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Absence (and Renovation) Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

The TxA office, shiny and new after months of renovation – photo by Alyssa Morris After several eager attempts, the TxA staff have finally begun to move upstairs into our freshly constructed office space. While the communications team will miss the water feature in our temporary basement office (a persistently leaky dishwasher that provided us with an endless stream of water and entertainment), the windows we have gained more than make up for it. Many thanks to Flynn Construction for being excellent partners in the process.  As with any renovation project, there have been growing pains as we learn to navigate our new…

William Dupont, FAIA, Works to Preserve Hemingway’s Finca Vigia in Cuba

William Dupont, FAIA – photo courtesy UTSA William Dupont, FAIA, San Antonio Conservation Society Endowed Professor of Architecture and Director of the Center for Cultural Sustainability at The University of Texas at San Antonio, leads a consulting team who may be the only professional architects and preservationists allowed by both the U.S. and Cuban governments to work in Cuba. Even as the Obama administration has opened relations with the island nation, the opportunities for architects to work there are still almost nonexistent. Currently, Dupont is collaborating with a team of Cuban professionals at Hemingway’s Finca Vigia.  Hemingway lived at the house,…

Saving Texas’ Most Endangered Buildings

Preservation Day is an advocacy effort created and hosted by Preservation Texas to promote the protection and restoration of Texas historic buildings and places. The day included a review of funding for the Texas Historical Commission, advocacy training, a review of the organization's Most Endangered Places List and visits with senators and representatives. Anna Hudson, executive director for Preservation Texas, did a tremendous job in organizing the event, after just a little over one month in her new position. Preservation Texas held a press conference on the south steps of the Capitol, where it highlighted sites from the past 10…