Austin History Center

University of Texas School of Architecture Measured Drawings

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: University of Texas School of Architecture
Title: University of Texas School of Architecture Measured Drawings
Abstract: The University of Texas School of Architecture Measured Drawings collection is an artificial collection of measured drawings created by UT School of Architecture students of historic Austin, Texas buildings executed in conformance with the format established by the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS).
Identification: AR.2016.028
Quantity: 1 flat file drawer (13 sets of drawings; 78 sheets)
Location: Architectural Archives
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, , PO BOX 2287, , Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

Blake Alexander, professor of architecture at the The University of Texas School of Architecture, adapted the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) format for his architecture history class at UT, requiring students to measure and draw historic Texas buildings as one of his assignments starting in the 1950s. During the 1970s this practice of producing comprehensive documentation of historic buildings continued under the guidance of Professor Wayne Bell at the Winedale Institute in Historic Preservation. The creation of measured drawings of historic buildings continues to be part of the coursework at the UT School of Architecture.

Scope and Contents

While the majority of the measured drawings created by University of Texas School of Architecture students are archived at The University of Texas Alexander Architectural Archives the Austin History houses some of the drawings documenting historic structures in Austin, Texas. The artificial collection spans the dates 1957 to 1978, as well as a single drawing from 2014. Represented in the collection are the Travis County Courthouse (1019 Congress Avenue), Old Post Office and Federal Building/O. Henry Hall (601 Colorado Streets); Butler residence (309 W. 11th Street); Cater Joseph residence (1610 Virginia Avenue), Gethsemane Lutheran Church (1510 Congress Streets), Neill-Cochran House (2310 San Gabriel Street), Hirschfeld Honeymoon Cottage (305 W. 9th Street), Spence residence, Robinson-Bremond residence (404 W. 7th Street), "A Victorian Residence" (1012 E. 8th Street) and the BAPS Swaninarayan Temple (12246 Running Bird Lane).


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Sharp, Dan.
Bremond family.
Robinson family.
Joseph, Cater.
Hirshfeld, Henry, 1834-1911.
University of Texas at Austin. School of Architecture.
Gethsemane Lutheran Church (Austin, Tex.).
Neill-Cochran House (Austin, Tex.).
O. Henry Hall (Austin, Tex.)
Austin (Tex.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
San Gabriel Street 2310 (Austin, Tex.).
9th Street W. 305 (Austin, Tex.).
7th Street W. 404 (Austin, Tex.).
Virginia Avenue 1610 (Austin, Tex.).
Congress Avenue 1019 (Austin, Tex.).
Congress Avenue 1510 (Austin, Tex.).
Colorado 601 (Austin, Tex.).
Buildings--Designs and plans
Historic buildings--Texas--Austin.
Document Types:
Architectural drawings.

Related Material

General Collection - A 720.9764 HI Texas Catalog: a List Of Measured Drawings, Photographs And Written Documentation In The Survey, 1974

Archives and Manuscripts - AR.2013.034 Anna Hiss House Historic Structures Documentation Records

Architectural Archives - The collections of Bell, Klein & Hoffman; Volz & Associates; Ford, Powell & Carson and August Watkins Harris also contain measured drawings of historic buildings.

Other Repositories - Alexander Architectural Archives, The University of Texas at Austin has a collection of student measured drawings and the Winedale Historical Center collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

University of Texas School of Architecture Measured Drawings (AR.2016.028). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: unknown

Donation Date: various

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2016.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Measured Drawings, 1957-1978, 2014

View an index of the architectural drawings here