The CCA holds one of the world’s foremost international research collections of publications, conceptual studies, drawings, plans, models, prints, photographs, related artefacts and ephemera, archives and oral histories of individual architects.

The Collection now comprises over half a million examples that testify to the diverse ways in which architecture has been imagined, conceived, observed, and transformed for the past six centuries.

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Researchers may consult the Collection in the Library Reading Room by contacting Collection Reference. For information about reproductions from the Collection, contact Rights and Reproductions.

For information on loans of objects for exhibitions, please see the Policy on Lending CCA Objects for Temporary Exhibitions.

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The Grand Palais during the First World War

On 14 September 1914, Henri Deglane, the architect conservator of the Grand Palais, was ordered by the military government of Paris to convert... read more
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prints and drawings

Sketches of the Großes Schauspielhaus

These sketches capture Hans Poelzig’s early vision for the Großes Schauspielhaus theatre, complete with stalactite-like ornaments bearing... read more
about prints and drawings


A first look at the Pierre Jeanneret archive

The advent of architectural modernity in relation to urbanization is a significant focus of the CCA Collection. The addition of the personal... read more
about the archives


Trade catalogues: Hints on Modern House Painting

A century ago, long before its toxic qualities became widely known, asbestos was considered something of a miracle. Extremely fire resistant... read more
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artefacts and media

Lives and Times of the Plateau

Home to the highest concentration of artists in North America, Montreal's Plateau Mont-Royal has come a long way from its native roots as... read more
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selections from CCA collection

In November 1973 Gordon Matta-Clark was invited by curator Paolo Minetti of Galleriaforma to exhibit in Genoa, Italy. Minetti offered him... read more

In 1951 the mayor of Ahmedabad, Chinubhai Chimanbhai, invited Le Corbusier to design a new house for the mayor on a site on the west bank... read more