Joseph Stauffer Library, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario (1990-1994)

Joseph Stauffer Library, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario (1990-1994)

Part of


  • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)
  • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (architectural firm)
  • Moffat Kinoshita Associates (consulting architectural firm)


Joseph Stauffer Library, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario (1990-1994)

Dates of creation


Level of archival description


Extent and Medium

  • 1,831 drawings (including reprographic copies)
  • 5 photographs
  • 2 paintings
  • 0.003 l.m. of textual records

Scope and Content

This project series documents the Joseph Stauffer Library at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario from 1990-1994. The office identified the project number as 9011.

This project was the winning entry of a national design competition and was completed with Thomas Payne at its head and with the firm Moffat Kinoshita Associates acting as consulting architects. Located at the corner of Alfred and University Streets, the project consisted of a new 200,000 square foot library for the campus. Influenced by the surrounding gothic collegiate buildings, the library's exteriors focused on vertical, upward movement and had rich textures created by limestone, copper flashing and wood window frames and entrance screens. The library's main entrance at the Union Street and University Street corner was a rotunda that featured a fireplace-lined reading room on the second floor. Other reading rooms and a café lined the building's exterior, while the main library stacks were housed in the core of the building. Wood panelling was disbursed amongst the walls to add warmth to the buildings interior. This project also included plans to expand the library in the following decades. This project received a Governor General's Award in Architecture in 1997.

This project is recorded through drawings, photographs, presentation paintings and textual records dating from 1990-1994. The drawings are mostly originals and include sketches, presentation drawings, plans, elevations, sections, perspectives, details and axonometric drawings. The photographs show the finished building, while the textual records consist of publicity on the building and the program description.

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Materials in this project series have been compiled from multiple accessions and some have been arranged by material type.


Kingston Ontario Canada


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