Texas Architect March/April 2006

Published by the Texas Society of Architects since 1950, the magazine has consistently showcased outstanding architectural design from around the state and chronicled significant events relevant to the profession.

Venerable Adobe

by: Stephen Sharpe

Modernity has not been kind to old adobe structures. Since the 1920s, patching adobe with cement was a common technique to preserve historic churches, forts, and haciendas across the arid Southwest. That practice has turned out to be disastrous for those buildings because the cement traps water inside adobe walls as the sun-dried mud bricks wick moisture up from the ground. Adobe allows that water to evaporate, but it cannot escape if the wall’s surface is impermeable.

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AIA Houston Design Collection at the MFAH

AIA Houston, in conjunction with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, has created a special collection to spotlight significant works of twentieth-century modern furniture and other household objects. By featuring classic examples from the period, the local chapter hopes to inform the public about the important roles of architects.

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Recovery Along Mississippi’s Coast

by: Michael Imber

In 1969 Hurricane Camille hit Mississippi coastline with such destructive force that left not only deep physical scars, but wrought social and political damage that lasted decades. All along the Gulf shore, town centers withered and suburban development sprawled inland like an uncontrollable cancer.

Michael Imber, AIA
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Vision Restored

by: Ben Heimsath
Architect: Ford Powell & Carson Architects and Planners

Clara Driscoll’s spirit looms over Laguna Gloria, her 1916 Mediterranean-style villa set along the banks of the Colorado River in Austin. Though she died in 1945, her personal touch remains palpable throughout the five-story house she and her husband Harry Sevier, a former state legislator, built on 28 acres formerly owned by Stephen F. Austin. The grounds in particular still bear her imprint, featuring landscaping inspired by gardens she had enjoyed while traveling in England and Italy.

Matthew Fuller; courtesy tbg partners
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History In the Cards

by: Agnes Warren Barnes

The first recollection I have of being interested in postcards was being sick and sitting on my bed looking at my parents’ old linen cards. Later in life, when my husband was working on his stamp collection, I became interested in the postcards he had in his stamp library. This quickly turned into a hobby for me.

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