Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast (Hardcover)
The architectural history of Texas spans more than 300 years of European settlement and 10,000 years of habitation by native peoples. The incredibly diverse natural landscape and equally varied built environment has produced an architectural heritage of national and international stature. This book, the first of two volumes devoted to the Lone Star State, covers the central, southern, and Gulf Coast regions (the earliest areas of Spanish and Anglo settlement and the majority of the counties that won independence from Mexico in 1836) and includes four major cities--Austin, Corpus Christi, Houston, and San Antonio. The authors consider the contributions made by various cultures--Native American, Spanish, Mexican, Anglo, African American, German, Czech, Polish, and Italian--to the state's rich architectural heritage. More than 1,000 building entries canvass the most important and representative examples of Spanish missions, log cabins, German stone houses, Victorian courthouses, Moderne stores, contemporary ranch houses, modern skyscrapers, postmodern retail strips, and incursions by internationally renowned architects. With the burgeoning interest in heritage tourism, this in-depth guide--enlivened by 351 illustrations and 50 maps--will satisfy the curiosity of both local and out-of-state visitors, bringing new energy to the state's promising preservation movement.
About the Author
W. Dwayne Jones is executive director of Galveston Historical Foundation. He has authored numerous articles on the development of auto tourism in Texas and the nation in the early 20th century. Jami Durham is a Galveston historian and longtime employee of Galveston Historical Foundation, working in its museum properties, historical research, and event planning.
?Galveston Historical Foundation is one of the largest historic preservation nonprofit organizations in the United States. It traces its formation to the Galveston Historical Society, created in 1871, which merged with the Galveston Historical Foundation, organized in 1954. Today, Galveston Historical Foundation has over 3,000 members, operates or manages 15 historic properties and vessels, and hosts more than 250,000 tourists each year in its museums and special events. Its highly acclaimed preservation programs for historic buildings and neighborhoods on the island keep the architecture and history of Galveston alive for the future.