Texas Architect May/June 2009
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.
McNay’s French Connection
In his native France, Jean Paul Viguier is known for his modernist rigor in designing projects for clients ranging from cultural institutions to multinational corporations. However, Viguier was almost unknown in the U.S. when the McNay Art Museum commissioned him to design a much-needed expansion.
State Awaits Funds for Governor’s Mansion
Ten months after an arsonist set the Governor’s Mansion ablaze, devastating one of the state’s most cherished historic artifacts, officials were awaiting action by the Texas Legislature in mid-April on a request for $27 million to restore the historic residence.
Language in the Landscape
The rural Southwest provides a place for landscape to wordlessly tell stories, reveal history, and offer solace. A few hours spent “listening” to this landscape reminds us that our spoken and written languages are human constructs.
Jean-Paul Viguier’s Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio represents the latest example of what has become a growing typology in the state—the art museum with a glass ceiling. This development might seem odd in a state known for its blisteringly hot summers and intense sunlight, but the concept of lighting works of art from above is not a particularly new development.
Architect: Poteet Architects
When Jim Poteet , AIA, of Poteet Architects converted a derelict 1940s-era auto paint shop into an art studio for noted San Antonio arts patron Linda Pace, he had no way of knowing he would be redesigning that same space just a few months later. Sadly, Pace passed away from breast cancer in 2007, only six months after her new studio was completed. Three months after her death, Poteet was asked to redesign the space as offices for the Pace Foundation, a nonprofit established by Pace prior to her death. The Foundation is dedicated to the display and loan of her renowned contemporary art collection; facilitating the artist-in-residence program at Artpace; and maintaining CHRISpark, the adjacent urban park.