University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

Roland Gommel Roessner:

An Inventory of his Records, Photographic Material, and Drawings, 1935-1991



Collection Summary

Creator:Roessner, Roland Gommel, 1911-2001
Title:Roland Gommel Roessner (1911-2001) Photographic material, Records, and Drawings; Residential architecture in Austin, Texas
Dates:1935-1991
Abstract:Roessner was a resident architect, professor in the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture (1948-1982), responsible for establishing the school's Professional Residency Program and early user of computers to augment teaching. This group highlights Roessner's two careers, academic and architectural design, from 1936 to 1991. Bulk of material consists of 35 mm slides (591) which document a portion of Roessner's completed work; scrapbooks consist of his portfolios and show events such as awards ceremonies; magazines (1954-1987) and architectural drawings for three projects illustrate Roessner's residential work in Austin; brochures and published articles show Roessner's work at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture with emphasis on his work in computer-augmented teaching of architecture management.
Identification:RR 1986023; 1988004; 1992011; 2000032; 2010026
Quantity: .83 linear feet of archival material, 591 - 35mm slides, 262 photographs, 28 sheets drawings
Language:Materials are in English.
Repository:Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Biographical Sketch of Roland Gommel Roessner (1911-2001)

Roland Gommel Roessner received his bachelor of architecture degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1935 and his master's from the University of Cincinnati in 1942. After serving in World War II, Roessner practiced in St. Petersburg, Florida, before joining the faculty of the University of Texas School of Architecture (UTSOA) in 1948. Roessner, who successfully combined teaching with a professional career, realized the importance of integrating practical experience with a strong theoretical foundation. He was responsible for establishing the school's Professional Residency Program, which provided the students with on-the-job training within the profession before the completion of their degrees. Roessner's early use of computers to augment teaching included a project for teaching management processes in architecture.

Roessner's ability to create spaces that preserved the client's privacy while maintaining an openness in plan garnered for him numerous design awards. His graceful design for the George Thorne House (1953) received Newsweek 's 1955 House of the Year Award. His talent for flexible planning on restricted sites is perhaps best illustrated by The Oaks Apartments (1962) which provided each apartment, grouped around an intimate, secluded courtyard, with its own private balcony and view. This sensitive project, which carefully preserved the site's beautiful oak trees, received an AIA Award of Merit in 1965. Roessner's other projects included the Foster Residence (1963), the RGK Foundation Building (1980), and the Southwestern Bell Telephone Building in Corpus Christi (1981). Roessner was named professor emeritus in 1983 and an endowed Centennial Professorship was established in his name at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an AIA Fellow.

-Lila Stillson

-From: "Texas 50." Texas Architect (Nov./Dec. 1989): p. 69.


Scope and Content of the collection

A resume, published articles, brochures, magazines, slides, and architectural drawings highlight both the academic and architectural design careers of Roland Gommel Roessner. A History of Austin Architects and Architecture: 1934-1986 and one unidentified photograph are also contained in this record group.

The brochures demonstrate Roessner's participation in state-wide exhibits and academic programs at the University of Texas School of Architecture. One firm brochure of the Oaks Apartments concludes this series. Magazines (1954-1987, with gaps) illustrate Roessner's residential work in Austin. The bulk of the material consists of 35 mm slides of private residences, apartments, businesses, and some floor plans which Roessner designed. The images are identified using the resident owner's name; they are not dated (see series list). Roessner disposed of most of his older drawings by returning them to his clients. The collection does include architectural drawings for three Austin residences designed by Roessner.

Roessner's most extensive written work, Architect Client: An Experiment in Computer-Augmented Teaching of Architecture Management (ca. 1968) was co-authored by Thomas E. Burke, a research associate at the College of Business Administration at the University of Texas at Austin. The publication contains the results of a project, begun in 1965, focusing on the development of a computer program to introduce prospective clients to the various phases and decisions related to residential design and construction.

Added to the collection in December 1992: Series H contains the contents of seventeen scrapbooks. The material was removed from the scrapbooks and photo albums and rehoused in mylar sleeves and acid free folders. Six of the notebooks contained portfolios from different stages of Roessner's career (1955-1983), highlighting an assortment of projects. Three albums contained clippings, photographs and contest entry forms concerning design awards which Roessner won.

Two albums were dedicated to the Roland Gommel Roessner Centennial Professorship in Architecture which was established in 1983. Photographs were from the luncheon held in his honor; clippings, letters and brochures give further information about the award. Two notebooks contained photographs of Roessner's early work (1935-1942); most of the buildings are unidentified. Two notebooks were filled with newspaper and magazine clippings (1946-1980). One notebook was dedicated solely to the RGK Foundation Building. One scrapbook contained a varied assortment of photographs of people.


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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Texas Online Catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons:
Roessner, Roland Gommel, 1911-2001 --Archives.
Subjects:
University of Texas. School of Architecture.
Architecture--Texas--Austin.
Schools of architecture--Faculty--Texas.
Architecture--Study and teaching--Texas.
Computer-assisted instruction--Texas.
Architecture, Domestic--Texas
Modernist buildings.
Document types:
Architectural drawings
Scrapbooks
Photograph albums
Photoprints
Slides

Administrative Information

Citation

Roland Gommel Roessner (1911-2001) Records, photographs and slides, 1935-1991, with gaps. Residential architecture in Austin, Texas. Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Drawings processed by: Kathy Martinson, October 1992; Nancy Sparrow, February 1993


Other Finding Aids

Unpublished inventory in Archive.


References to works by or about Roland Gommel Roessner (1911-2001)

Note: See Detailed description of the collection, Series F for additional citations.

"A.I.A. Fellows." Texas Architect 18, no. 8 (Aug. 1968): p. 10.

American Architects Directory. New York: R. R. Bowker, 1962 & 1970.

"Foster Residence." Texas Architect 18, no. 8 (Aug. 1968): p. 19.

"Houses: Architectural Record's Building Types No. 222." Architectural Record 117 (May 1955): p. 155-56.

"Oaks Apartments." Texas Architect 15, no. 1 (Jan. 1965): p. 14-17.

Roessner, R. Gommel. "Developer's Housing 1966." Architecture and Building News 229, no. 7 (1966): p. 291-306.

Roessner, R. Gommel. "Doctor's Clinic." Progressive Architecture 29 (Dec. 1948): p. 61-72.


Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series A: Personal Papers

Series Abstract
The personal papers series contains Roessner's resume, 1983.
boxfolder
11Resume (1983)



Series B: Published Material

Series Abstract
The Published Materials series contains publications by or about Roessner.
boxfolder
12Burke, Thomas and R. Gommel Roessner. Architect Client (ca. 1968)
3Roessner, Roland. "Are We Preparing Future Architects?" Journal of the American Institute of Architects (Jan. 1950): p. 37-8.



Series C: Brochures

Series Abstract
The brochures series demonstrates Roessner's participation in state-wide exhibits and academic programs at the University of Texas School of Architecture. One firm brochure of the Oaks Apartments concludes this series.
boxfolder
14Texas Aggregate Research Project, 1968, R. Roessner Prof. Advisor in Charge.
5Professional Residency Program, UTSOA
6Proposed Roessner Centennial Professorship, fund raising brochure.
7Oaks Apartments (n.d.), firm brochure.
8Texas Architecture, 1953 Exhibit.
9State Fair of Texas, Art Exhibition, 1953.
10Austin: Its Architects and Architecture, 1986. Exhibit, Austin History Center.



Series D: Book

Series Abstract
The Book series contains a single publication on Austin architecture that features Roessner on p. 86.
boxfolder
111Austin: Its Architects and Architecture: 1934-1986 (featured on p. 86)



Series E: Photographs

boxfolder
112The Oaks (apartments), 801 East 21st Street, Austin, Texas (1 image, n.d.)



Series F: Magazines

Series Abstract
The Magazines series (1954-1987, with gaps) primarily illustrate Roessner's residential work in Austin.
boxfolder
113Architectural Record #209 (April 1954): p. 180.
14Nuestra Arquitectura Buenos Aires, #302 (Sept. 1954): p. 278-283.
15House and Home (August 1964): cover & p. 54-5.
16Miami Alumnus Miami University (April 1965): p. 8.
17A.I.A. Journal Honor Awards (July 1965): p. 42-3.
18Texas Architect (Jan. 1967): cover & p. 12-3.
19Neue Heimat (Apr. 1967): p. 35.
boxfolder
21Architectural Digest (Spring 1986): p. 24.
2House and Garden Building Guide (Fall 1969-70): p. 3 & 104.
3Alcalde (Jan./Feb. 1981): p. 17.
4Texas Architect (May / April 1981): p. 47.
5Ultra (July 1983): p. 71.
6Texas Homes (Oct. 1983): p. 19.
7Austin Homes and Gardens (Apr. 1984): p. 28.
8Austin Homes and Gardens (Jan. 1985): p. 34.
9Austin Homes and Gardens (June 1985): p. 17.
10Austin Homes and Gardens (April 1986): p. 43.
11Southern Living (Sept. 1986): p. 84.
12Austin Homes and Gardens (Feb. 1987): p. 31.



Series G: 35mm slides

Series Abstract
The 35 mm Slides series represents private residences, apartments, businesses, and some floor plans which Roessner designed. The images are identified using the resident owner's name; they are not dated.
boxfolder
31Roessner, R. Gommel; Residence
(20 images)
1Wilson, Judge William; Residence
(16 images)
1RGK Foundation Building
(30 images)
1Gautschi, Karl; Residence
(84 images)
2Gautschi, Karl; Residence
(15 images)
2Butler Telephone Exchange
(46 images)
2UT Football Complex, Newhaus & Royal Athletic Complex
(6 images)
2Roessner/Kozmetsky Ranch
(6 images)
2McGinnis, Robert; Residence
(4 images)
2Hughes, Alfred; Residence
(4 images)
2Pohl, Don; Residence
(4 images)
2Thorne, Lansing; Residence
(10 images)
3Taylor, Milton F.; Apartment, Dayton, Ohio, 1960
(10 images)
3Religious Models
(9 images)
3Thorne, Dr. Clifford; Residence, includes model
(9 images)
3Whittington Harry; Residence
(21 images)
3Bagget, Dr. Sheldon; Residence
(13 images)
3Goehr, Dr. Homer; Residence
(18 images)
3New, Arthur; Residence
(8 images)
3Ruud, Millard; Residence
(10 images)
3Pearce Junior High School
(5 images)
3Peek, Lillian (owner); Apartments
(4 images)
3Cottage, Lake Travis
(6 images)
3Shelby, Dr. David; Clinic
(12 images)
3Cunningham, Dr. William; Residence
(8 images)
3Lindenman, James; Residence
(3 images)
3Morris, Dr. Francis; Residence
(4 images)
4Morris, Dr. Francis; Residence
(7 images)
4Dennison, Dr. Robert; Residence
(18 images)
4Oaks Apartments, Donny Holmes, owner
(20 images)
4Burns, Dr. Harlan; Residence
(15 images)
4Foster, Glenn; Residence
(58 images)
4Lee, Prof. Addison; Residence
(9 images)
4King,- Alfred; Residence, also Kocurek residence
(20 images)



Series H: Scrapbooks

Series Abstract
The Scrapbooks series contains the contents of seventeen scrapbooks. Material was removed from the scrapbooks and photo albums and rehoused in mylar sleeves and acid free folders. Six of the notebooks contained portfolios from different stages of Roessner's career (1955-1983), highlighting an assortment of projects. Three albums contained clippings, photographs and contest entry forms concerning design awards which Roessner won.
Two albums were dedicated to the Roland Gommel Roessner Centennial Professorship in Architecture which was established in 1983. Photographs were from the luncheon held in his honor; clippings, letters and brochures give further information about the award. Two notebooks contained photographs of Roessner's early work (1935-1942); most of the buildings are unidentified. Two notebooks were filled with newspaper and magazine clippings (1946-1980). One notebook was dedicated solely to the RGK Foundation Building. One scrapbook contained a varied assortment of photographs of people.
boxfolder
41Roland G. Roessner, AIA; Portfolio (1955)
Portrait of Roessner
(1 image, 4×5 photograph)
Unidentified residence
(7 images, 8×10 photographs)
boxfolder
42Roland G. Roessner, AIA; Portfolio (1983)
Gautschi, Karl; Residence on Lake Travis
(5 images, 8×10 photographs)
Roessner/Kozmetsky; Ranch
(4 images, 8×10 photographs)
boxfolder
43Creer and Roessner; Portfolio (n.d.)
Raymondville High School
(4 images, 8×10 photographs)
Pearce Junior High School, Austin
(7 images, 8×10 photographs)
boxfolder
44Roland G. Roessner, AIA; Portfolio (n.d.)
Roessner receiving the TSA Design Award
(2 images, 8×10 photographs)
boxfolder
45Roland G. Roessner, AIA; Portfolio (n.d.)
Awards Banquets
(2 images, 8×10 photographs)
Roessner's Thesis Class on a visit to Monterrey, Mexico, 1950
(1 image, 11×14 photograph)
boxfolder
46Roland G. Roessner, AIA; Portfolio (n.d.)
Thorne, Clifford; Residence
(2 images, 8×10 photographs)
Southwestern Bell Building, Corpus Christi
(1 image, 8×10 photograph)
Oaks Apartments, Austin, 1983
(1 image, 8×10 photograph)
Burns, Harlan; Residence, 1956
(1 image, 8×10 photographs)
Whittington, Harry; Residence
(7 images, 5×7 photographs)
Roessner/Kozmetsky; Ranch
(2 images, 4×5 photographs)
Gautschi, Karl; Residence
(4 images, 4×5 photographs)
RGK Foundation Building
(8 images, 8×10 photographs)
boxfolder
47Some work of Roland G. Roessner from 1935-1942 [sic]
Unidentified residences (45 images, photographs of various sizes)
West Milton High School
(2 images, 6×11 photographs)
Emory Theatre
(2 images, 8×10 photographs)
Goshen High School
(1 image, 8×10 photograph)
Wayne Ave. School, Lockland O. [sic, probably Ohio]
(1 image, 6×7 photograph)
boxfolder
48RGK Foundation Building; Portfolio
1 image, 8×10 color photograph
10 images, 8×10 black and white photographs
5 images, 4×5 color photographs
20 images, color slides
boxfolder
49Design Awards
10Texas Society of Architects Design Award Roessner receiving the award
(2 images, 8×10 photographs)
11Foster, Glenn; Residence, Austin; Portfolio for the 1967 Homes for Better Living Program sponsored by the AIA
18 images, 8×10 photographs
12Roland Gommel Roessner Centennial
Professorship in Architecture (6/17/83)
Roessner receiving the award
(2 images, 8×10 photographs)
Remainder of the photographs show the luncheon served in Roessner's honor.
2 images, 5×7 photographs
3 images, 3×5 color photographs [1 of 2]
boxfolder
413Roland Gommel Roessner Centennial Professorship in Architecture (6/17/83)
20 images, 8×10 photographs [2 of 2]
boxfolder
51Clippings, October 1946 - November 1980
2General News Items, July 1953 - May 1968
3Photographs
Unidentified residences (71 images, photographs of various sizes)
boxfolder
54Scrapbook
Prof. and Mrs. Roessner at the Beaux Arts Ball
(1 image, 3×4 photograph)
Roessner with his FAIA medal
(1 image, 8×10 photograph)
Roessner's Thesis Class on a visit to Monterrey, Mexico, 1950
(1 image, 8×10 photograph)
Roessner and Creer with John Starnes, the winner of the 1962 Reynolds Aluminum Prize for Architectural students
(1 image, 8×10 photograph)
Prince of Siam and Roessner
(1 image, 8×10 photograph)



Series I: Mounted photographs (72 boards)

Series Abstract
The Mounted Photographs series contains black and white images (unless noted) mounted on illustration board measuring 20" X 15" in most cases. Collection file lists sizes. The size of the image varies. Photographs are numbered as if they were all stored in Box 6.
boxfolder
61Black, C.A.; Residence (verso =C2) 1985
2aBurns, Harlan; Residence, Austin 1955 interior
2bBurns, Harlan; Residence (verso=D1)
3aBurns, Harlan; Residence, View of Terrace (sepia), Austin (verso=D3) 1955
3bBurns, Harlan; Residence, View of Terrace (sepia), Austin (verso=D3) 1955
3cBurns, Harlan; Residence, View of Terrace (sepia), Austin (verso=D3) 1955
4Burns, Harlan; Residence, Austin, exterior-rear 1985
5Cunningham, William; Residence, Austin, exterior-front 1985
6Cunningham, William; Residence, Austin, exterior-rear 1985
7Cunningham, William; Residence, Austin, exterior-rear detail 1985
8Elliot, Bence; Residence, exterior-front 1959
9Elliot, Bence; Residence, interior (verso=A4) 1959
10Foster, Glenn; Residence, exterior--patio with pool (verso=D4) 1965
11Foster, Glenn; Residence--interior view, looking onto patio view from stairs (verso=E4) 1965
12Foster, Glenn; Residence--exterior views of their house 1965
13Foster, Glenn; Residence (verso: F4)--view from exterior patio looking in 1965
14aFoster, Glenn; Residence--exterior 1965
14bFoster, Glenn; Residence--interior fireplace 1965
15Goehr, Homer; Residence--detail on exterior 1965
16aGoehr, Homer; Residence (verso-B3)--exterior 1965
16bGoehr, Homer; Residence (verso-B2)--exterior front entrance 1965
17aGautachi, Karl; residence--exterior 1980
17b (bottom)Gautachi, Karl; residence, 1980--exterior, corner 1980
17b (top)Holmes, John B.; Apartment Gautachi, Karl; Residence--view of ceiling w/pool 1964
18Holmes, John B.; Apartment
19Holmes, John B.; Apartment (demolished)
20Holmes, John B.; Oaks Apartment--view of pool in courtyard (verso-C3) 1960
21Holmes, John B.; Apartment--detail of exterior stairs (sepia) 1964
22aHolmes, John B.; Apartment--exterior view of entrance (verso-B4) 1964
22bHolmes, John B.; Apartment--exterior view of entrance (verso-C1) 1964
23aHolmes, John B.; Apartment--view of courtyard swimming pool(verso-G) 1964
23bHolmes, John B.; Apartment--view of courtyard swimming pool(verso-G) 1964
24Hughes, Alfred; Residence, Austin 1986
25Hughes, Alfred; Residence--exterior and interior (living room), color 1986
26Hughes, Alfred; Residence--internal library color
27King, Alfred; Residence--detail of exterior
28aKozmetsky, George; R. G. K. Foundation--exterior view (verso-E3) 1980
28bKozmetsky, George; R. G. K. Foundation--exterior corner (verso-HC2) 1980
29aKozmetsky, Leo & Roessner, Roland; Retreat--exterior perspective (verso=HA5)
29bKozmetsky, Leo & Roessner, Roland; Retreat--entrance detail
30Lake Travis Guest House--detail of patio 1949
31Lake Travis Guest House--view of exterior walls and patio (verso-A1) 1949
32Lake Travis Guest House--detail of exterior (from carport) 1949
33Lee, Addison; Residence--detail of porch (sepia) 1958
34McGinnis, Robert; Residence--view of exterior 1950
35McGinnis, Robert; Residence--detail in porch and entrance 1950
36Peek, Lillian; Apartment Complex 1956
37Pohl, Donald, Residence--internal view (verso-A2)
38Raymondville High School--internal view of gym (verso-F2)
39aRoessner, Roland G.; Residence--exterior (verso-HA1) 1950
39bRoessner, Roland G.; Residence--interior (verso-HA1) 1950
40Roessner, Roland G.; Residence--view of interior from background (night scene) 1950
41Roessner, Roland G.; Residence--exterior closer view 1950
42Roessner, Roland G.; Residence--internal (verso-E2) 1950
43Roessner, Roland G.; Residence--exterior 1950
44Ruud, Millard; Residence
45Ruud, Millard; Residence--detail of exterior 1954
46Shelby, David; Doctors Office, Gonzalez, TX--exterior (verso-F1) 1954
47Shelby, David; Doctors Office, Gonzales, TX--courtyard (verso-A3)
48Taylor, Milton F.; Apartments--detail of entrance, exterior view (front) & (rear)(3 photos on one board) 1965
49Thorne, Clifford; Residence--exterior
50aThorne, Clifford; Residence--interior view sepia 1953
50bThorne, Clifford; Residence--duplicate interior view sepia 1953
50cThorne, Clifford; Residence--interior view 1953
51Thorne, Clifford; Residence--external view 1953
52Thorne, Clifford; Residence--from hillside) 1953
53Thorne, Lansing; Residence
54Thorne, Lansing; Residence--internal (hallway) 1954
55aWhittington, Harry (Mr & Mrs--exterior (verso-HB1) 1963
55bWhittington, Harry (Mr & Mrs--exterior (verso-HB4) 1985
55cWilson, Will; Residence--exterior entrance 1965
56aWilson, Will; Residence--view near exterior with pool 1966
56bWilson, Will; Residence--exterior 1966
Series J: Drawings
Series Abstract
The Drawings Series consists of 28 drawings and 10 pages of specifiations for three residential projects in Austin, Texas by R. Gommel Roessner. Although only one set of drawings contains date information, all projects appear to date from the 1950s.
Entries in the Drawings Series are indexed in alphabetical order by Client's name. If the client is not identifiable, the field will remain blank. Entries without client names are sorted by Project Name and listed before those that provide client's names. Furthermore, similar projects are sorted in chronological order by date. Project names are supplied by the cataloger, as title blocks on the drawings prove to be inconsistent and many drawings are not labeled. Project names may also have been adjusted to accommodate alphabetical sorting. Dates are offered if they can be derived from the drawings or gathered from other authoritative sources. The term "drawing" includes both original works (such as pencil on trace paper, or ink on tracing cloth) as well as copies (such as sepia prints, blue line prints, etc.).
Project name: Residence for Mr. and Mrs. James P. Ford.
Date on drawings:
Primary archt/firm: R. Gommel Roessner
Client: Ford, Mr. and Mrs. James P.
Street address: Farhills Dr.
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Residence for Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Foster.
Date on drawings:
Primary archt/firm: R. Gommel Roessner
Client: Foster, Mr. and Mrs Glenn
Street address: Pemberton Heights, Section LL (#7 Green Lanes)
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Residence for Mr. and Mrs. Patrick D. Moreland.
Date on drawings:
Primary archt/firm: R. Gommel Roessner
Client: Moreland, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick D.
Street address: 3420 Foothill Terr.
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.