Firm Library of Ayres & Ayres, Architects
San Antonio architects Atlee B. Ayres (1873-1969) and Robert Ayres (1898-1977) collected these books for their firm's library. The library was donated posthumously to the University of Texas Libraries in two disbursements—the first in 1979, and the second in 1983, along with the firm's archives. Drawings, papers, and photographic material were subsequently distributed to the Alexander Architectural Archive, while book and journal volumes were transferred to the Architecture & Planning Library.
Atlee B. and Robert Ayres formed the father-son atelier Ayres & Ayres, Architects in 1924. The practice enjoyed an over 50-year history that included developing a number of iconic buildings in San Antonio and throughout Texas.
The library generated to support that practice encompasses a wide range of architectural knowledge, consisting of building monographs and typological and technical treatises. Notably, these items focus on western traditions in architecture, indicating a taxonomic preoccupation with historicizing modes of architectural representation that informed the San Antonio-brand of Spanish mission revival popularized by the Ayres. In addition, the collection contains a number of professional journals, competition manuals, and materials catalogs. Most of these titles can be located in the Architecture & Planning Library Special Collection.
Supported by the John Greene Taylor Endowment, provenance notes have been added to titles in the collection in order to facilitate greater access to the Ayres & Ayres, Architects Records. This project was completed by Ashley Chadwick over three summers between 2010 and 2012.
- Alexander Architectural Archive: Finding Aid for the Ayres & Ayres, Architects Records
- Architecture and Planning Library: Books from the Ayres & Ayres, Architects Records
- Battle Hall Highlights Blog: Treasures from the Ayres & Ayres Architects Records (to see all blog posts, use the tag Ayres & Ayres Architects)
- Professor Emeritus Robert James Coote's Eclectic Odyssey of Atlee B. Ayres, Architect.