W. E. Kemp's School Buildings, 1880-1896: "Seed-germ of the Australian architecture of the future"?

University of Queensland Press
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Fabrications, 2009, 19 (1), pp. 96 - 121
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The Editor of the Australasian Builder and Contractor's News in 1893 suggested that William Edmund Kemp's work as the Architect for the Department of Public Instruction (1880-1896) might be considered "the seed-germ of the Australian architecture of the future". Kemp's school designs broke with the Gothic tradition to introduce new architectural styles, incorporated natural lighting and ventilation systems, and used affordable, local materials. This paper examines the effectiveness and functionality of his innovative designs in the context of late-nineteenth century and early-twentieth century standards for school buildings. Kemp's contribution to the formation of an Australian style is also considered.
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