Austin History Center

Arthur Fehr Papers and Drawings

An Inventory to the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Fehr, Arthur
Title: Arthur Fehr Papers and Drawings
Inclusive Dates: 1922-1997
Bulk Dates: 1935-1969
Abstract: Arthur Fehr was an Austin, Texas architect that practiced in the central Texas area from 1929 until his death in 1969. The collection contains architectural drawings by Fehr before he established a partnership with Charles Granger post-World War II, as well as a limited amount of personal, professional and office files dating from 1922 to 1997.
Identification: AR.2013.011
Quantity: .4 linear feet (1 box) and 2 flat file drawers (618 drawings)
Location: Architectural Archives
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Arthur Fehr was born in Austin, Texas in 1904. He graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 1925. He went on to perform graduate work at Columbia University, Beaux Arts Institute of Design and New York University. After some international travel and working for Kenneth Murchison in New York City and Harvey P. Smith in San Antonio, Texas Fehr went to work for the National Park Service at the Bastrop (Texas) State Park in 1934. In 1937 he received his first commission, the First English Lutheran Church, and opened his own office as an independent architect. A year later he hired Charles Granger, Jr., whom he had met while working for the National Park Service, as an associate. During World War II the practice was closed and Fehr worked as an architectural engineer with the War Department. In 1946 Fehr and Granger reopened the practice as partners and the firm experienced steady growth during the 1950s and 1960s with Fehr concentrating on the administrative side of the business and Granger in charge of the drafting room. The firm, known for their "progressive" or modern design style that paid attention to the local environment, received state and national recognition for their designs including the Progressive Architecture magazine Design Merit Award for the Cleveland Clinic (Austin; 1947); Texas Architecture magazine, State Fair of Texas, Award of Merit for the Sneed residence (Austin; 1953); Texas Architecture magazine, State Fair of Texas, Award of Merit for the O. Henry Junior High School (Austin; 1954); Texas Architecture magazine, State Fair of Texas, Award of Merit for the Clifton Hall, Texas Lutheran College (Seguin; 1953); and the Progressive Architecture magazine Design Award for the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport terminal building (Austin; 1959). Charles Granger died in an automobile accident in 1966 and Fehr continued to head the firm until his death from complications from pneumonia in 1969.

Fehr married Mary Jane Grant in 1939. The couple had three sons, Kilian, Grant and John. Fehr was active in the community, including work with St. David's Episcopal Church, Austin Symphony Orchestra Society, United Fund campaigns, Texas Society of Architects and the Austin chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Scope and Contents

The Arthur Fehr Papers and Drawings collection is divided into four series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Fehr & Granger Office Files and Project Files. The Personal Papers series (1922-1924, 1963-1968, 1985-1997, undated) includes biographical materials, recognition for his civic involvement, student work, writings and notes. Contained in the Professional Papers series (1929-1969, undated) are awards, correspondence, examples of his early work, his daybooks completed as architect for Bastrop State Park, materials related to his involvement in professional organizations and writings. The Fehr & Granger Office Files series (1955-1989) includes biographical information about members of the firm, policies and procedures documentation, cards and invitations, legal documents relating to Texas Delta Upsilon Foundation v. Fehr & Granger, and project marketing and publicity materials. Lastly, the Project Files series (1931-1941, 1956, 1967, undated) consists of approximately 618 drawings (81 sets), the majority of which were completed before the establishment of Fehr & Granger. Most of the drawings were completed by Arthur Fehr, but there are ten sets drawn by Charles Granger while an associate in Fehr's office pre-World War II. More than three-quarters of the drawings are designs for residential projects in central Texas. Also included are a few commercial, educational and ecclesiastical projects, including his first solo commission, the First English Lutheran Church. The photographic materials documenting Fehr's Austin projects were added to the Photographic Collection in 1991, see the Separated Materials section for locations. Photographs of unidentified or non-Austin buildings remain with the collection.


Arranged into four series:
I. Personal Papers
II. Professional Papers
III. Fehr & Granger Office Files
IV. Project Files


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Fehr, Arthur, 1904-1969.
Fehr, Mary Jane Grant, 1913-1996.
Granger, Charles, Jr., 1913-1966.
American Institute of Architects. Austin Chapter.
Fehr & Granger
Austin (Tex.)
Bastrop State Park (Tex.)
Document Types:
Architectural Drawings.
Photographic Materials.
Printed Materials.

Related Material

Austin Files

  • AF Biography: Fehr, Arthur
  • AF Biography: Granger, Charles, Jr.
  • AF Subject: Architects-Fehr & Granger A5600 (1)

Architectural Archives

  • AR.2009.014 Fehr & Granger and Emerson Fehr Records and Drawings - this collection contains the post-World War II drawings of the firm Fehr & Granger as well as photographic images of some of the buildings documented in this collection.
  • AR.2009.023 Rex Kitchen Records - local contractor
  • AR.2012.030 Chartier Newton Drawings

Additional Fehr & Granger drawings and photographic materials are archived at the University of Texas Alexander Architectural Archives.

Separated Material

Photographs-Austin Files

  • Christ Chapel Episcopal - AF Churches-Episcopal C3635 (13), PICA 25476-25481
  • Highland Park Elementary School - qAF Public Schools-Elementary P8300 (23), PICA 25485
  • Johnston High School - qAF Public Schools-High Schools P8680, PICA 25417
  • Meadowbrook Housing Project - qAF Housing Projects H4510 (4), PICA 25418
  • St. Stephen's School - qAF Private Schools-St. Stephen's P7265, PICA 25482-25484
  • Concordia Lutheran College - AF Concordia University C6200, PICA 25405-25415
  • St. Elmo-tel - AF Motels-St. Elmo-Tel M7700 (10), PICA 25471-25475
  • 209 W. 27th Street (Gregg House) - qHB 27th W. 209, PICH 07414
  • 403 E. 15th (Fehr & Granger Office Building) - qHB 15th E. 403, PICH 06739
  • 1209 Parkway (Cleveland Clinic) - qHB Parkway 1209, PICH 06740
  • 3714 Meredith (McGraw residence?) - qHB Meredith 3714, PICH 06746

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by the wife of the creator.

Preferred Citation

Arthur Fehr Records and Drawings (AR.2013.011). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1961/010

Donation Date: 1991

Processing Information

Drawings processed by Ida Scott in 1991-1992. Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Personal Papers, 1922-1997

Box Folder
1 1 Biographical information, 1985-1997, undated
2 Civic involvement, 1963-1968, undated
3 Student work - Beaux-Arts Institute of Design, 1922-1924
4 Writings, notes, assorted, 1967, undated

II. Professional Papers, 1929-1969

Box Folder
1 5 Awards-assorted, 1947-1963
Location Box
Arch qAR 2 Oversize award, 1960
Box Folder
1 6 Awards - Episcopal Theological Seminary, 1967, undated
7 Correspondence - assorted, 1929-1968
8 Correspondence from school children, 1962
9 Early work - assorted, 1929-1936
Location ArchitecturalArchives
Microfilm Room drawer Early work - Bastrop State Park daybooks, 1934-1937
Box Folder
1 10 Professional organizations, 1953-1969, undated
11 Writings, undated

III. Fehr & Granger Office Files, 1955-1989

Box Folder
1 12 Administrative files, 1970-1989, undated
13 Cards and invitation, 1955-1957
14 Legal - Texas Delta Upsilon Foundation v. Fehr & Granger, 1957-1958
15 Project marketing and publicity, 1964, undated

IV. Project Files, 1931-1941, 1954, 1956, 1967

Location Box
Arch qAR 2 Photographs and photo renderings, 1954, undated
Architectural Archives flat files Drawings, 1931-1941, 1956, 1967, undated
View an index of the architectural drawings here.