Texas Architect May/June 2013

This issue on historic preservation illustrates the many facets of the field, including restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse. The articles explore how preservation can successfully work in tandem with sustainable and contemporary design while maintaining the integrity of historic buildings.

Preservation: The Past Meets the Present

by: Catherine Gavin

Courthouse and main street restoration programs are an exciting facet of historic preservation, but they generally represent the more traditional side of the field. This issue explores preservation in the context of rehabilitation, adaptive reuse, and contemporary design, illustrating how these projects can in fact meet prescribed sustainability standards.

Brantley Hightower, AIA
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Streets, Plazas, Stairs

by: J. Sinclair Black, FAIA

Built into a bowl between the mountains, the topography of the historic town of Taxco, Mexico is radical, and the streets are not only narrow, but also extremely steep.

sketch by J. Sinclair Black, FAIA
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4415 Perry Street

by: Filo Castore, AIA

Designed by Val Glitsch, FAIA, for New Hope Housing — an independent nonprofit organization that offers quality, affordable single-room occupancy (SRO) housing to low-income-earning adults — 4415 Perry Street in Houston is a sustainable solution for an underserved population.

Hiebert Photography & Professional Imaging
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Irreconcilable Differences Resolved

by: Lawrence Connolly, AIA

The new United States Federal Courthouse in Austin designed by Mack Sogin Merrill Elam Architects meets a stringent security design paradigm and is flooded with natural light. This unconventional civic structure is perfect for Austin’s sensibilities.

Casey Dunn
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A Romanesque Rebirth

by: J. Brantley Hightower, AIA

The 1899 Comal County Courthouse in New Braunfels is the latest addition to the list of restored Texas courthouses. Originally designed by James Riely Gordon, Austin-based Volz & Associates fully restored the original design and finishes.

Brian Mihealsick; Brantley Hightower, AIA
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In the Trenches with Emily Little, FAIA

by: Canan Yetmen

Judging by the dozens of construction projects currently underway in Austin’s historic core, preservation architect Emily Little, FAIA, won’t be getting bored any time soon.

Nicole Mlakar
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Uncovering Spanish Frescos

by: Rebecca Roberts

The discovery of original Spanish frescos in San Antonio’s Mission Concepción guided the restoration of the interior led by Carolyn Peterson, FAIA, of Ford, Powell & Carson.

MARK MENJIVAR
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