Item Item 1 - J.D. Story Administration Building, University of Queensland

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UQFL117-Series A-Subseries 9-File 1-Item 1


J.D. Story Administration Building, University of Queensland


  • 1961? (Creation)

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18 leaves : b&w photographs, 17 architectural drawings ; 40 x 75 cm

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James Peter Birrell was born in Melbourne on the 24 October 1928. He was educated at the Melbourne Technical College (1945-1949) while working for the Victorian State Works Department (1947), for R.G. Warren (1948) and the Commonwealth Works Department (1948-1950). He transferred into a fourth year course in the School of Architecture at the University of Melbourne. Following his graduation in 1950, he returned to the Commonwealth Works Department and worked for them in Melbourne, Canberra and Darwin. He was appointed Architect in charge of the Architectural Branch in the Brisbane City Council (1955-1961). He resigned to become Staff Architect to the University of Queensland (1961-1966). He commenced his own practice in 1966, with offices at various times in Brisbane, Townsville, Port Moresby, and Maroochydore with various partners (including Lorant Kulley, Philip Conn, Richard Stringer and Lindsay Mack). He died on 20 September 2019, aged 90.

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Bound presentation volume, cover title J.D. Story Administration Building, University of Queensland, by University Architect J.P. Birrell, first page has 4 x b&w photographs showing similar construction procedures and remaining 17 leaves are coloured architectural plans. Drawings are for stage one; stage two is marked as a future extension. They comprise: site plan; lower ground floor; diagrammatic layout, underfloor service ducts; ground floor; Senate house, ground floor; first floor; second floor; third floor; fourth floor; fifth floor; south elevation; east elevation; north elevation; cross section; typical detail of double hung windows; preliminary sketches showing proposed method of precasting; and sun control, data and analysis. The plans for the different floor levels describe some of the future occupant positions for selected rooms.

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  • English

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Oversize folder 11


Previously housed in Folder 22a as A10.01

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Created, Linda Justo, 29-Jan-2021




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  • Oversize folder: UQFL117 Oversize folder 11