Collection UQFL227 - Vitaly Gzell Architectural Drawings

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Vitaly Gzell Architectural Drawings


  • 1947-1974 (Creation)

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ca. 177 plans.

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Biographical history

Vitaly Gzell was born in 1908 in China to Russian parents. The family arrived in Brisbane, Queensland in 1923. Gzell graduated with a diploma in architecture from the University of Queensland in 1933. Initially working as a draftsman for Geoffrey A. Blackburn in 1933, Gzell was made a partner in 1934 forming Blackburne & Gzell architects (1934-1953). From 1953 Gzell was a sole practitioner, retiring in 1974. He died in 1977.

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Biographical history

Brisbane-based architect. Worked under the tutelage of Eric Ford of Chambers and Ford while studying at Brisbane Central Technical College. In 1932 entered private practice, and in 1934 formed the successful partnership Blackburne and Gzell with BCTC classmate Vitaly Gzell. Both men served in World War II and after returning from service the practice resumed, until dissolution in 1953. Blackburne continued to practice in Brisbane and later the Sunshine Coast.

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Administrative history

Brisbane-based architecture practice of Godfrey Blackburne and Vitaly Gzell. Focussed mainly on residential projects.

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Architectural drawings, [1947-1974]
Collection alternatively titled as: Vitaly Gzell Collection.

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Drawings of residential and commercial buildings in Brisbane and regional Queensland. Includes some Blackburne and Gzell plans. The collection includes plans for Twelfth Night Theatre.

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Unrestricted access.

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  • English

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Related material is held at the Fryer Library in UQFL535 Henry and Sylvia Eshensky Papers.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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