The Stars are Big and Bright—Deep in the Heart of Texas

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      I have already learned from the list. I had the impression that there would be no way to begin making a list of outside architects’ contributions to Texan realms, and now I notice how very much “the urban growth machine” is a local operation. Despite the bigger tides of lending and public outlook that rule it, this knowledge of our own culpability in our trophy cityscape is a strange thing to feel now as I contemplate Houston – in its usual looseness, but rearranged, with its blank curtain walls reflecting something that I can’t help but accept as being more nearly personal than before.

      Glad to see you remember the Murchison Center armadillo in Denton and the Frito-Lay canyon campus. Here are some leads:
      Elijah Myers – Texas State Capitol, 1882-8. Also did Michigan, Idaho Territory, and Colorado.

      Fred Wilber (Williamsport, PA) – W.H. Stark House, Orange, 1894 – he designed another house locally, and no doubt you could double the length of our list by including the East Texas commissions for which current stylistic expertise existed only in cities of the South proper, before the era of Sanguinet & Staats
      {speaking of whether there was local skill:
      ??? – Praetorian Bldg., Dallas, 1908}

      Corlett and Welchons – some sources contend that this Hutchinson, KS, firm is responsible for Ochiltree County Courthouse, 1928. Other northern public buildings may have gone out of state too.

      John Scudder Adkins (Cincinnati)- Mansfield, the Colonel Alvin and Lucy Ball Owsley Home, Dallas, 1929

      (check this out!) Bruce Goff – Entrance Gate, Cemetery Tower and Burial Building, Brookside Burial Park, Houston, 1931 (unbuilt)

      Walter W. Ahlschlager – Mercantile National Bank, Dallas (1942or3)

      FL Wright – Rogers Lacy Hotel, Dallas, 1946 (first atrium lobby design, but stopped after sudden death of client)

      Bruce Goff – Jerry Alex Blakeley House, Highland Park, 1949 (2 unbuilt)

      Bruce Goff – the Round House (for Eddie Parker), Dallas, 1957-62 (way out of Durst-Gee’s league, to be honest)

      Harwell Hamilton Harris – 9624 Rockbrook, Dallas (please let me know if you go and visit here; I’d like to too), 1957

      Edward Durrell Stone – 5243 Park Ln., Dallas, 1957

      Bruce Goff – Dr. Elvin D. Blackwell Bldg., Bryan & Fitzhugh Sts., according to the internet, Dallas, 1961-3 (unbuilt)

      Bruce Goff – Apache Apts., Tyler, 1965 (unbuilt)

      I’m not seeing the Manned Spaceflight Center on here, but I think Charles Luckman’s talents were imported for it.

      Antfarm – House of the Century (for the Oshmans), Angleton (let me know if you’re interested in this one), 1972

      IW Coburn – 2819 Ferndale St, 1976, from the Houston Arch. Guide

      Bruce Goff – John Bass House, Amarillo, 1976 (unbuilt)

      Pei & Partners – Two Dallas Centre and Two Fountain Place, 1978 and 1982. neither phase was needed

      HOK – Galleria Dallas, 1982

      MLTW/Turnbull Assoc./Chas. Moore/Richard Fitzgerald – Sweetwater Country Club, Sugar Land, 1983

      Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe – Moody Gardens, Galveston, 1984-92?

      ??? – Bell County Expo geodesic arena

      Peter Walker and Martha Schwartz – 3700 Bay Area Blvd landscape, 1986
      Olin at the CAM sometime, Houston

      SOM – LTV Ctr (now Trammell Crow Twr) and 2200 Ross Ave., Dallas, 1987; tons in West Houston (I guess this must have been Dallas or Houston office so you left it off, yet the fact that the exporters moved here just speaks to the inconvenience of building business over distance at such high volumes. The ranks of the list would swell a lot with SOM, either way.)

      Rossetti + Assoc. – Centrum, Dallas, 1987

      ??? – HYPERMART USA, Garland, 1987 (closed 2008) This was the forerunner to, and almost twice the size of, the first Wal-Mart SuperCenter (1988 in Missouri). I lived in Garland then.
      “”” – HYPERMART USA, Arlington, 1988 It follows that every Wal-Mart in the state has been brought us by imported architectural programming, and likewise for other chains but this one takes first.

      As many LDS temples as you care to find their design provenance.

      Araldo Cossutta – Cityplace, Dallas, 1989

      HOK – MCI corporate hq campus, Richardson, 1990
      …some more in Telecom Corridor and Galatyn Park if you look, although Texas Instruments’ big fabs are done with Dallas’ own Austin Industries

      HOK – Alamodome, 1993

      Walt Disney Imagineering with [ ] – Space Center Houston, 1994

      Halvorson and Partners engineers for 2100 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, 1999

      J. Terry Bates & assoc. – Champ D’Or (look it up)

      David Schwarz – Bass Concert Hall, FW, & Dallas’ AA Center, and Southlake’s town center

      Duda/Paine (with HKS) – Frost Bank Tower, Austin

      Hnedak Bobo Group – Gaylord Texan Resort + Convention Center, Grapevine, 2004

      HarleyEllis – Baylor Sciences Building, Waco, 2004?

      Robert A.M. Stern & assoc. – Ritz Carlton Dallas I & II

      Chih C. Cho, Design Force International – Tien Tao temple, Chong Hua Sheng Mu Holy Palace, 12800 Ashford Pt. Rd., Alief

      James Cheng with [ ] – The Azure, Harwood International Center, Dallas, 2007

      Alexander Gorlin – Arnold House, 2950 Lazy Ln, Houston

      Elkus Manfredi Assoc. – The House, Dallas
      Zeidler Partnership, with local firm-in-transition TeamHaas (now Nelsen something) taking lead – Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, 2008

      Foad Rafii (w. Morris and others) – Spring, Austin, 2008

      Preston Partnership – The Austonian (2009), 360 Condominiums (2008)

      BOKA Powell, Perkins & Will, Shimoda Design Gp. – St. Ann Ct., Harwood International Center, Dallas, 2009

      Peter Doncaster, Booziotis & Co.(Dallas) with Nicholas Marshall of nodesign (New Orleans) and Gabriel Smith of Thomas Phifer & Partners – Dallas Center For Architecture competition winners

      3 out-of-state finalist possibilities – Re:Vision Dallas / Building Blocks Dallas competition construction, between Browder and S. Ervay, Dallas, doing due diligence

      Morphosis – Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas, 2013

      I’d be up for including landscape architects’ work too. Esp. for Jellicoe’s sake we ought to be noting some.
      Look, thanks a lot for your commitment to expression in Texan realms. These surely are stories worth marking. Is the Anchorage Foundation of Texas still functional, and, if so, what is it about?

      About that Goff house that I claimed was far surpassing his Durst-Gee home here, in mystery, harmony, invention and implementation – I do find it has the single most outstanding residential chamber in the state:

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      The Rancho Encinal entry incorrectly reads,”H. Denman Schutt and Burton A. Scott (Los Angeles),” but I think the architects’ names are actually H. Denman Scott and Burton A. Schutt. I believe Burton A. Schutt also designed a home which still stands a few blocks west of Avenue “A” on West Cuthbert street in Midland, Texas.

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      Per the list author I have learned the Midland residence appeared in a 1951 issue of House and Garden magazine. Many thanks for this fascinating tip which I hope to follow. Also my apologies and a humble correction of my “correction” if H. Denman Schutt was actually H. Denman Schutt, not Scott as I entered. There are several handsome homes and townhomes in and near the Midland Racquet Club which I believe to have been designed by Texas star architect Frank Welch, though this information is not appropriate given the nature of the list. There are a few other homes with unique enough characters in Old Midland to consider as possibly having been designed by out of state star architects, in my opinion.

      “…Midland had a large proportion of geologists, engineers, lawyers and accountants, and Ivy League college graduates were everywhere.”