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Preservation Texas Announces 2014 Most Endangered Places

On May 20, Preservation Texas announced its list of the Most Endangered Places in Texas for 2014. Twelve sites made the list, which aims to raise awareness of threatened historical structures to encourage local action while there is still time.

May 22, 2014

TxA 2014 Design Awards Announced

We are pleased to announce the recipients of our 2014 Design Awards. Sixteen projects were selected from among 221 entries. This year's jurors were: Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, of Marlon Blackwell Architect in Fayetteville, Ark.; Andrea P. Leers, FAIA, of Leers Weinzapfel Associates in Boston; Tim Love, AIA, of Utile in Boston; and Mark Reddington, FAIA, of LMN Architects in Seattle.

May 13, 2014

Austin 1964! Preservation Austin Homes Tour

On Saturday, April 5, Preservation Austin will host its 22nd Annual Homes Tour, "Austin 1964!" The event will focus on mid-1960s residences.

March 21, 2014

PubCom Travels To Tyler

On March 8-9, the Society's Publications Committee met in historic Tyler, Texas, for its annual retreat. Charlie Burris, AIA, reports on the weekend's events — and the area's rich architectural history.

March 14, 2013

The Monterey

A former gas station turned gastropub, The Monterey is helping to create a culinary outpost in San Antonio’s Southtown district. Designed by Poteet Architects and Wiese Hefty Design Build, the scheme for this highly praised restaurant transformed the dilapidated storefront of a former Sunglo Service Station with a clean mid-century aesthetic, a large inviting patio, and an innovative menu.

November 20, 2012

Magazine Articles

Live Large, Think Big

by: Michael Friebele, Assoc. AIA

When it comes to the development of marque hotels, no city does it bigger and with more attention than Dallas. Downtown Dallas has a rich history of hotel development, from the Adolphus, built in the early 20th century to respond to Dallas’ booming growth, to the roots of Conrad Hilton, to the mid-century hotel boom that saw the development of the Southland Life Sheraton and the Statler Hilton.

Charles Davis Smith, AIA; Jacob Tindall
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UT Austin Visual Arts Center

by: Thomas Hayne Upchurch, AIA

In the past there has been a sense of aloofness characterizing the Art Building on the UT Austin campus. Located on the northeast corner of San Jacinto and 23rd Street, across from Royal–Memorial Stadium, the two-story building has stood at a distance from the public. Although its main entry on the west side was connected to street level by a prominent exterior stair, the building’s solid volumes revealed little about its interior activities. Yet the south elevation of this mid-century modern building expressed a slight undulation in the soft orange brick veneer, rising to a cap of contrasting white concrete barrel vaults. These details created a bit of visual interest and a hint of greater possibilities within.

Frank Ooms
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Tour Spotlights Mid-Century Beaumont

by: Stephen Fox

A recent t our sponsored by Houston Mod, a design advocacy group, highlighted the residential architecture of Beaumont’s leading mid-century modernists. The day trip was the culmination of a series of events highlighting April as Modern Month, in which affiliates of the international DoCo-MoMo (Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement) celebrated modern heritage locally and regionally.

Top Photo Courtesy Houston Mod; Bottom Photo by Gerald Moorhead, FAIA
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Binion Elementary

by: Susan Butler
Architect: HKS

The new 88,000-sf Jack C. Binion Elementary School in Richland Hills near Fort Worth solved Birdville IS D’s severe lack of space. Prior to the August 2008 completion of the $11 million project, 21 portable classrooms had been in use.

Blake Marvin
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Suburban Revolution

by: Gregory Ibanez

During our now-passed housing boom, it certainly felt as though the appreciation of Modern residential design gained wider acceptance, as evidenced by the emergence of Dwell magazine and the resurgence of classic mid-century furniture. It has long been the architect’s lament that if consumers really had a choice, many would prefer contemporary, architect-designed homes instead of those ubiquitous builder McMansions. Two ambitious and important developments in Dallas, Kessler Woods and Urban Reserve, set out to prove this point.

Photo at left by Jason Franzen, ©2008 Buchanan Architecture; photo at right by James F. Wilson courtesy Talley Associates
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