About The Butterfield Collection

We have been generously gifted English architect William Butterfield’s original drawings of St. Paul’s Cathedral.  ​

These to-scale drawings – some up to six metres long – were provided as plans for the local builders as they brought the distinctive Gothic Revival designs to life. 

They tell a fascinating story that helped shape one of the busiest intersections in the country and forever changed Melbourne’s cityscape. ​ 

The drawings are now close to 150 years old and in a perilously fragile state.

Our 2022 Appeal is raising funds to help conserve these extraordinary works and make them available to all Victorians now, and in the future.




Plan ahead before you visit

The Library is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Visit our website for more information on how to make the most of your visit.