Austin History Center

William Robert King Drawings

An Inventory of the Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: King, William Robert, 1929-2013,
Title: William Robert King Drawings
Dates: 1956-1997
Dates (Bulk): 1977-1997
Abstract: William Robert King was an architect and structural engineer who spent the majority of his career based out of Austin, Texas. The drawings document his career as a structural engineer in Austin from 1956 through 1997 and include commercial, ecclesiastical, public, educational, residential and recreational projects.
Identification: AR.2016.023
Quantity: 5 flat file drawers (36 sets of drawings, 879 sheets)
Location: Architectural Archives flat files
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

William Robert (Bob) King was born in San Benito, Texas in 1929, and grew up in Harlingen, Texas. He attended The University of Texas and graduated in 1951 with a bachelor of science in Architectural Engineering. He began his career in the early 1950s in Los Angeles, California as a structural designer for North American Aviation Corp. In 1954 King and his family returned to Austin, Texas where King re-enrolled in The University of Texas and graduated in 1956 with a Bachelor of Architecture. He was a member of several architectural firms before forming his own firm, King Engineering Group, Inc. In addition, he served as a lecturer for the University of Texas School of Architecture.

Scope and Contents

The William Robert King Drawings contain thirty-six architectural projects that were completed between the years 1956 and 1997. The projects are all located in Austin, Texas with the exception of one residence in Leander, Texas and a project in Bastrop State Park. King served as the structural engineer for all but one of the projects, additions to an apartment building in 1956 by King and Eppes Architects. For the majority of the projects the architect was the Austin architectural firm of Barnes Landes Goodman and Youngblood. In addition, King worked with architects Raymond Yin, Coffee Crier & Schenck and Paul Lamb. A variety of building types are represented in the collection, including residential, commercial, ecclesiastical, educational, industrial and public. Projects include the Austin State School Chapel for the Children, Railroad Commission Building, Brackenridge Professional Building, Covenant Presbyterian Church and the Bastrop State Park Golf Course Clubhouse.


Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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

Subjects (Persons)
King, William Robert, 1929-2013.
Subjects (Organizations)
Barnes Landes Goodman Youngblood.
David and Yin Architects.
Coffee Crier and Schenck.
King and Eppes Architects.
Buildings--Designs and plans.
Structural engineering--Texas--Austin.
Austin (Tex.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Bastrop State Park (Texas).
Document Types
Architectural drawings.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by the family of the creator.

Preferred Citation

William Robert King Drawings (AR.2016.023). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2016/027

Donation Date: 2016

Processing Information

Architectural drawings processed by Toni Thomasson in 2016. Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2017.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Architectural Drawings, 1956-1997

View an index of the architectural drawings here