The Library has been generously gifted English architect William Butterfield’s original drawings of St. Paul’s Cathedral, one of the city's most iconic structures and his final masterpiece.
The funds raised for this appeal will allow us to undertake the conservation and preservation of these extraordinary works and ensure the story of this architectural landmark lives on in the State Collection.
Melbourne’s streets are lined with world-class architecture which over the years has shaped the development of this city and its unique identity.
These to-scale drawings – some up to six metres long – were provided as plans for local builders as they brought Butterfield's distinctive Gothic Revival designs to life. The collection is made up of 154 drawings, with the earliest design delivered in 1878.
They tell a fascinating story that helped shape one of the busiest intersections in the country and forever changed Melbourne’s cityscape.
While State Library Victoria has been gifted these architectural plans, they are in very poor condition.
The drawings are now close to 150 years old and in a perilously fragile state.
With your support, we will capture the story and records of these drawings in Victoria's collective memory, the State Collection.
Every donation, large or small, makes a world of difference.
Your support helps us build and share the Library’s collection, present free public programs and exhibitions, and provide all Victorians with access to the world’s best knowledge and resources.
Learn more about the impact of these donations on the work and programs of State Library Victoria.