AUSTIN: ITS ARCHITECTS AND ARCHITECTURE (1836-1986). Hank Todd Smith [Editor]. AIA, Austin Chapter, 1986.

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Hank Todd Smith [Editor]

Hank Todd Smith [Editor]: AUSTIN: ITS ARCHITECTS AND ARCHITECTURE (1836-1986). Austin, TX: American Institute of Architects, Austin Chapter, 1986. First edition. Slim quarto. Photo illustrated wrappers. 114 pp. 199 black and white photographs. Wrappers lightly edgeworn and rubbed. A very good or better copy of this important work.

8 x 11 softcover book with 114 pages and 199 black and white photographs. This book was part of a joint project of the Austin Chapter of American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Austin History Center, University of Texas Center for the Study of American Architecture, and the Heritage Society of Austin to celebrate Austin’s Sesquicentennial. The project in its entirety consisted of the creation of an architectural drawings collection at the Austin History Center, an exhibition of a selected portion of the drawings collected as a result of the project and the publication of a book about Austin’s architectural heritage from 1836 to 1986.

Austin, Its Architects and Architecture, 1836-1986 contains an essay on Austin architecture and its architects, photo reproductions of the works shown in the exhibit as well as brief biographical monographs on the key architects and firms that made up the architecture profession during this time period. The steering committee for the Sesquicentennial Project consisted of Ruth Parshall (Chair), Audray Bateman, Susan Hoover, Girard Kinney, John Lash, Peggy Pickle, Lila Stillson, Mike Petty and Ex Officio members Hal Box, Hank Smith and Allen McCree.

Includes work by Sinclair Black, SOM, Paul Philippe Cret, Oteri & Tisdale, Lawrence W. Speck, Eugene Wukasch, Chester Nagel, Roland Gommel Roessner,  Harwell Hamilton Harris, Fehr & Granger, Barnes, Landes, Goodman and Youngblood, Brooks, Barr, Graeber and White, Coffee, Crier and Schenck, C. H. Page and Son, Holt + Fatter + Scott, Kinney, Kaler, Sanders & Crews, Niggli and Gustafson, O'Connell Robertson Grobe, Page Brothers, Page, Southerland & Page, Renfro & Steinbomer, Shefelman and Nix, Wade + Associates and many others.

This volume will make you the life of the party as you recite the reasonably impressive architectural heritage of the Capitol of Texas while crowded around the Weber Grill in a tiny backyard, nursing your greivances and IPAs, wondering where all the cool people in the '04 have disappeared.