Austin History Center

Robert Kaler Drawings and Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Kaler, Robert
Title: Robert Kaler Drawings and Photographs
Inclusive Dates: 1981-2000
Abstract: Robert Kaler is an Austin area architect that began practicing in Texas in the 1960s. Included in the collection are seventeen sets of drawings for residential projects designed in the 1980s through the 2000s and photographic images of the construction progress of a residence in Horseshoe Bay, TX.
Identification: AR.2011.033
Quantity: 1 flat file drawer (478 drawings) and 22 sheets of negatives (approximately 140)
Location: Architectural archives and Outer Vault
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Robert Kaler was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on April 22, 1943. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1969 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

Professional career:

  • 1962-1964 John A. Kaler, Designer-Builder, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1968-1970 R. G. Roessner, Architect, Austin, Texas
  • 1970 Ford, Powell and Carson, Architects, San Antonio, Texas
  • 1971-1973 John A. Kaler, Designer-Builder, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1973 Robert C. Kaler, Designer, Austin, Texas (self-employed)
  • 1974-1975 Page Sutherland Page, Architects, Austin, Texas
  • 1975-1976 Robert C. Kaler, Designer, Austin, Texas (self-employed)
  • 1976-1979 Hill Country Design and Construction
  • 1979-1981 Robert C. Kaler, Designer, Austin, Texas (self-employed)
  • 1981-1988 Kinney Kaler Sanders and Crews, Austin, Texas
  • 1989-current Robert C. Kaler, Designer, Austin, Texas (self-employed)

Kaler's professional career includes work in architectural design, master planning, draftsmanship, and project management. He has experience in a full range of projects including residential, commercial, educational, public, and medical buildings, as well as outdoor space design and planning. Specific examples include: a master plan for Dripping Springs, Texas; master plan for West Bull Creek Regional Hike and Bike Trail; Island on Lake Travis community of 400 homes; prototype multiplex auditorium; Lucas Film Luminaire; the Athenium office facility; and Bob Wents Park at Windy Point. Later in his career Kaler turned his focus to residential projects.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 478 drawings, representing seventeen residential projects. All the drawings, from the schematic designs to the final construction drawings, are drawn by hand. Most of the sets include schematic design sketches and drawings that are used to communicate with the client and the construction drawings which are the basis of a contract for construction by others. The majority of residences are located in the Central Texas area. In addition, there are a series of construction progress photographs (negatives) for the addition to the Massad residence in Horseshoe Bay, Texas.


Arranged by material type.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Kaler, Robert.
Massad, Alex.
Massad, Dee.
Robert Kaler, Architect.
Austin (Tex.)
Horseshoe Bay (Tex.)
Lakeway (Tex.)
Leander (Tex.)
Document Types:
Architectural drawings.

Related Material

Architectural drawings and project files for Kinney Kaler Sanders and Crews and Kinney Kaler Crews are also represented in the Architectural Archives.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert Kaler Drawings and Photographs (AR.2011.033). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2003/001

Donation Date: 2005, 2011

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Architectural Drawings, 1981-2000

Located in the Architectural Archives flat files. See the Architectural Archives database for access to specific drawings. View a spreadsheet of the drawings here

II. Photographic Materials, 1992

Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Negatives drawer Massad residence addition construction negatives, 1992