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"We require from buildings, as from men, two kinds of goodness: first, they are doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it - which is itself another form of duty." - John Ruskin (1851)

TEXAS ARCHITECTURE - Categories:

  • Texas Banks - Buildings Worthy of Your Interest
  • Brick Collecting
  • Texas Bridges - Iron bridges, railroad drawbridges, bascule bridges, causeways and suspension
  • Carnegie Libraries in Texas - Of the 1689 Carnegie Libraries built, 32 were in Texas.
  • Texas Centennial - 1936 Texas Centennial projects
  • Texas Churches - Churches in Texas
  • Cornerstones - The first to be set - the last to be saved.
  • Texas Courthouses - Texas courthouses. Illustrated with photos or old post cards
  • Texas Depots - Texas railroad architecture from "cathedral" stations to the lowly switching tower
  • Drive-by Architecture - Buildings of special interest
  • Endangered Buildings in Texas - Historic Properties of Texas
  • Texas Gargoyles - Ugly is Beautiful. Scary, whimsical, and allegorical details on Texas buildings that could afford them
  • Texas Gas Stations - Abandoned, obsolete, put to new uses, defunct or fictitious
  • Texas Grain Elevators - Grain elevators, silos ... Landmarks casting long shadows
  • Texas Hotels - "Rooms With a Past" series - Texas hotels built before 1950.
  • Texas Historic Homes - Historic Homes
  • Texas Jails - The Texas county jails. "The Big House" may be in Huntsville, but "The Small House" is everywhere
  • Texas Lodges - Lodges in Texas
  • Texas Monuments - Texas monuments & shrines
  • Texas Museums - Museums in Texas
  • Pitted Dates - 165 Years of Texas Architectural History Written in Stone
  • Post Offices in Texas - Going Postal: Post Offices in Texas
  • Texas Preservation - Historic Preservation in Texas
  • Razed in Texas - A look at our lost architectural heritage
  • Texas Schoolhouses - The most modest of Texas buildings
  • Texas Skyscrapers
  • Texas Stores - Country Stores, General Stores, Drugs Stores, Feed Stores
  • Texas Theatres - America's most endangered buildings
  • Texas Water Towers - The unsung tin men of Texas small towns

  • Texas Buildings - Special Subjects
  • Saddle Houses by Delbert Trew
  • Dog Trot Houses by Bob Bowman
  • Dog-Trot Houses by Clay Coppedge
  • To Build a House by C. F. Eckhardt
    Texas Log Cabins and Log Houses
  • To Build a House II by C. F. Eckhardt
    Adobe Houses
  • Rock Fences by Mike Cox
  • Saloon Doors Knew How to Swing by Delbert Trew
  • Outhouses by Bob Bowman
  • Revisiting Outhouses by Bob Bowman
  • Victorian Secrets
    Victorian Architecture: Painted Ladies, Gingerbread and Carpenter Gothic in Texas.
  • Eagle Eyes of Texas

  • More
  • Texas Architecture Featured Articles
    Historic buildings, log cabins, shotgun houses, outhouses, stone fence posts, quarries, masons...
  • Texas Small Town Architecture - Browse Texas Towns
  • Texas Centennial Index by Sarah Reveley
    During the 1936 Texas Centennial celebration, the state built memorial museums, restored historical structures, improved parks, erected statues of important Texans, and intalled over 1,000 historical markers.

  • ARCHITECTURE - Sampling & New
    Petroleum Building
    NEW
  • Midland - The Petroleum Building 4-22-17
  • Midland - Yucca Theatre 4-22-17
  • Yucca
  • Fayette County Courthouse
  • Fayette County Jail in La Grange
  • Fayettte County jail
  • The First Fayette County Library
    aka The Judge Stiehl House
    A small fachwerk cottage, 1852
  • Eagle Eyes
  • Eagle Eyes of Texas: Series 4 1-1-17
  • Eagle Eyes of Texas - Series 3
  • Eagle Eyes of Texas - Series 2
  • Eagle Eyes of Texas - Series 1
  • Surviving the Great Depression by Barbara Duvall Wesolek 12-30-16
  • Fair park
  • Dallas - Fair Park by Clint Skinner 1-13-17
    44 attractions
  • Houston County
    Courthouse
  • Houston County Courthouse 11-2-16
  • Polk County Courthouse 12-9-16
  • Polk
    Dance Hall
    Dance Hall
  • Cherry Spring Dance Hall 4-2-16
  • TX bridges
    Bridges
  • Gallery of Forgotten Texas Bridges: Series Ten 3-6-16
  • Comal County US281 Guadalupe River Bridge 1-1-16
  • Comal
    Indian Gap Tx
    Schoolhouse
  • Indian Gap School 12-29-15
  • Edwards
    Courthouses
  • Edwards County Courthouse 3-1-16
  • Dallas
  • Houston County Courthouse 11-2-16
  • Hardeman County Courthouse 1-1-16
  • Dallas County Courthouse 12-7-15
  • Hardeman
    Navarro County Courthouse
  • Navarro County Courthouse 11-2-15
  • Throckmorton County Courthouse 3-20-15
  • Nueces County Courthouse 1-26-15
  • Kendall County Courthouse 1-15-15
  • Bridges:
  • Bosque County CR4105 Pony Bridge 9-18-15
  • CR 303
  • Falls County CR303 Poole Creek Wood Pony Bridge 6-1-15
  • Falls County CR481 Wood Pony Bridge 6-13-15
  • CR481
    Canadian River
    Canadian River Bridges:
  • Canadian River Bridge Hutchinson County 4-8-15
  • Canadian River Wagon Bridge 4-12-15
  • Wagon Bridge
    Cost
    Monument
  • "First Shot of The Texas Revolution" Monument 2-9-15
  • Bonnie & Clyde
    Bridges:
  • Bonnie & Clyde "Red River Plunge" Bridge 2-4-15
  • Collingsworth County Salt Fork Red River Bridge 2-4-15
  • Harbor Bridge
  • Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge 2-1-15
  • Wilson County Through Truss Bridge CR 401 1-12-15
  • Wilson Co
    TX Waldrip Bridge
  • Waldrip Bridge - CR220 Colorado River Bridge11-5-14
  • Tarrant County
    Courthouses by Terry Jeanson
  • Baylor County Courthouse 1-1-15
  • Grimes County Courthouse 11-24-14
  • Tarrant County Courthouse 7-13-14
  • Colorado County Courthouse 5-21-14
  • Mitchell County Courthouse 11-8-14
  • Colorado County
    Driveby Architecture
  • Wichita Falls Flim Flam Man and His Monument by Mike Cox 3-27-14
  • Bridge:
  • Kendall County Railroad Through Truss Bridge near Waring 6-25-14
  • Liberty
    Courthouses by Terry Jeanson
  • Robertson County Courthouse 2-19-14
  • Liberty County Courthouse 1-13-14
  • Lee County courthouse
  • Lee County Courthouse 9-27-13
  • Wooster Common School No. 38
    Schoolhouses
  • Wooster Common School No. 38, Harris County by Trevia Wooster Beverly 9-1-13
  • Freedman's
    Monuments & Statues by David Cole
  • Dallas - Freedman's Cemetery 8-23-13
  • Dallas - Greenwood Cemetery 7-13-13
  • Greenwood
    Comal
    Courthouses: Terry Jeanson
  • Williamson County Courthouse 5-12-13
  • Burleson County Courthouse 7-5-13
  • Comal County Courthouse 4-1-13
  • La Salle County Courthouse 2-6-13
  • La Salle
    Lagarto
    Bridges:
  • Lagarto Ferry Bridge 6-4-13
    Underwater bridge exposed
  • Moore's Crossing Bridge, Austin, Texas 1-19-13
  • Moore's Crossing
    Colorado County
    Courthouses
  • Colorado County Courthouse 9-8-12
  • Karnes County Old Helena Courthouse / Schoolhouse
  • Karnes Co - Helena
    Beaumont
  • Bank: The Beaumont Bank Building Bewilderment 7-2-12
  • Bridge: Brown County CR 306 Pony Bridge by Barclay Gibson 5-1-12
  • bridge
    Gonzales County Courthouse
    Courthouses
  • Gonzales County Courthouse by Murray Montgomery 6-18-12
  • Gonzales County Courthouse by Lou Ann Herda
  • Gonzales County Courthouse
    Orangedale
  • Bridge: Orangedale Texas Bridge 4-22-12 Sylvia Garcia-Smith
  • Bridge: Brown County CR 306 Pony Bridge Barclay Gibson 5-1-12
  • Gaines-Oliphint House
  • Historic Home: Historic Gaines-Oliphint House 4-1-12
    Acknowledged by the Texas Historical Commission as the oldest standing hand hewn log structure in the state. A double pen planked log story and a half building with a dog trot...
  • Best
  • Jail: Best Jail - Reagan County 3-20-12
    Barclay Gibson
  • Harris County courthouse
  • Courthouse: Harris County Courthouse by Terry Jeanson 9-28-11
  • Ballinger bridges
  • Bridges: Ballinger Texas Bridges & Crossings 7-20-11
    Barclay Gibson
  • Texas Theatre
  • Theatre: The Texas Theatre by Dana Goolsby 6-4-11
    After nearly a century of tragedy and neglect, and a host of closings and re-openings, the Texas Theatre, crown jewel of Palestine, has been salvaged and reborn.
  • Capitol
  • Texas State Capitol TE photos, Vintage photos TSLA 2-7-11
  • Shiloh School
  • Schoolhouse: Shiloh School Gregg Co Maryanne Gobble 12-9-10
  • Shotgun shacks cheap, practical by Delbert Trew 12-8-10
    The famous "long skinny houses" that graced the West and later on during the many oil booms and busts.
  • Architectural Whimsy by Johnny Stucco 9-24-10
    “Scholarly Distractions”
    Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • Whimsy
    Littlefield Home
  • Historic Home: Littlefield Home, Austin 9-23-10
  • Skyscrapers: George Washington Littlefield Building, Austin 9-1-10
    By Luke Warm
  • Littlefield
    Donley County Courthouse
  • Preservation: Donley County Courthouse 5-23-10
  • Bridge: Smithville’s (2nd) Colorado River Bridge 1915-1950 6-1-10
  • Smithville's bridge
    John H. Reagan
  • Monument: The John H. Reagan Memorial 7-2-10
    Gerald Massey
  • Steel House
  • Steel House by Byrone Brown 5-5-10
    Sculptor and architect Robert Bruno has bequeathed to us his Steel House, sometimes referred to as “The Metal Mansion”, just outside of Lubbock in Ransom Canyon.
  • Wallis
    Bridges: Barclay Gibson
  • Wallis Texas Brazos River Railroad Through Truss Bridge 5-18-10
  • Brazoria RR Swing Bridge & Triple Truss Bridge 3-4-10
  • Williamson County Granger Lake - Hoxie & Friendship Bridges 1-23-10
  • Williamson County CR456 Thru Truss Bridge near Coupland 1-21-10
  • Queen of the Sea
  • Monument: "Queen of the Sea" Fountain Ken Rudine 3-2-10
    Monument by Pompeo Coppini
  • church
  • Church: The Most Photographed Church in Texas
    TXDoT, Barclay Gibson & Justin Parson 1-22-10
  • Bridges: Williamson County Granger Lake - Hoxie & Friendship Bridges Barclay Gibson 1-23-10
  • bridge
  • Schoolhouse: Hill Country Schoolhouse Preservation
    12 Gillespie County Schools are Recognized – Not for Achievement, but Survival 1-18-10
  • Bridge: Falls County Texas CR268 Wood Pony Bridge Barclay Gibson 12-19-09
  • courthouse
  • Courthouse: Rains County Courthouse Terry Jeanson 11-16-09
  • Theatre: The Rebirth of the Pines Chris Adams 11-7-09
  • theatre
    Humble station
  • Preservation: San Antonio Humble Gas Station Wins National 'This Place Matters' Contest Terry Jeanson 11-4-09
  • Bridge: Forgotten Texas Bridges Will Beauchamp 10-13-09
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