Austin History Center

Winfred Gustafson Records, Photographs and Drawings

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Gustafson, Winfred
Title: Winfred Gustafson Records, Photographs and Drawings
Abstract: Winfred O. Gustafson was an Austin, Texas architect who designed homes, offices, churches, hotels, and restaurants from 1945 until his death in 1985. The architectural drawings, project records and photographs taken by Gustafson in this collection document Gustafson's professional and personal interests from 1935 to 1983.
Identification: AR.2009.015
Quantity: .8 linear feet (2 boxes) and 12 flat file drawers (approximately 3789 drawings)
Location: Architectural Archives and Oversized Archives
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, , PO BOX 2287, , Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Winfred O. Gustafson was born in Manor, Texas to Wesley and Bella Gustafson in 1914. He attended public schools in Austin and received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Texas in 1939. Prior to and during World War II Gustafson worked on the design and construction of several defense projects. In 1945, he and Emil Niggli formed the partnership of Niggli and Gustafson with offices located at 1313 South Congress. The partnership was dissolved in 1958 and Niggli died in 1961. Gustafson continued to practice until his death in 1985.

In addition to his work as an architect, Gustafson had an avid interest in art and specialized in pastels, watercolors, pencil drawings as well as wood carving. He tended to focus on outdoor subjects such as old barns, houses, outbuildings, birds and animals. He rarely traveled without his camera so he could capture good subjects to use later in his artwork.

Scope and Contents

The Winfred Gustafson collection spans the years 1935 to 1983 and is arranged into two series: I. Professional Work and II. Personal Papers.

The bulk of the collection lies in the Professional Work series (1941-1983), which includes 218 sets of architectural drawings, project files for a limited number of jobs, marketing materials and photographs. Drawings in this series include the following: Austin hotels such as the Terrace Motor Hotel, Austin Motel and the Wilshire Motor Hotel as well as hotels throughout the Southwest; Austin restaurants the Canary Hut, Holiday Houses, Chicken Shack, Lahala House on Town Lake, and Sandy's Hamburgers; commercial buildings Barton Village Shopping Center, Sea Arama (Galveston aquarium), Lakeway Resort Shopping Center, Austin Area Teachers Federal Credit Union, Lower Colorado River Authority and Peter Pan Mini Golf club house; churches the University Avenue Church of Christ and Highland Village Church of Christ; as well as many other educational, public, commercial and residential buildings.

The majority of the Personal Papers series (1935, 1963-1974, undated) consists of photographs taken by Gustafson as inspiration for his artwork. Included are rural scenes in Central Texas of ranches, farms, houses, barns, outbuildings and businesses taken in the late 1960s and early 1970s and a small group of photographs taken in 1935 at Lake Don Martin in Mexico. Some of the Texas towns represented are: Stamford, Round Rock, Marble Falls, Fredericksburg, Smithville, Brackettville, Katy, La Grange, Hutto, New Sweden, Norman's Crossing and Llano. In addition to the photographs there is an undated (circa 1963) organizational chart of the volunteers working on the Water Parade for the Austin Aqua Festival.


Arranged into two series:
I. Professional Work
II. Personal Papers


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Niggli, Emil.
Gustafson, Winfred O.
Niggli and Gustafson.
Austin (Tex.)
Buildings--Designs and plans.
Architecture--Texas--20th century.

Related Material

AF Biography - Gustafson, Winfred.

Separated Material

All of the photographs from the architectural project files and the personal photo albums of identifiable Austin or Travis locations were removed from the collection at the time of the donation and added to AF Photography collection. Identification numbers and/or AF file locations are listed below.

AF Photo Collection location:

  • 1020 Lamar Blvd. - PICH 07403
  • 3704 East Ave. - PICH 07405-07406
  • Maplewood School - PICA 26981-26982
  • Brentwood School - PICA 26980
  • Lower Colorado River Authority - PICA 26972-26979
  • Terrace Motor Hotel - PICA 26965-26971, Motels--Sheraton Terrace M7700 (12)
  • Austin Public Health Clinic - PICA 26961, Health Dept--Austin/Travis Co.
  • School for the Deaf - PICA 26962-26964
  • 4712 Bull Creek Rd. - PICH 07407-07410
  • Holiday House - PICA 26983-26985, Restaurants R3800 (72)
  • Austin Motel - PICA 27651-27653, Motels M7700 (2)
  • Irving's Restaurant - PICA 27654-27656, Restaurants R3800 (216)
  • Lakeway (57 photos) - Lakeway L0820
  • 706 Guadalupe (Phillips-Bremond-Houston house) - PICH 08696
  • 700 Guadalupe (John Bremond house) - PICH 08695
  • State capitol at night - PICA 30187, Capitol--views
  • Views of downtown from IH35 - PICA 30188
  • 309 W. 11th St. (Michael Butler house) - PICH 08697-08701
  • Gethsemane Lutheran Church Parish House - PICA 30189-30194, Churches--Lutheran--Gethsemane

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by the creator's family.

Preferred Citation

Winfred Gustafson Records, Photographs and Drawings (AR.2009.015). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1985/092

Donation Date: 1985, 1997

Processing Information

The photographs taken for inspiration for artwork were originally housed in two binders in magnetic photograph sleeves. The photographs have been removed and sleeved in original order for preservation reasons.

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Professional Work, 1941-1983

Project Files, 1950, 1969-1982
Box Folder
1 1-4 Austin Area Teachers Federal Credit Union (GU-049), 1981
5 Highland Village Church of Christ (GU-137), 1981
6 Jim's Coffee Shop (GU-148), 1969
7-8 Ramsey and Ramsey Building (GU-081), 1982
9-12 Scott residence (GU-131), 1975
13-16 Sea-Arama (GU-188), 1979
17 Terrace Motor Hotel (GU-193), 1950
Photographs, 1950-1968, 1981, undated
Box Folder
1 18 Barton Hills Community Center, 1956
19 Bell County Courthouse remodel, circa 1950
20 Highland Village Church of Christ (GU-137), 1981
21 McFadden Building (GU-046), 1960-1968
22 Tidelands Motor Hotel (GU-204), 1958
23 Tradewinds Motor Hotel (GU-016), 1953
24 Unidentified, undated
Marketing Materials, 1946
Location Box
Archt. qAR 1 Niggli and Gustafson firm brochure, 1946
Architectural Drawings, 1941-1983, undated
Location Cabinet
Architectural Archives 3 Plans, elevations, sections, details, sketches, perspectives, 1941-1983, undated
View an index of the architectural drawings here.

II. Personal Papers, 1935, 1963-1974

Box Folder
2 1-11 Personal photographs, 1935, 1968-1974, undated
Location FlatFile
qAR 01/08/009 Aqua Festival Water Parade organizational chart, circa 1963