- [ca.1947]-[ca.1968] (Creation)
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90 boxes, 7 parcels, approximately 1100 architectural drawings, 6 oversize folders (134 plans).
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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.
Collection previously titled as: Papers, [ca.1947]-[ca.1968]
Collection alternatively titled as: Karl Langer Collection.
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This Karl Langer collection contains architectural drawings, financial records, correspondence, biographical and personal notes, articles, speeches, job photos, subject files, diaries, journal and newspaper cuttings relating to the works, life and interests of Karl Langer. Buildings where Karl Langer was the architect are represented in this collection. Drawings and files include those realting to: St. Peters Lutheran College, Brisbane; Ipswich Girls Grammar School; Ipswich Boys Grammar School; Lennons Hotel, Brisbane and Lennons Hotel, Broadbeach. Karl Langer taught at the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology and there are related documents to this time. Plans and photographs of the Langer House, designed by Karl Langer are included in the collection. The Langer House was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.
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Unrestricted access. Access to personal correspondence is restricted. Application to access restricted material may be submitted to the Fryer Librarian for consideration.
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Material from this collection has been cited in:
Daniel A. Barber, Lee Stickells, Daniel J. Ryan, Maren Koehler, Andrew Leach, Philip Goad, Deborah van der Plaat, Cathy Keys, Farhan Karim & William M. Taylor (2018) Architecture, Environment, History: Questions and Consequences, Architectural Theory Review, 22:2, 249-286.
Hampson, Alice; Gardiner, Fiona , From the Acropolis to Kingaroy: Creating Civic Culture in Queensland. Presented at Quotation, Quotation: What Does History Have in Store for Architecture Today? - The 34th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Canberra 5-8 July 2017.
Muirden, B. (1968). The puzzled patriots: the story of the Australia First Movement. ([Amended ed..). Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press; London; New York: Cambridge University Press.
Sterken S & Daunt LM (2020) ‘From Austria to Australia: Three Lutheran churches by Karl Langer’, Lutheran theological journal, 54(3):181–193.
Sterken S & Daunt LM (2021) ‘Tempered Modernism: Karl Langer's Architecture for the Lutheran Church in Queensland’, Fabrications : the journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 31(3):398–426, doi:10.1080/10331867.2021.2006431.
Van der Plaat D & Macarthur J (2022) Karl Langer modern architect and migrant in the Australian tropics, Bloomsbury Visual Arts, London ; New York.
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- Langer, Karl, 1903-1969 (Subject)
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Revised, Linda Justo, 13-Apr-2021. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.