25647-48

University of Texas Petroleum Engineering Building, (6 black and white prints) AF-U3400(35), PICAs 25649-51

University of Texas Gregory Gym, (1 black and white print) AF-3435, PICA 25652

U.S. Courthouse, (22 black and white prints) AF-C7850, PICAs 25625-43

1 black and white print, is now in AF-C1042(1), PICA 25644

These items were separated by Tim Wilder on April 3 1991, May 3 1991, and June 12, 1992.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

This collection was donated by Anne Page DeBois in 1986.

Preferred Citation

C. H. Page & Son Records and Drawings(AR.2009.029). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1986/088

Donation Date: 1986

Processing Information

Finding aid was prepared by Tim Wilder in 1991, revised by Molly Hults/2010 and Nicole Davis/2016.

Finding aid was encoded by Evan Usler in April 2010.

This collection was originally archived as two separate collection - C. H. Page, Jr. Records and Page Brothers, Architects Records. There was, however, significant overlap between the two collections and it was decided to merge the collections to reflect that these were the records of a single company that simply changed names.

Alternate Form of Material

Digital scans (.tif files) of the original (1929, 1930) Page Brothers' Travis County Courthouse drawings in the collection are available. In addition there are scans of the 1958, 1962, 1963 and undated Addition and Remodeling drawings of the Courthouse by C. H. Page & Son held by Travis County. The files are available in the Reading Room Architectural Digital Collections box or at N:\Archives\Architectural Archives\Page Brothers_Travis Co. Courthouse (internal link only).

Other Finding Aid

All architectural drawings are indexed in the Architectural Archives card catalog available in the Reading Room of the Austin History Center.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Project Files

Box Folder
3 1 A.C. Baldwin and Son Printing Shop (PB-192802), 1928
2-3 Travis County Courthouse (PB-192903), 1929
4 Bastrop County Courthouse repairs (PB-192301), 1923
Box Folder
1 1-4 Masonic Lodge number 12, 1967-1968
5-6 Travis County Courthouse Addition (CHP-023), 1962
7 Bids, 1949-1953, undated
8 Financial statements for various projects, 1956-1966

II. Office Records, 1933, 1962-1964

Box Folder
3 5 United States Courthouse announcement, 1933
Box Folder
1 9 Firm information, 1964
10 Firm brochure (photos #001-005), 1962

III. Personal Papers, 1934-1970

Box Folder
1 11 Personal papers, 1937-70
12 Roosevelt Birthday Ball and Allred Inauguration, 1934, 1937

IV. Printed Material, 1908-1915, 1932-1945, 2009

Box Folder
2 11 Calendar, 2009
Box Folder
1 13 Clippings, 1908, 1932-1945
14 Postcards 1910-1915, undated

V. Photographs, 1893, 1939, 1960-1966, undated

Medical, undated
Box Folder
1 15 Driscoll Foundation Children's Hospital (#006-011), undated
Location Box
Oversize Architectural 4 John Sealy Hospital (#142), 1946
Box Folder
1 16 Kerrville Sanatorium (#012-013), 1939
17 Assorted (#014-020), 1947, undated
Educational, 1960, undated
Box Folder
1 18 Baylor University Student Union (#021-024), undated
19 USAF School of Aviation Medicine (#025-033), 1960
20 Assorted (#034-037), undated
Public, 1893, 1965-1966, undated
Box Folder
2 1 Hays County Courthouse (#038-049), 1965
Location Archives Collection
Outer Vault B&W negatives drawer Hays County Courthouse negatives, 1965
Box Folder
2 2 Texas Pavilion at Chicago Exposition (#050), 1893
Box Folder
3 6 Texas State Capitol (#136-139), undated
Location Archives Collection
Outer Vault B&W negatives drawer Texas State Capitol copy negatives, undated
Box Folder
3 7 Travis County Courthouse (#140), undated
8 United States Courthouse (CHP-002) (#141), undated
Box Folder
2 3 Williamson County Courthouse (#051-057), 1966
4 Assorted (#058-077), undated
Residential, 1961, undated
Box Folder
2 5 Trinity Lutheran Homes (#078-089), 1961
6 Assorted (#090-091),
Commercial, undated
Box Folder
2 7 Masonic Lodge number 12 (#092-109), undated
Location Archives Collection
Outer Vault Color negatives drawer Masonic Lodge number 12 negatives, undated
Box Folder
2 8 Assorted (#110-116), undated
Unidentified, undated
Box Folder
2 9 Buildings (#117-126), undated
10 Office staff (#127-135), undated

VI. Scrapbook, 1903

Location Box
Oversize Architectural 4 Scrapbook, 1903

VII. Drawings, 1915-1936

Located in the Architectural Archives flat files. See the Architectural Archives database for access to specific drawings. View a spreadsheet of the drawings here