Texas Architect September/October 2008
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.
In theory, the task of selecting the TSA 25-Year Award is fairly simple. The jury’s work this year, however, posed a dilemma—to recognize the best of the lot or to reject it because of tragic events in its past. Of the five nominees one clearly stood out. But as magnificent as the Fort Worth Water Gardens is, no one who knows the park’s history can brush aside the fact that six people have died in accidents there since its opening in 1974.
Standing Tall in Beaumont Since 1906, Home’s Large Columns Being Restored
The latest stage in the ongoing restoration of the 1906 McFaddin-Ward House in Beaumont will return the Beaux Arts Colonial Revival structure’s four 22-foot-tall Ionic columns of the front porch to their original condition. A century of exposure to the tropical Gulf Coast climate has rusted iron anchors and rotted cypress column, capital, and base components. Oak Grove Restoration Company of Laytonsville, Maryland, is directing the work.
Lessons from Rome
“Lessons from Rome” explores the enduring impact of the ancient metropolis on Robert Venturi, Tod Williams, Thomas Phifer, and Paul Lewis. The four architects are Fellows of the American Academy in Rome (AAR) whose experiences there continue to inform their design work. Curated and produced by Smilja Milovanovic-Bertram, an assistant professor at the UT Austin School of Architecture, the exhibition juxtaposes photographs of Rome with images of the architects’ subsequent work. The exhibition, funded through grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Visual Studies and UT Austin, opens on Oct. 20 at Texas A&M University’s College of Architecture.
This year’s jury event comprised an 11-hour marathon that resulted in the selection of 15 Design Awards and four Studio Awards. Meeting on June 27 in the TSA conference room, the three jurors began their work at 8:30 a.m.
Indian Bean Guesthouse
Architect: FARO STUDIO
About an hour outside of Louisville, Kentucky, on 250 acres of rolling fields, a former tobacco farm plays host for a family’s weekend retreats—and now for their friends, too.
When architects from Leo A Daly’s Dallas office and engineers from its sister company, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam in Houston, were tasked with designing a transportation facility for the Houston Independent School District, all parties concluded that it was an opportunity to set a new standard in industrial building design.