Austin History Center

J. Roy White Drawings

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: White, J. Roy
Title: J. Roy White Drawings
Abstract: J. Roy White was an architect and occasional artist that began practicing in Austin, Texas in 1920s. The collection of 479 architectural drawings span the years 1925 to 1985 and represents White's work from his student years at the University of Texas, as well as his professional career with Hugo Kuehne; the City of Austin; Giesecke, Kuehne & Brooks; Kuehne Brooks & Barr; Brooks, Barr, Graeber and White and White Dolce and Barr.
Identification: AR.2012.035
Quantity: 1 flat file drawer and 7 rolls (479 drawings)
Location: Architectural Archives
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, , PO BOX 2287, , Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

J. Roy White was born in Crowley, Louisiana in 1907. He lived in Austin, Texas from 1924 until his death in 1985. White received his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Texas in 1929. One of his earliest designs was the Fire Department Practice Tower (now the Buford Tower) in 1930. During the early years of his career White worked in Hugo Kuehne's office and was the primary architect on the original Austin Public Library building (now Austin History Center, 1933). During World War II, White worked for the City of Austin building and renovating parks buildings, fire stations and Municipal Airport facilities. In 1943 he went to work as an Associate Architect with Giesecke, Kuehne & Brooks and in 1965 was made partner and the firm name became Brooks, Barr, Graeber and White. The firm merged with 3D/International in 1972 and White retired soon after the merger. A few years later White came out of retirement and joined Noel Dolce and Alan Barr in forming the architectural firm White, Dolce & Barr.

J. Roy White was influenced by the log and limestone indigenous architecture of the Central Texas Hill Country. His basis philosophy of architecture was that "it should be honest-an interpretation of people and life-and it should have a certain warmth of character." Notable works by White include: the Huston-Tillotson University expansion program including the library and dormitories; expansion and restoration work to St. David's Episcopal Church in Austin; the master plan for LBJ State Park including the design of the Visitor Center; restorations and additions to the LBJ Ranch including the reconstruction of Lyndon Baines Johnson's birthplace on a two-acre tract adjoining the ranch; and several schools for the Austin Independent School District.

In his later years White concentrated on his talent for sketching and watercolors which led to exhibitions and the publication of Limestone and Log and Hill Country Revisited. Both books featured the indigenous architecture of the Hill County.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 479 architectural drawings representing seventy-eight projects dating from 1925 through 1985. Approximately half of the drawings are designs for residential projects from the 1930s through the 1950s. The remaining drawings represent commercial, public, ecclesiastical and educational projects including the Natural Science Center Barn, KLBJ AM/FM Radio Station, St. David's Episcopal Church.


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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Kuehne, Hugo F.
White, J. Roy.
Brooks, Barr, Graeber and White.
Giesecke, Kuehne & Brooks
Kuehne, Brooks & Barr
White, Dolce & Barr
Austin (Tex.)
Texas Hill Country (Tex.)
Historic buildings--Texas--Conservation and restoration.

Related Material

Architectural Archives Collections

  • AR.2012.033 Brooks, Barr, Graeber and White Drawings
  • AR.2009.024 Hugo Franz Kuehne Records and Drawings
  • AR.2009.023 Rex D. Kitchens Construction Co. Records and Drawings

General Collection

  • A 647.94764 FR Frantz, Joe Bertram, The Driskill Hotel, 1973
  • 720.9764 WH White, J. Roy, Limestone and Log: A Hill Country Sketchbook, 1968
  • A 741.973 WH White, J. Roy, Hill Country Revisited, 1977
  • A 728.6709764 WH White, J. Roy, The Restoration of the Birthplace of President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1965

Austin Files

  • Architects-Brooks, Barr, Graeber & White A5600 (8)
  • Architects-White, Dolce & Barr A5600 (14)

Biography Files

  • White, J. Roy

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

J. Roy White Drawings (AR.2012.035). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1960/060

Donation Date: 1986

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Drawings, 1925-1985

View an index of the architectural drawings here.