Series Series Y - Karl Langer Papers

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UQFL157-Series Y


Karl Langer Papers


  • 1920-1969 (Creation)

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5 boxes, 1 album

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Biographical history

Born in Vienna on 28 July 1903. Karl Langer graduated in 1926 in Vienna as an architect from the master class of Peter Behrens. He married Gertrude Fröschel on 14 May 1932. They migrated to Australia in 1939 and settled in Brisbane in 1944. He lectured at the University of Queensland, and later also at the Queensland University of Technology. He was fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and of the Australian Planning Institute. He was also the first president of the Institute of Landscape Architecture and an executive member of the National Trust. He designed many of Queensland's best-known buildings, including the chapel at St Peter's Lutheran College in Brisbane. He died on 16 October 1969 in Brisbane.

Archival history

These papers and records formed part of the bequest of Gertrude Langer and subsequent donations made by the executors of her estate. While the University of Queensland Library also hold the Karl Langer Papers (UQFL 158) donated by Gertrude Langer after his death in 1969, these papers are of a more personal nature, and have therefore been retained with the Gertrude Langer Papers.

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These papers include correspondence received by Karl Langer before his marriage to Gertrude Langer, some literary manuscripts other personal documents, as well as architectural drawings for their house at 396 Swann Rd, St Lucia. They also include records relating to a few projects current at the time of Karl Langer’s death, as well as a few business records, including staff cards.

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Box 53
Pocket diaries, 1937, 1945 – 1966 [with gaps].

Box 54
Folder 1. Personal documents, including life documents, passports, school and university certificates, membership cards and others.
Folder 2. Personal documents, including life documents, passports, school and university certificates, membership cards and others.
Folder 3. Letters from Gertrude Langer, 1931 – 1968.
Folder 4. Correspondence to Karl Langer from friends in Norway, 1920 – 1930 [and] 1950.
Folder 5. Correspondence to Karl Langer from friends in the Netherlands (Holland), 1920 – 1925.
Folder 6. Correspondence to Karl Langer, 1924 – 1958. Includes a signed card from Peter Behrens.
Folder 7. Copies of letters written and unsent letters.

Box 55
Folder 1. Literary manuscripts and Original drawings, 1940s – 1960s.
Folder 2. Travel documentation and ephemera, 1950s – 1960s.
Folder 3. Stationary [blank].
Folder 4. Drawing and records relating to architectural competitions and work, 1928 – 1936.
Folder 5. Project records, 1950s and 1960s.
Folder 6. Company records, including staff cards.

Box 56
Architectural sketches and drawings.

Folder 1 - Folder 2. Sketch plans, drawings, contracts, invoices for the construction of the Langers’ residence at 396 Swann Rd, St Lucia. [2 folders], 1950- 1952.
Folder 3. Drawings and records for 57 Gregory Tce, the Langers’ architectural office, 1957.
Folder 4. Drawings for Lennons Hotel Broadbeach, including site plan, floor plan and interior view of Private lounge.

Box 57
Papers compiled by Gertrude Langer after Karl Langer’s death from his personal and professional papers, many labelled ‘relating to Karl’s work’.

Album 17
Photographs. -- Photographs and copies of drawings of architectural work in Europe before 1938. -- Photographs of interiors and furniture designed by Karl Langer before 1938. -- Photographs of buildings designed by Karl Langer in Australia, including Lennons Hotel, Broadbeach and Toowoomba, St Peter’s Lutheran College Chapel, Ipswich Girls Grammar School Hall and others. Includes a list of ‘Photos taken from the works of Karl’.

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Related manuscript material is held at UQFL158 Karl Langer Papers

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Box 53-Box 57; Album 17

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Created, JH, 6-Mar-2020




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  • Box: UQFL157 Box 53
  • Box: UQFL157 Box 54
  • Box: UQFL157 Box 55
  • Box: UQFL157 Box 55
  • Box: UQFL157 Box 56
  • Box: UQFL157 Box 57
  • Album: UQFL157 Album 17