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October 7, 2011

Deco and Moderne: Austin Architecture of the 1930s Exhibit @ Austin History Center

Travis County Court House, 1931. Image # PICA 25399, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

The Austin History Center presents a new exhibit, Deco and Moderne: Austin Architecture of the 1930s on display in the David Earl Holt Photo Gallery of the Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe Street, from November 1, 2011 to April 29, 2012. Historic photographs and architectural drawings trace the history of this popular variation on Modernism that began to emerge in Austin in the late 1920's and continued to evolve over 20 years. Come and learn what well-known Austin buildings were constructed during this period and how to recognize the characteristics of an Art Deco style building.

In the Fall of 1986, the Austin History Center opened its first exhibit of materials from the newly created Architectural Archives. The Archives was established to document and preserve the heritage of the city's architects and architecture. Sponsored by the Austin area chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the program collected more than 22,000 drawings, 500 photographs, and 158 linear feet of correspondence and other records that represented more than twenty-five architects who practiced in Austin from the late 19th century to 1986. It has been twenty-five years since that initial exhibit, and, with the continued support of Austin Foundation for Architecture, Deco and Moderne: Austin Architecture of the 1930s will be on display starting November 1.

Bohn House, 1938. Image # PICH03993, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information please call 512-974-7480 or visit www.austinhistorycenter.org.

To mark the opening of the exhibit the Austin History Center is offering a Walking Tour of Austin Deco Buildings led by David Bush and Jim Parsons from the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance (and authors of Hill Country Deco) on November 6 at 2 p.m. Space is limited for the walking tour, so please email Molly Hults molly.hults@austintexas.gov to reserve your space.

Image Captions

  1. Bohn House, 1938. Image # PICH03993, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
  2. Travis County Court House, 1931. Image # PICA 25399, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

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