Texas Architect May/June 2014: Water
Exceptional craft and a relationship with water characterize all of the projects in this issue. Water is a scarce commodity in Texas, and with the continuation of the relentless drought conditions across the state, water conservation and energy efficiency are increasingly important. The featured projects include examples of the seamless integration of high-tech mechanicals and well designed spaces.
Recognition 1 2 3 4 Preservation Texas Honor Awards Last November, Preservation Texas announced the winners of its 2013 Honor Awards. The annual competition recognizes outstanding and inspiring accomplishments in historic preservation throughout Texas. Recipients were honored at an award ceremony held on December 5 at Mission San Jose in San Antonio. Historic Rehabilitation Award 3 Ted Lokey Oil Company, Amarillo Charles R. Lynch, Architect 1 Dedrick-Hamilton House, Austin McKinney York Architects The 1892 Dedrick-Hamilton House was the home of early African-American community leaders William and Sarah Dedrick. William’s father, Thomas, was a freed slave and an early property owner in East Austin’s Robertson Hill neighborhood. The home has been restored to prominence and has been repurposed as the visitors’ center for the city’s AfricanAmerican Cultural and Heritage District. The Ted Lokey Oil Company building has a new life as the offices of Charles R. Lynch, Architect, and Jerry Haning Construction. The project exemplifies creative and adaptive reuse of an abandoned structure in a decaying neighborhood to provide a modern office space along one of the city’s most-trafficked corridors. Developers saved the building from demolition and set an example for revitalizing the neighborhood that others are already following. 4 Our Lady of the Lake University Main Building, 2 Luby/Shaffer House, San Antonio San Antonio Mainstreet Architects Muñoz & Company (formerly Kell Muñoz Architects) The Luby/Shaffer House was built in 1907, but some time after 1968 it was converted into a multi-family residence and then fell into disrepair. After a careful restoration and modernization emphasizing sustainability — at the request of the owner, every piece of wood was saved and reused — the Neoclassical home is now one of the finest examples of its style in the city; its restoration has dramatically changed the end of the King William Historic District. Our Lady of the Lake’s Main Building was constructed in 1897 and is an example of Chateauesque Revival architecture. In 2008, a fire destroyed its roof and fourth floor and heavily damaged the lower levels. The university restored the landmark, bringing it up to 21st-century academic facility standards while maintaining its historic integrity. Its completion has sparked other plans for neighborhood revitalization. 5/6 2014 Texas Architect 19