photos courtesy of Bryan Frazier
The Architectural Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Texas State Parks
Cynthia Brandimarte, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Angela Reed, Preservation Austin
Friday, November 8, 2013
8:00 am - 9:15 am
Class Code: 49
Room / Location
Room 202 AB / Convention Center Second Floor
Between 1933 and 1942, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) employed 50,000 men, who constructed trails, cabins, concession buildings, bathhouses, dance pavilions, a hotel, and a motor court. Before they arrived, the state's parklands consisted of fourteen parks on about 800 acres, but by the end of World War II, CCC workers had helped create a system of forty-eight parks on almost 60,000 acres throughout Texas.
Accompanied by many never-published images that reveal all aspects of the CCC in Texas, from architectural drawings to camp life, this session will explore the formation and development of the CCC and its design philosophy, the building of the parks and the daily experiences of the workers, the completion and management of the parks in the first decades after the war, and the ongoing process of maintaining and preserving the iconic structures that define the rustic, handcrafted look of the CCC. Dr. Brandimarte and Reed will profile a number of the twenty-nine parks, providing background and information on the design of the structures, the CCC company, the dates of CCC activity, and the CCC-built structures still existing within the park.
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