ARCHITEXAS completed a comprehensive post-fire courthouse reconstruction for Hill County in 1997. This ISTEA-funded project set a new standard for historic courthouse restorations and was the catalyst for the establishment of the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program (THCPP).
The Texas Historical Commission established the THCPP in 1999 to fund the preservation of the state’s most significant county courthouses. ARCHITEXAS has completed eighteen approved courthouse master plans, sixteen fully restored courthouse projects, and assisted in obtaining more than $70 million in THCPP funding for our county clients.
ARCHITEXAS prepared a Historic Structure Report and Master Plan for the historic 1886 Bosque County Courthouse in Meridian, Texas. The courthouse design was altered in 1936 when the original clock tower and corner turret roofs were removed. The interior was altered as well with the removal of some original finishes, the installation of new contemporary finishes, and reduction of the district courtroom. The plan meets standards for the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program and identified two separate phases. Phase I completed in 2004 included elevator additions, as well as electrical and mechanical upgrades. Full restoration began with Phase II in 2006, and restored the courthouse to its 1886 design by reconstructing the original clock tower and corner turret roofs. The interior was restored to the original finishes and spaces including public corridors and the district courtroom.
The Cass County Courthouse was completed in 1861 and is the only existing antebellum courthouse in Texas. The red-brick, Greek Revival Style building was remodeled several times, eventually taking its current Classical Revival form in 1934. In 2003, ARCHITEXAS updated the Cass County Master Plan completed in 2000 to bring it into compliance with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Historic Preservation. ARCHITEXAS worked with volunteers from the Cass County Conservancy who conducted extensive research and documentation of the building’s history. All of the information gathered was used to create a design approach for the building’s rehabilitation which was completed in 2012.
ARCHITEXAS provided full architectural services for the exterior restoration and adaptive use of the 1927 Collin County Courthouse. The courthouse is located in the center of a historic commercial district which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Through a series of programming workshops that included area merchants, citizens, and civic leaders, ARCHITEXAS created a functional program and then adapted that to convert the vacant Collin County Courthouse into a multi purpose community arts facility. A component of the plan was a business pro-forma to enable the facility to be economically self-sufficient on the model of the Sammons Center for the Arts in Dallas, TX. Working with a Construction Manager, the project was designed to be implemented in a short time frame and within budget constraints.
The Denton County Courthouse was designed by architect W.C. Dodson and is considered to be one of the most significant and impressive examples of public architecture in Texas. A master plan was prepared that identified three phases of work based on the level of critical need for preservation. One of the most critical items of work was the masonry, which had suffered from previous repair campaigns. The masonry was conserved, the exterior restored and the interior was rehabilitated to reveal the historic design, while upgrading the building for code compliance and state of the art mechanical, electrical and data systems.
The Ellis County Courthouse is a favorite in the state for its elaborate “Pecos Red” sandstone carvings and expressive Romanesque Revival form. Designed by J. Riely Gordon in 1891, the building epitomizes his style. The restoration was comprehensive and included both county and district courtrooms and their century old judge’s benches. New systems, state of the art audio-visual equipment, security and acoustical treatments were integrated into the historic spaces. The remainder of the building was rehabilitated for county government use. The completed restoration serves as a beacon for historic downtown Waxahachie.
The Harris County Courthouse, located in downtown Houston, was constructed in 1910 by Lang and Witchell Architects. The Courthouse is considered one of the most significant historic courthouses in Texas.
ARCHITEXAS was contracted by PGAL, the prime architect, to serve as the preservation architect for the exterior restoration and the restoration of the primary preservation zones within the Courthouse. Major alterations to the building occurred during a 1953 renovation which included removal of the monumental entry stairs at the Fannin and San Jacinto Street entries, removal and replacement of exterior and interior windows throughout, removal of terra cotta elements on the exterior of the building, closing the central rotunda by infilling the floor at each level, enclosing the decorative cast iron stair case, and modifying the courtrooms from 2-story monumental spaces by incorporating an intermediate floor. Additionally, the introduction of MEP systems caused significant damage to decorative ornamental plaster and marble finishes throughout.
ARCHITEXAS was responsible for surveying and documenting the conditions of remaining historic elements on the interior and exterior of the building, preparation of construction documents to restore the altered elements of the building to their 1910 restoration date. ARCHITEXAS also worked closely with PGAL to sensitively incorporate MEP systems within preservation zones and provided construction administration services related to restoration work.
ARCHITEXAS provided a Historic Structures Report and Master Plan for the 1900 Harrison County Courthouse to meet the requirements of the THCPP and obtain grant funding. Phase I included full architectural services for the restoration of the roof and dome and the coordination of the Christmas Festival lighting, completed in 1999. Phase II was comprised of full architectural services for selective interior demolition and exterior restoration. Phase III included architectural services for interior renovation and restoration of the building for a courts and museum facility while restoring the beauty of the original design. Vacant and deteriorating for many years, the restored building is now a functioning courthouse and home of The Harrison County Historical Museum. Phase III resulted in full restoration of the, restoring it to its 1928 integrity.
The long vacant Harrison County Courthouse has become a working courthouse once again, with county commission offices and a county historical museum in the building. The Harrison County Historical Museum is a fully functioning historical museum.
A fire razed most of the Hill County Courthouse in 1991, but with the use of fragments remaining from the fire and a few historic photographs, ARCHITEXAS prepared the documents for the reconstruction of the building. The project utilized ISTEA funds and was a catalyst for the development of the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program when the county judge got involved in obtaining funding from the legislature. The project involved multiple phases of construction due to funding shortages, despite the help of local talents like Willie Nelson. Former President and then-Governor George W. Bush attended the opening ceremony and the First Lady assisted in obtaining state funds for other courthouses.
Sulphur Springs, Texas
ARCHITEXAS provided phased restoration master planning and full architectural services for the historic 1894 J. Riely Gordon- designed county courthouse. The Phase I scope of work, completed in December of 2001, addressed the exterior including structural stabilization, restoration of the exterior sandstone, granite, and tower and rehabilitation of the windows. Phase II addressed the accessibility and life safety items necessary to bring the building into compliance with current code requirements. Phase II also included rehabilitation of county offices and courtrooms in a manner that preserved the historic integrity of the building while integrating state-of-the-art infrastructure throughout. As with all our grant work, the project met the standards of the Texas historic Courthouse Preservation Program. ARCHITEXAS continues to assist the county with ongoing historic preservation consultation services.
In 2013, ARCHITEXAS was hired by Hunt County to complete a preservation Master Plan for the historic courthouse as well as create the construction documents for the restoration of the monumental stairs at the main entrances to the building. The Master Plan was later approved by the Texas Historical Commission in the spring of 2014. At that time, ARCHITEXAS assisted the county in preparing a grant application for Round VIII of the Texas Historical Courthouse Preservation Program (THCPP) which is focusing on emergency funding for courthouses that are experiencing life safety related issues. Construction for the monumental stairs was completed in summer 2015.
ARCHITEXAS provided a restoration Master Plan and full architectural services through construction administration of the historic 1912 courthouse, designed by Lang and Witchell. ARCHITEXAS prepared a Master Plan and Historic Structures Report that met the guidelines for the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program (THCPP), and qualified for more than $4 million in grant funding for construction documents and construction. The scope of work for construction included restoration of corridors, stairwells, and historic courtrooms, rehabilitation of county offices and sensitive integration of handicap accessibility, contemporary systems, and modern fire protection throughout.
The Lamar County Courthouse, designed by architects Sanguinet & Staats and constructed in 1917, represents an unusual fusion of Classical Revival with heavy Romanesque details.
ARCHITEXAS provided restoration master planning and full architectural services through construction administration for the courthouse. ARCHITEXAS prepared a Historic Structures Report and Master Plan that met the guidelines for the (THCPP), and completed the application for grant funding under the program. The courthouse restoration construction documents were completed in July 2001 and received approval for $3.5 million in grant funding. The scope of work for construction included restoration of corridors, stairwells and historic courtrooms, rehabilitation of county offices, the creation of new courtrooms and sensitive integration of handicap accessibility, contemporary systems, and modern fire protection throughout.
ARCHITEXAS prepared a Historic Structures Report and Master Plan for the full restoration of the historic 1901 McLennan County Courthouse, the last in Texas designed by noted architect James Riely Gordon. The Plan was approved by the Texas Historical Commission (THC) for participation in the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program. More recently, ARCHITEXAS provided an existing conditions assessment of the main roof and dome and worked with the County and THC to outline a scope of work acceptable to the County and THC that would address the most critical, roof related issues and stay within the County’s budget.
Old Red Dallas County Courthouse
ARCHITEXAS conducted a programming study to evaluate opportunities for the relocation of several different departments into the historic Old Red Courthouse. Data was collected regarding space, adjacency and security needs of offices specifically identified by the county for evaluation; probate courts, appeals courts, and county administration including the commissioner's court. Upon the collection and evaluation of departmental data, schematic floor plans developed by ARCHITEXAS provided additional insights as to the feasibility of arranging the departments within the building given the constraints of the historically-significant building and unusual floor plan. Areas of particular focus were the effective arrangements of offices, effective workflow, opportunities for departmental growth in the future, and the balance between public access and security.
ARCHITEXAS is provided architectural services for the restoration and rehabilitation of the historic 1932 Potter County Courthouse. The project included interior restoration, integration of new state-of-the-art infrastructure, and other work outlined in the Building and Program Analysis describing work approved and funded by the THCPP. Exterior building work included extensive terra cotta repair, window rehabilitation, sidewalk and other site improvements, roof replacement, and stone paver repair.
The Rains County Courthouse was built in 1908 by the Bryan Architectural Company of St. Louis. ARCHITEXAS prepared construction documents in compliance with the Master Plan, which was approved and funded by the Texas Historic Commission (THC) under the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program (THCPP). ARCHITEXAS provided full architectural services to restore the courthouse, which included the integration of new MEP systems, construction of a new egress stair to meet ADA and life-safety system requirements, and restoration of the courtroom, its balcony, railings, pressed metal ceiling, and historic finishes. The exterior building work was limited to selective painting and masonry veneer repair where a later addition was removed. During construction, the THC awarded supplemental funding to the County to complete the restoration of the wood window sashes, exterior painting, exterior sheet metal elements and reconstruction of the historic theatre seats in the District Courtroom.
Red River County
The unique design of this 1884 courthouse by William H. Wilson combines Renaissance Revival and Second Empire stylistic influences making it one of the most flamboyant and bold courthouses in the state. The project involved the complete interior and exterior restoration of the building. The exterior restoration was funded by a STEP/ISTEA grant administered by the Texas Department of Transportation, requiring Section 106 review in addition to the Historic Courthouse Preservation Program (THCPP) reviews. The exterior work included masonry restoration, wood window restoration, cleaning and repointing of the sandstone, repair and replacement of the metal cornice and downspouts, new entry doors and steps, and the restoration of the clock tower. The historic color scheme was investigated and restored, despite some surprise about the original choice of colors. The restoration was completed in conformance with an ARCHITEXAS-prepared Historic Structures Report and Master Plan.
Arts and Entertainment
Museums, theaters, auditoriums, arts centers, bars, restaurants and cafes are among the most exciting projects we design. We serve public, private and non-profit clients in the development of self-sustaining projects that enliven communities.
ARCHITEXAS has designed bars in theaters, museums in office buildings, auditoriums in engine rooms, and all manner of places for the liberation of creative minds. The Greeks saw theatre in architecture; so do we.
ARCHITEXAS designed a retro-fit plaza above the existing Arts District garage, at the northwest corner of the Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe block. The plaza was a gift from the Catholic Foundation to the citizens of Dallas for the 50th anniversary project. The site was a dormant deck over the garage that was never finished, and offered a great opportunity to connect to Flora Street, the central boulevard axis of the Arts District, across from the Myerson Symphony Hall.
ARCHITEXAS placed a flight of steps, leading up to an elevated plaza, that was bound by an existing brick wall with a fountain trellis, and terminated by a concrete screen wall featuring an annual mural, 10’ x 28’. A pair of balance beam trellis arms shades the heart of the space, and the counter weight cones hover over the garage entrance; the wind moves the arms very gently.
Grapevine Palace Theater
ARCHITEXAS provided full architectural services through construction including acoustical design, theatrical lighting design and kitchen design. The project involved restoration, additions and adaptive use of the historic 1940 movie theater and the 1923 grocery building. The rehabilitated movie theater serves as a multi-purpose space for live theater, music recitals and a public events hall which includes a kitchen and retail space. The additions increased the backstage area and changing areas for live performances.
ARCHITEXAS provided full architectural and interior design services for the design of a new lounge/bar in the existing historic Art Moderne Inwood Theater. The large historic lobby space was restored and sub-divided to allow for separation of theater patrons and for a bar/lounge, as the two functions were legally required to be physically separated. A separate entrance was designed and an eight foot tall glass block and ceramic tile wall, with a horizontal water feature, was constructed. To provide the required separation, this low wall also preserved the character of the two story lobby space. The Lounge has been successful and was mentioned in the November 1983 and June 2006 issues of Esquire Magazine, “The Esquire Guide to the Best New Bars in America.” ARCHITEXAS also provided full architectural services for the sub-division of the balcony for two additional auditoriums making the facility a multi-plex, three-screen theater. The large auditorium downstairs was rehabilitated and new projection, and state-of-the-art audio system was installed.
The Magnolia Lounge was designed by renown modernist architect William Lescaze for the Magnolia Oil Company, now Mobil Oil, for the Texas Centennial Exposition of 1936.The building is a striking example of international style architecture. White stucco walls are combined with Magnolia Oil Company red doors and aluminum-painted columns to create this exposition building. ARCHITEXAS provided the historic paint analysis for the interior and exterior of the building, and designed the interior renovation to serve the Friends of Fair Park offices and a video screening organization. The interior of the theater space was originally designed as a Neiman Marcus showroom, featuring yellow walls and banquets. Today, this flexible and multi-functional meeting and auditorium space seats 60 persons for live theatre, film, video or music performances.
Sammons Center for the Arts
The adaptive use of the 1912 “Industrial Italianate” Turtle Creek Pump Station, the City of Dallas’ oldest surviving public building, was a very important project for the City of Dallas Historic Preservation program. ARCHITEXAS, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and the Dallas Shakespeare Festival won the project through a competition process. The adaptation of the pump station to serve rehearsal, recital, library, and historical museum/exhibit space was challenging. Maintaining flexibility while providing a wide variety of performance, exhibit and practice space was a key to the success and longevity of this adaptive use. The Sammons Center for the Arts has been a model project for similar arts facilities across the state.
The Simon Theatre in Brenham, Texas was designed by renowned Texas architect, Alfred C. Finn in 1925. The Simon Theatre was a vibrant part of downtown Brenham, and entertained generations with its silent picture shows, Vaudeville shows, dancing performances, concerts, Hollywood movies and more. ARCHITEXAS was hired to perform a conditions assessment and develop a master plan for the building to aid in raising funds and also assited the owner with applying for grants to be used for the restoration of the theatre. ARCHITEXAS also provided full architectural services to restore the interior lobby, reconstruct the historic ticket booth, incorporate a Visitors Center on the first floor, and finish out a retail space for a local coffee shop. The long-term goal for the project is to restore the historic theatre and ballroom for community events and entertainment.
The office building, whether new, adapted or restored, needs to be flexible for the changing demands of information technology, communications, staff evolution and business growth.
ARCHITEXAS works with building owners to obtain the 20% Certified Rehabilitation Tax Credit by preparing the application and advising them on designs that meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards. Completed projects include office, residential and hotel buildings. Often these federal tax credits are accompanied by local tax incentives and city tax increment finance funding.
Hart Furniture Building
ARCHITEXAS provided full architectural services, historic preservation services and consultation for attaining funding from Center City Tax Increment Finance District for the restoration of the historic Hart Furniture Building . The exterior restoration of the 1888 commercial building in downtown Dallas included rehabilitation of the wood windows and transoms, new complimentary storefront and removal of the exterior paint on the masonry. The interior is a bar/restaurant/club with office space on the upper two floors. ARCHITEXAS assisted the owner in acquiring approximately $1.36 million in TIF funding for the owner/developer to fund the exterior restoration.
Liberty Bank Building
This historic commercial building (Liberty State Bank) was located at 2226 Elm Street in downtown Dallas. Constructed in 1899, the two-story Italianate masonry building was one of Dallas’ oldest surviving historic commercial buildings and had retained its architectural integrity. The City planned to demolish the building for a new thoroughfare. In order to preserve the building, it was relocated to property near the Farmers Market in downtown Dallas. The building was physically recorded, carefully dismantled and reconstructed. The newly reconstructed building provides 4,250 square feet of retail space on two floors and a 1,000 square foot adjacent outdoor plaza. The project utilized Tax Increment Finance funding from the City of Dallas.
Maple Avenue Retail
ARCHITEXAS developed the architectural concept design and contract documents for the second phase of the retail development on Maple Avenue. The concept was to design three (3) individual buildings in the Craftsman style for future use as restaurant lease space. Site and facade designs were based on the concepts prepared by ARCHITEXAS and approved by Crow Family Holdings.
Republic Center Adaptive Reuse
ARCHITEXAS provided historic preservation services for the National Register of Historic Places Nomination and Historic Preservation Tax Certification of the rehabilitation and adaptive use of the historic Republic National Bank (Republic Center Complex). The Republic Bank Building was constructed in 1954 to provide a modern and impressive new home to the state’s largest bank. A second tower was added to the complex in the 1960s, and a final addition in the 80s completed the complex, which covers an entire city block. When Republic Bank failed in the 1980s, the largest such failure in United States history at the time, the building was vacated. Transwestern Commercial Services adapted the complex to a mixed-use office, retail and apartment development. The ground floor store front and public lobbies were restored to the original design. The building currently provides residential lease space as well as commercial lease space.
Society of Petroleum Engineers
ARCHITEXAS provided full architectural and interior design services for the renovation of the Society of Petroleum Engineers' (SPE) world headquarters in Richardson, Texas, designed in 1982 by the Oglesby Group (now Oglesby Greene Architects). The project scope called for a complete reprogramming of the facility to consolidate two remote offices and a staff of 200 employees while providing for future growth. The design solution required clearing the outdated interiors back to structure and converting the facility's on-site warehouse into the new office space. The result is a fresh, modern corporate interior that promotes collaboration and takes advantage of the site's verdant green-belt by offering views and abundant natural daylight to staff and executives alike.
Stone Place Gardens
ARCHITEXAS created a restoration plan for historic Stone Street in downtown Dallas. Previously turned into a pedestrian walkway, Stone Street became a dormant public space. ARCHITEXAS proposed rethinking the side street frontage to engage the pedestrian traffic with retail, restaurants and covered patio sidewalks. A central public gathering plaza was placed at mid-block. The restored side facades of the Sumpter Leggit Building and the former Woolworths Building now complete the full length of the west side of Stone Place Gardens. The side street facades were modified to adapt the street space and meet accessibility standards while still maintaining their historic integrity. In addition to the side facade restorations, the Sumpter Leggit Building and Woolworths Building street facades were restored and are now occupied by restaurants.
The Awalt Building
ARCHITEXAS provided architectural and historic preservation services for the restoration and adaptive use of the Awalt Building in Dallas’ Historic West End District. The owners were committed to the restoration and preservation of this historic building to receive the Investment Tax Credit with a certified rehabilitation while also creating suitable business and lease space for additional offices and retail tenants. All work on the interior and exterior conforms to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Places. ARCHITEXAS prepared documents that coordinated the restoration of the building’s heavy timber interior and brick exterior as well as the addition of new elevators, fire stairs, and restrooms, and also provided space planning and architectural services for the finish-out. New first floor lobby areas and typical common areas on the remaining floors were also a component of this project.
The Harlan Building
The Harlan Building in Dallas’ Farmers Market is a local Landmark Building and sits on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was purchased by Craig Melde in 2002, who then, with ARCHITEXAS, set about turning the property into a mixed-use, retail/residential development. An intensive process of stabilization, restoration and reconstruction turned back years of neglect and revitalized the only remaining warehouse building from the original farmer’s market district. A portion of the building that had been demolished was reconstructed in a modern vocabulary that references the original construction. The project incorporated many LEED-based design guidelines including high-efficiency HVAC systems and site paving that uses salvaged floor slabs from the interior restoration. The resulting project is a building that satisfies the requirements of the National Park Service, Texas Historical Commission, Dallas Landmark Commission, and the Dallas Farmers Market TIF District. The design is appropriate yet modern, a minimalist insertion within an historic context.
The Joule Hotel
The Joule Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Dallas on Main Street. The hotel is a conversion of the historic 16 -story Dallas National Bank Building combined with a new adjacent 10-story building addition. The gothic styled high rise is the signature building, which houses the majority of the 130 guest rooms and a luxury penthouse with roof gardens. The hotel also features a ballroom, meeting spaces, a five star restaurant and a cellar bar. ARCHITEXAS was able to convert the historic building to the new uses while maintaining the preservation standards required for a certified rehabilitation tax credit. Additionally, The historic facade was completely restored, reconstructing many missing original elements.
Tower Station & U-Drop Inn
ARCHITEXAS provided a phased restoration master plan and architectural consulting services for the historic 1936 Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Cafe on old Route-66. ARCHITEXAS evaluated the building’s condition and researched its history in order to prepare a Historic Structures Report and Restoration Master Plan. The project, funded by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st-Century (TEA-21), involved rehabilitation and adaptive use of the historic gas station and cafe to serve the community as a chamber of commerce and visitor center. Upon completion and approval of the Master Plan, the firm assisted the primary, Philips Swager Associates (PSA), in the development of construction documents and specifications for the building. The project was designed to adhere to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Structures.
Wallis Hotel Reconstruction
ARCHITEXAS provided historic preservation and architectural services for the reconstruction of a brick hotel originally constructed in 1891. The hotel, which was demolished in the mid-1930s, was reconstructed in Grapevine’s original town square on Main Street. The hotel building serves as headquarters for the Grapevine Heritage Foundation as well as the Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Wallis Hotel anchors Liberty Park Plaza which provides a community gathering place. ARCHITEXAS produced the design and construction drawings, which accurately reconstructed the exterior brick hotel from a historic photograph with careful attention to original details. The interior was adapted to office use in the character of the 1890s architectural interiors, yet with modern technology and convenience.
Urban Design And Planning
Often, "what do we do next?" is the question asked when an organization or government needs to manage it’s growing resources. ARCHITEXAS’ planning projects help cities cope with urban density and suburban horizontality, restore small town main streets, manage and preserve historic sites, and interpret cultural landscapes.
ARCHITEXAS provides planning, urban design and historic resource survey services, working with cities and developers to plan projects throughout the state. Each unique opportunity is inspired by the history of a place. And it is an adventure in what could be and how to get there.
Bryan Downtown Master Plan
ARCHITEXAS worked as a consultant with a team of planners, real estate economist, and transportation analyst to develop a master plan for historic downtown Bryan, Texas. ARCHITEXAS’ role was to assess the exterior envelope of each building within the survey area and provide recommendations for restoration, rehabilitation and develop a budget estimate for facade restorations. ARCHITEXAS prepared a written report that included a survey profile of each streetscape facade in the project limits. Each profile included a photograph of exterior streetscape facade in its current condition, an historic photograph (if available); a written narrative describing existing materials and conditions along with a written narrative describing recommendations for restoration or repair, and annotated drawing sketch-overs or photographs describing structural or cosmetic repairs needed or recommended. The information developed by ARCHITEXAS will be used to aid current and potential building owners as well as local lenders to realize the possibilities of rehabilitation and restoration and thereby encourage economic development of historic buildings within the study area.
Dallas Parks Plan
As part of a comprehensive facilities survey and master plan by Carter Burgess for the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department, ARCHITEXAS prepared condition assessments and improvement recommendations for 35 of Dallas’ most historic parks. ARCHITEXAS created a data base to document the research and condition assessment for each park and worked with the city archivist to catalogue historic records and drawings. The city-wide “Renaissance Plan” identified over $2 billion in maintenance and improvement work. The city began implementing the Plan in 2004 with bond funds and ARCHITEXAS was commissioned to provide full architectural services for the restoration of three historic parks. Restoration work includes repair of park structures, furniture and landscape, and making the parks accessible and safer.
Fair Park Master Plan
As a consultant for historic preservation to Hargreaves & Associates, ARCHITEXAS led the planning initiative within this comprehensive plan for the 277-acre Fair Park to address expansion and alteration goals of the museum community. By involving the city Landmark Commission in the process, the plan was able to include compromises that address the need to preserve and the need for change. The resulting guidelines were then developed as an amendment to the city’s Historic District Ordinance in 2005-2006. One of the primary goals of the plan is to create year-round uses for the Park.
ARCHITEXAS provided historic preservation consultation for the revitalization of the downtown historic commercial district in the city of Grapevine. The district extends six blocks along Main Street and is characterized by one and two story masonry commercial buildings with a period of significance dating from 1885-1930. ARCHITEXAS provided a National Register of Historic District Multiple Property Nomination (three blocks included on the register in 1991); Reconstruction of the historic 1891 Wallis Hotel (for the Convention and Visitors Bureau Offices); Development of a local Downtown Historic District Ordinance; Construction of a new City Hall in the City Historic District; Ongoing Preservation Technical Assistance for property owners in the Historic District ( facade restorations, signage and graphics); Rehabilitation and Adaptive Use of the Palace Theater and Buckner Grocery for a Community Arts Facilities.
Peleliu, Republic of Palau
Stanley O. Graves, FAIA, of ARCHITEXAS was selected by the Republic of Palau and the U.S. National Park Service to conduct a condition assessment and provide preservation recommendations for six World War II era fortified structures built by the Japanese military and one structure built by the US military on the Island of Peleliu. The site is a National Historic Landmark and is considered the best-preserved and intact example of a WWII Pacific island battlefield. The project involved identifying immediate safety concerns, short-term stabilization recommendations, longer-term repair and restoration objectives, and assessing the reuse potential of each structure for various community and visitor needs. The overall preservation approach for the fortified Japanese buildings was to preserve them as battle-damaged, yet stabilized ruins, allowing a degree of visitor interaction via prescribed routes through each structure. The US Orange Beach Chapel was programmed for stabilization with the development of new visitor facilities on the site.
White Rock Lake Design Guidelines
ARCHITEXAS worked with Carter & Burgess to establish design development guidelines for Reflection Point at White Rock Lake Park. ARCHITEXAS identified types and styles of significant historic resources in White Rock Lake Park and in the adjoining Lakewood neighborhood of Dallas. This included both existing structures as well as resources described in historic architectural drawings and other documents.
Once historical precedents had been established and analyzed, recommendations were made as the most appropriate design details for the development of Reflection Point. The guidelines identified appropriate styles and design details for site and architectural development, which provided guidance in the selection of amenities for the site.
Religious structures present some of the most challenging design problems because of their complex blend of the sacred and secular. Each site is unique and each congregation a family of worshippers with a diverse collective view.
ARCHITEXAS designs new, restores landmarks and adapts to town or country but always strives to lift these projects to a higher plane.
Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe
Originally named the Sacred Heart Cathedral, the building was designed by the master architect Nicholas J. Clayton in 1902 and is located in the heart of Dallas’ arts district. Four phases of a master plan have been completed to date, including interior worship area renovation and partial exterior façade restoration. The latest phase was the construction of a bell tower that was designed, but not built, with the original building. The bell tower extends 219 feet and includes a 49 bell carillion. In 2008, ARCHITEXAS conducted a survey of the exterior of the Cathedral to evaluate and document the existing conditions in order to assist Andres Construction in the preparation of a project budget for its restoration. Future projects include a new 500 seat musical performance hall and the completion of the exterior restoration.
Christ Lutheran Church
University Park, Texas
ARCHITEXAS completed a Master Plan and Feasibility Study that established possible renovation solutions and construction phasing strategies for this energetic congregation and their aging facility. A land-locked site in the residential neighborhood of University Park required applying for a new Plan Development with the City’s Zoning Board in order to establish lot coverage, building heights and parking requirements. After completing programming, space planning, schematic design, site design and preliminary construction cost estimating with the Church’s Building Committee, ARCHITEXAS presented the Master Plan to University Park’s Zoning Board and City Council, where it was approved. After a second round of design workshops were conducted, refinements were made to the phasing strategy in order to maintain an operational Child Development Center, Sunday School and Sanctuary during the entire construction process.
With the completion of Phase I in May of 2009, the church is enjoying the use of their new narthex, fellowship hall, church kitchen, administrative offices, adult classrooms, library, and youth room. The new Child Development Center provides care for infants to four-year-olds within large, light-filled classrooms. And the new entry courtyard and prayer garden allows for a quiet reprieve from the surrounding urban chaos.
Faith Lutheran Church
Faith Lutheran Church was constructed in 1980 and is located in Georgetown, Texas. ARCHITEXAS was hired in the fall of 2005 to prepare a Master Plan for a much-needed expansion to their existing campus. Following a detailed survey of the site’s existing conditions, review of MEP systems in the building, capacities, and code compliance, ARCHITEXAS conducted an interactive development workshop with the planning committee. Guided by both functional and theological considerations, a phased Master Plan was developed which proposed a two-phase plan that involved renovation of existing buildings and new construction. In 2009, Phase I of the Master Plan was realized through the completion of a new sanctuary addition, renovation of the existing sanctuary into the new Narthex, and a largely renovated site that included new parking, detention pond, landscaping, and additional vehicular site access. The project was celebrated in a Service of Dedication in November 2009.
First Unitarian Church
University Park, Texas
ARCHITEXAS completed master planning services for the First Unitarian Church of Dallas in accordance with the church’s ten year strategic plan, which included a series of workshops to establish a concise program and clear design direction for the entire church campus. A new Planned Development overlay was required by the City of University Park, and ARCHITEXAS was instrumental in securing approval of the new site plan. Cost estimating revealed the need for a phased approach to construction.
The project was recently completed with a re-dedication on September 10, 2011. The scope of work included restoration of the sanctuary facades, renovation of approximately 6,000 square feet of existing Sunday School classrooms, and a 26,000 square foot addition of new classroom and office spaces. Significant garden and courtyard spaces compliment the existing and proposed structures. Sustainable design strategies implemented include: proper building orientation, passive solar shading devices, natural building ventilation, high-efficiency HVAC systems, super-insulated walls, abundant day-lighting, rain water and grey-water collection systems, native plantings in the landscape, and recycled materials through out. The project is on track for obtaining a LEED Silver rating.
Frankford Church Restoration
ARCHITEXAS created a Preservation Master Plan for the historic 1896 Frankford Church. The Master Plan established a planning strategy that identified work necessary for the restoration, preservation and continued maintenance of the church. The Master Plan included a historic summary describing the history and significance of the building. The historic summary provided the context around which the preservation recommendations would be developed.
ARCHITEXAS also prepared architectural documents for the sensitive rehabilitation of the church. The rehabilitation included interior restoration, integration of new mechanical and electrical systems, installation of new fire alarm system to meet life-safety requirements in the building, adaptations necessary to meet ADA requirements, and other work outlined in the Frankford Church Existing Conditions Analysis prepared by ARCHITEXAS.
Grace Heritage Center
The building now known as Grace Heritage Center served the congregation of Grace Episcopal Church from 1881 until 1991. Now in its second century of use and at its third location, as the focal point of Founders Memorial Park, it is one of many historic structures in Georgetown that have withstood the rigors of nature, growth and change in the community. The church was rehabilitated through a unique partnership between the City of Georgetown and the Heritage Society, which raised funds for and supervised the restoration project. Changes include relocation and stabilization of the building, replacement of insulation, installation of a modern heating system, addition of a central air-conditioning system, construction of office and storage areas, installation of period lighting, and the construction of the rear porch and access ramp.
Grace United Methodist Church
ARCHITEXAS provided preservation master planning and architectural services for the restoration of the historic Grace United Methodist Church in Old East Dallas. The 1903 Gothic Revival brick and cut stone church was expanded in 1915 to house a larger congregation in the sanctuary and again in the 1920s for additional classrooms. The 20,000 square foot building houses one of Dallas’ oldest congregations and currently allows many community service organizations to utilize space in their facility including a health clinic, legal assistance, day care and refugee relocation Ministries.
ARCHITEXAS conducted a workshop to develop a comprehensive program and produced a phased master plan. ARCHITEXAS assisted in securing significant grants from foundations to fund $350,000 for Phase I. Phase II was the restoration of the original sanctuary and the parlor was restored in 2004.
In 2010, ARCHITEXAS provided historic preservation consulting services for the corner tower restoration and kitchen renovation study, providing cost estimations for both.
Lutcher Memorial Building
ARCHITEXAS prepared a restoration master plan for the Lutcher Memorial Building of the First Presbyterian Church in Orange, Texas in 2007. This plan assessed the physical condition of the exterior and interior of the building. Additionally the plan made recommendations on the preservation of the interior finishes and exterior copper clad dome. Improved accessibility to meet building codes and ADA requirements were designed in a manner that would retain its historical integrity. Sensitive integration of modern mechanical, electrical and plumbing, and audio-visual systems was also addressed.
The Lutcher Memorial Building is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark and all work and modifications were done so as to meet the Secretary of the Interiors Standards.
Old Rock Church
near Cranfills Gap, Texas
Old St. Olaf’s Church, also known as the Old Rock Church, exists in a remarkable state of preservation. Few modifications have been made to the building since its original construction in 1886, and power, water and other modern amenities have never been introduced. A sacred and inspiring place, the church is open to the public on a daily basis as a rare example of 19th Century life in Texas.
In 2008, the congregation hired ARCHITEXAS to complete a master plan for the church. Their goals were the restoration of the church and the establishment of a new support facility in order to preserve the historic setting while making it a more viable venue for weddings, special events and other organized visitation.
ARCHITEXAS and its consultants conducted a detailed survey and analysis of the historic Old Rock Church to determine existing conditions and prepare preservation, restoration and rehabilitation recommendations. The resulting Master Plan described both the condition of the church and recommendations for its restoration, and presents a conceptual design for a new support pavilion to be located to the east of the church. The congregation has since utilized the Master Plan in the successful restoration of the church building and partial restoration of the site.
Shepherd of Life Lutheran Church
ARCHITEXAS provided a long range master plan for expansion of an existing “First Unit” facility for a congregation in Arlington. To produce the master plan, ARCHITEXAS conducted a programming and design workshop to establish the church’s long range goals, needs, facts and concepts, to develop a multi-phased plan for future expansion. The master plan was designed to accommodate a new sanctuary to seat 350. The original worship area was converted to a fellowship hall. Additional classrooms and expanded parking were also included. ARCHITEXAS provided full architectural services through construction to complete the new campus.
ARCHITEXAS is currently providing programming and design services for the construction of a new building addition that may be in the 14,000 to 20,000 square feet range.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
ARCHITEXAS prepared a Master Plan for the 1868 historic St. Paul Lutheran Church and site in Serbin, Texas in the summer 2009. ARCHITEXAS has begun the initial phase of rehabilitation following the Level I Critical Rehabilitation Recommendations listed in the Master Plan. The project includes foundation repair, interior concrete slab replacement, exterior and interior masonry wall and stucco repair, water management and drainage, addition of outside fresh air to HVAC system, fire alarm system, and window restoration or replacement.
Tree of Life Lutheran Church
ARCHITEXAS provided full architectural and master planning services for a mission congregation in a high-growth Dallas suburb. The seven-acre tract was planned to facilitate a “First Unit” multi-purpose structure, a large sanctuary and chapel, a parochial school (K-6) and a gymnasium. The site required re-zoning from agricultural zoning, replatting and new utility services. ARCHITEXAS then provided full architectural and construction administration services for the 8,200 square foot Phase I “First Unit,” which included classrooms, kitchen, pastor’s office, fellowship area and worship area to seat 300. The Phase I “First Unit” will become the fellowship hall when the new sanctuary is built. Phase I was constructed by the Laborers for Christ at a much reduced cost per square foot.
Museums, visitors’ centers, theaters and centers for the performing arts all make a difference in the civic vitality of communities and help them to revive their sense of place.
ARCHITEXAS provides services to a broad range of public and non-profit clients. We have done it all including creating civic gathering places for festivals, restoring historic fair grounds, designing city halls, restoring railroad depots, adapting historic buildings for use as museums and performing arts facilities, and energizing town centers with comprehensive master plans.
College Park Pavilion
ARCHITEXAS provided architectural and engineering services for the College Park Picnic Pavilion and Improvements project. ARCHITEXAS was hired as the Architect of Record, working with the Design Architect, Snohetta. The scope of architectural and engineering services included pre-design through construction administration. The project construction budget includes replacement of the existing picnic pavilion, replacement of the existing playground, and site furnishings.
Fair Park is today enjoying a renaissance. Over $100 million has been invested in the park over the past ten years. ARCHITEXAS has been a part of that revival, having completed the first full restoration in the park - the Tower Building. The 1936 Federal Building, known as the Tower Building, is one of the most prominent exhibit and events buildings at Fair Park. The gilded fluted tower rises 170 feet, well above the surrounding structures and is capped by a gilded eagle. Based on a master plan completed in 1997, ARCHITEXAS has completed three phases of work that includes the exterior restoration and the reconstruction of the dilapidated original exhibit hall with new construction that provides improved column spacing and state of the art lighting and sound systems. ARCHITEXAS also played a significant role in the Fair Park Comprehensive Development Plan, completed in 2003, which sets the stage for the park’s future.
ARCHITEXAS provided full architectural services for the design and construction of the new Grapevine Convention and Visitor’s Bureau in historic downtown Grapevine, Texas. The new building fi ts the scale and context of the downtown historic Main Street district by combining elements of historic commercial structures from around Texas into a single, cohesive building with a 120’ corner clock tower. The new 40,000 square foot building houses office, meeting, museum and retail space and provides public parking accommodations.
Grapevine Cotton Belt Depot
ARCHITEXAS provided historic preservation and architectural services for the restoration of the Cotton Belt Depot for the Grapevine Heritage Foundation at Grapevine Heritage Park. The surviving portions of the depot were found in two locations
in the community. These sections were acquired and moved back to their original location on the Cotton Belt Railroad near Main Street in Grapevine. The two sections were set in place and new a new center section reconstructed to match the original design was also installed. The exterior and interior were restored to their original design with historic paint colors. The restored depot facilitates the Grapevine Heritage Museum, a Visitor’s Center and acts as a passenger depot for the Grapevine Steam Train. The depot is one building in a campus of structures that comprise Grapevine’s Heritage Park, which includes a farmer’s market, an arts and crafts compound and the restored Cotton Belt Depot Railroad Section House.
Kyle City Hall
The 1912 Kyle City Hall is one of the most historically significant buildings in the City of Kyle. Constructed in the Mission Revival style by architect R.L. Thomas of Austin, Texas, the building remains at the heart of the central community park and is a defining landmark to downtown Kyle. The City Hall has undergone many alterations throughout the years, hiding or eliminating a significant amount of the building’s historic character.
ARCHITEXAS was commissioned by the City of Kyle to restore and rehabilitate the structure to act as a centralized city building for community use and an activities center for senior citizens. Exterior work included the restoration of the brick masonry and stucco, reconstruction of the East entry, addition of railings and guard rails at the East entry, replacement of the roofing, addition of gutters and leaders, repair of stucco finish, replacement of the wood window and door assemblies, and repair of the wood soffit. Interior work included the restoration of the grand auditorium space and the addition of a catering kitchen, ADA restrooms, and storage.
LBJ Library and Museum
ARCHITEXAS provided a restoration master plan and preservation architectural services for the exterior restoration of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum (LBJ Library and Museum) building and its surrounding plaza plinth walls at the University of Texas campus in Austin. ARCHITEXAS worked with a team of experts in the rehabilitation of the Library and Museum’s Plaza.
As Historic Preservation Architects for the LBJ Library and Museum, ARCHITEXAS’ work included assessing the integrity and condition of the structure’s stone veneer and working with consultants to study the substructure, material properties and drainage of the stone pavers. ARCHITEXAS was also responsible for preparation of the construction documents and construction administration for the restoration of the Museum and Library’s exterior and surrounding plaza plinth walls. This work included masonry cleaning, replacing incompatible patches, repairing cracked and spalled stones, replacing flashing and sealants, reworking flashing and weep system below terraces, and repairing water damage at soffits.
Sulphur Springs City Hall
Sulphur Springs, Texas
In 2006, ARCHITEXAS completed a rehabilitation study of the historic Old Sulphur Springs Post Office. The post office was previously converted to the local library but has been vacant for several years and was in danger of sale or demolition. The purpose of the report was to describe the general condition of the building with recommendations for rehabilitation and modifications necessary to allow the City of Sulphur Springs to adapt and utilize the building for municipal operations without compromising the integrity of the historical building fabric.
In 2011, ARCHITEXAS completed a Master Planning and Programming Services which included designs for future expansions that utilize the entire site in a manner that complements the downtown redevelopment vision. The initial phase of the three phase approach includes a sympathetic addition and outdoor plaza that is connected to the back side of the building that will house the fire stair, elevator, and ADA compliant restrooms which allows for the interior of the historic structure to be maximized for city hall and municipal courtroom functions. Construction of phase one began in summer 2013 and was completed by fall of 2014. The second and third phase expansions will include additional City office space based on the long range space needs analysis.
TPWD Daingerfield State Park
ARCHITEXAS served as the Historic Preservation Architect for the restoration and rehabilitation of the CCC structures at Daingerfield State Park. Developed in the 1930’s under the New Deal program, the project includes the restoration of the park’s three historic structures – the Bass Lodge, Boat House and Concession Building. Built in 1935, these buildings have been in continuous use since that time, and required upgrades to meet ADA and building code requirements in addition to receiving overall restorations. These projects combine the restoration of key exterior features, while renovating several interior functions to correspond to the changing needs of the Park.
ARCHITEXAS’ work includes completion of historic preservation research, existing materials survey, programming, consultation on the integration of the new mechanical systems, preparation of construction documents for the historic features to be restored and reconstructed, as well as the design of new features incorporated into the building interiors.
TPWD Tyler State Park Area 10 Structures
ARCHITEXAS provided architectural design services for the adaptive reuse and exterior rehabilitation of a Group Dining Hall and six shelter buildings at Tyler State Park. The buildings, constructed in 1967, were originally designed as open air buildings. The design scope included integrating window and door systems into the existing structures in a way that would complement the original designs of the buildings. ARCHITEXAS’ work included research, existing materials survey, and preparation of construction documents.
UT Arno Nowotny Building Exterior Restoration
ARCHITEXAS provided full restoration and architectural services for the exterior building restoration of the Arno Nowotny Building at the University of Texas.
UT Austin Main Building
ARCHITEXAS served as the Historic Preservation Architects and produced a Feasibility Study for Exterior Restoration and Rehabilitation of the 1936 Main Building at the University of Texas. French architect Paul Philippe Cret designed this Spanish Renaissance style architectural masterpiece that is the central feature of the 40-acre historic campus that he master planned. As part of the feasibility study, ARCHITEXAS conducted historic research, an existing facilities survey of the exterior building envelope (including the clock, bell, and observation level of the tower), exterior ADA and building code analysis, developed a recommended maintenance plan, and produced an estimate of probable cost for exterior envelope restoration and rehabilitation.
ARCHITEXAS is currently fund raising for the project, and in the meantime will be working with the University to prepare a mock-up of two restored steel window units and cast iron spandrel panel.
UT Geography Building
The University of Texas' historic Geography Building was one of the earliest buildings designed by prominent architect Mark Lemmon during his tenure as Consulting Architect for the University. Although later than ACC's Rio Grande Campus Main Building, there are many material and stylistic similarities. Brick masonry with stone detailing are character defining features of both structures. Attention to energy conservation, preservation of historic materials and functional contemporary design of interior spaces provide for common design approaches in each case.
ARCHITEXAS was the prime Architect for the renovation and expansion of approximately 30,000 gross square feet (GSF) of existing space on four floors and 11,000 GSF of new construction. The new addition was designed to be compatible with the historic building in scale and materials while incorporating a contemporary design expression. The building provides office space for several groups in the College of Liberal Arts, including the Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for African American Studies.
White Rock Boathouse
ARCHITEXAS provided master planning services historic preservation and adaptive-use services to design a rowing center for White Rock Lake. The center was designed to be in one of two abandoned filter basins of a former water treatment plant, recycled via excavation of fill, and has a roof addition. It uniquely creates a boat storage structure that is in an ideal size for White Rock Lake, and is served by two future docks.
The project also restored the filter and chemical building and filter tanks into an assembly room for meetings and receptions that can spill onto the terraces and grounds below, overlooking the lake. The 6,300 square foot structure built in 1921, in the Neo-Classical style, is a concrete structure with load bearing masonry walls, atop 10,000 square feet of filters and gallery below grade. The non-profit project by White Rock Boathouse, Inc. paved fifty-five parking spaces atop the second, filled basin, adjacent and below grade. The 135-hull boathouse serves the expanding Dallas area rowing organizations and individual recreational, high school and collegiate levels, providing additional support rooms such as training, shop and administrative space, as well as becoming a significant competition venue.
Wylie Municipal Complex
ARCHITEXAS is leading the project as architect of record in association with design architect Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture to provide architectural services for a new municipal facility that includes a city hall, library and recreation center for the City of Wylie. The scope of services began with assisting the city in site selection and program/budget refinement. In this phase of work ARCHITEXAS analyzed, evaluated and made recommendations for sites identified by the City and also assisted in the decision making process. The selected site is a rural landscape, which will eventually become the town center based on current patterns.
The design is distinguished by an 800 foot long load bearing stone wall and a steel structure that is an integral part of the architectural part of the architectural expression. The stone wall unites the three buildings and integrates them into the natural landscape. The project will also incorporate significant sustainable elements including a rainwater harvest system.
Residences are by their nature the most personal of designs. ARCHITEXAS knows the decisions made and the designs revealed are rare and challenging exercises in personal discovery. We believe the client knows their own needs and desires.
ARCHITEXAS provides highly-sensitive designs for additions and alterations to some of Dallas’ finest historic homes. We also have commercial experience with loft conversions and multi-family housing incorporating sustainable and new town-planning principles.
ARCHITEXAS provided phased master plan and full architectural services for the renovation of an historic residence by Charles Stevens Dilbeck. The house combines romantic and whimsical features with pragmatic planning that responds to Texas weather and the condition of the original site. The project involved first documenting the house, followed by moving it two miles away to a new site, and design and construction documents for an addition, which nearly doubled the size of the house. The residence was originally built as a country home for a newspaper editor in 1937. Site planning for a 57 acre site was also included as well as designs for a stable, barn, pool house and entrance gate. The original house was moved in 1999.
ARCHITEXAS was commissioned by the Mesquite Historical Commission and the City of Mesquite to provide full architectural and master planning services for the restoration of an 1871 farmstead in Mesquite. The farmhouse was expanded in 1891, 1925 and 1940. The house became a farmstead museum and was restored to the 1891 design, which depicts the farm lifestyle in the late nineteenth century. The four-acre Florence Farmstead (originally 1,000 acres) includes the original house and ancillary buildings, which will be accurately restored in later phases. Initially, ARCHITEXAS completed a Historic Structure Report for the restoration and development of the farmstead, which identified independent phases and associated costs that allowed for a fund-raising campaign and grant requirements. ARCHITEXAS also prepared colored renderings and promotional drawings to assist the commission in soliciting funds and grants. The project was funded by Mesquite Hotel Motel Tax Revenues and a grant from the Meadows Foundation. As a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark the project was reviewed by the Texas Historic Commission for architecture compliance.
Gillin - Bishop House
ARCHITEXAS conducted a thorough conditions analysis of the Gillin-Bishop house in Dallas, Texas and prepared a Restoration Master Plan documenting the conditions and necessary repairs following hail and flood damage to the home. The master plan addressed appropriate treatments to all the building materials including the copper roof, steel sash windows and stone masonry.
Designed by world renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, the house was constructed in 1958 at which time Wright described it as one of the "finest examples of organic architecture." The house is the last designed and constructed under Wright's supervision before his death in April, 1959. The home is a remarkable piece of architecture for both the City of Dallas and on a National level.
University Park, Texas
In 2003, ARCHITEXAS provided full architectural services for the expansion of the Kozmetsky residence at 4117 Windsor Parkway. The expansion consisted of a family/great room, a master bedroom suite, an improved kitchen and a third level that could be future finish out for occupancy. In 2008, ARCHITEXAS designed a rear garden patio and pool for which involved a unique solution to zoning restrictions. The project also included creative design solutions to allow the second level deck and game room to be built atop an existing non-conforming two-car garage.
Mary Christian Burleson Homestead
ARCHITEXAS prepared a Historic Structures Report for the historic Mary Christian Burleson Homestead in Elgin, Texas alongside an archaeologist and historians. ARCHITEXAS has donated a portion of the research needed and cut the cost of the Historic Structures Report bid by over $3,000 dollars for the Mary Christian Burleson Homestead Preservation and Development Foundation non-profit.
ARCHITEXAS provided full architectural services to master plan, restore and enlarge a 7,000 sq. ft. Colonial Revival home, in Highland Park at Armstrong Boulevard and Belfort. The well-built house by Foshee and Cheek, 1937, was modified carefully, to take advantage of two enormous red oak trees in the front yard on the spacious corner lot. A four bedroom, two guest room, nine-bath house was expanded to wrap around a pool court, defined by the kitchen wing, cabana and greenhouse. The rear garden motor court serves as a private entry in the rear garden. The additions refer to the late eighteenth century Tidewater Virginia style.
ARCHITEXAS provided full architectural services for a new 1,000 sq. ft. rear garden art studio/office, and retroversion of the existing studio, back to a two car garage. The new design was a sleek and simple low-maintenance concept, with passive-solar orientation, clad in cementious clapboard stained siding compatible with the existing 1950’s modern residence. A master landscape plan was done for the backyard with Armstrong-Berger, landscape architects.
Projects in Progress
Here’s a peek at what we’ve been working on lately!
Barfield Building Rehabilitation | Full Service Hotel
Originally the Oliver Rea Eakle Building, the Barfield Building is located on Polk Street in downtown Amarillo, Texas. Constructed in 1926, the Barfield Building is a ten story building with a basement designed by Wyatt C. Hedrick. Originally the Barfield Building was designed as an office building with retail on the ground floor. Though the building has been renovated and modified in the past and is currently vacant, it retains much of its original historical integrity. The proposed development plan is to adapt the building to a boutique hotel with accompanying related hospitality functions. it is planned to have 110 guest rooms, restaurant and event accommodations. The adjacent vacant property was acquired to allow for the construction of a 130 car parking garage and amenity roof deck that includes a fitness center, full service bar and signature pool.
ARCHITEXAS will be acting as the architect of record and the preservation architect, in which we provide project design and historic preservation guidance that includes the exterior design, interior design, and provide technical rehabilitation and restoration treatments that complies with the federal historic preservation standards. In addition, ARCHITEXAS will prepare the required Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit documentation to receive the Federal Tax Credit that includes Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the process. ARCHITEXAS will also include the preparation of documents required for the recently adopted Texas State Tax Credits, Parts A, B and C.
ARCHITEXAS is developing the architectural design and contract documents for a new arts incubator space in the historic Boedeker Manufacturing Building at 1201 South Ervay in Dallas, Texas. The concept for The Cedars Union is to promote the self-sufficiency of artists and will provide studio space and work training for its members. Other programmatic requirements will include offices and support spaces for Cedars Union staff; training rooms; studio apartments for artists in residence; ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ communal areas; restaurant and bar lease space; a visitor’s lounge; and various support and access functions for people and equipment.
Eagle Pass Library
Eagle Pass, Texas
In 2008, the City of Eagle Pass completed a feasibility study of the historic public library building. The purpose of the report was to describe the general conditions of the building with recommendations for rehabilitation and modifications necessary to allow the City of Eagle Pass to bring the facility into compliance with ADA and life safety regulations.
In 2013, ARCHITEXAS was hired to design an addition to the historic structure that would contain the elevator, fire stair and ADA compliant restrooms. The addition had to be compatible with the massing, size and scale of the historic building without compromising the historic integrity of the property. A revised parking scheme and a new accessible ramp entry is planned for the back of the building. Upgrades are currently planned for the MEP systems in the existing building as well as restoration of some of the interior spaces and finishes.
Construction documents were completed in 2014 and construction is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2016.
First Presbyterian Church
ARCHITEXAS is providing conceptual design services for the First Presbyterian Church in Hillsboro, Texas. To produce a conceptual design that realized the congregation's vision, ARCHITEXAS conducted a programming and design workshop to establish the church’s long range goals, needs, facts and concepts, to develop a multi-phased plan for future expansion. The initial design concept was designed to create a larger Community Gathering Place; a Narthex adjacent to the worship area; clear paths of circulation through the facilities; a parlor near the worship area to accommodate weddings, funerals, and fellowship; a nursery near the sanctuary; excellent accessible restrooms; and adequate parking.
First Presbyterian Church, Dallas
The present sanctuary and Harwood Street Educational Building of the First Presybterian Church of Dallas were built in 1911-12 by the Alex Watson Construction Company. The Greek Revival church edifice was designed by C.D. Hill, a prominent Dallas architect. The Corinthian columns that flank the entrance doors on Harwood and Wood Streets are monolithic - the first in Dallas. Each column was shipped to Dallas on a separate flatcar from Indiana.
ARCHITEXAS is providing architectural services to the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, Texas. Services include an Existing Facilities Survey, Schematic Design Confirmation, and Contractor Selection, to date.
Gables - McKinney Routh Townhomes
ARCHITEXAS is providing architectural and historic preservation services for further development of the planned new mixed use retail and housing project located on a site bounded by McKinney Avenue, Fairmount, Routh and State Streets in Dallas, Texas.
Gandy Retail Development
ARCHITEXAS is providing schematic design work for the Gandy Development on Sylvan Avenue in Dallas, Texas. The project involves designing new retail space for an empty lot across from the old Belmont Hotel. The new building will house retail shops.
Grapevine Station and Hotel
A new Rail Station is to be located at the prominent site on Main Street in downtown Grapevine to serve the planned Tex-Rail commuter rail line. The site is on the historic Cotton Belt Railroad line and adjacent (just South of) the restored historic Cotton Belt Depot and the Grapevine Heritage Center. City leadership has determined that the location is ideal for a prominent public building that can serve as a significant contributor to downtown Grapevine historic district and serve as a gateway to the district from the South. The design is to have historical reference recalling grand train stations and to the history of Grapevine complementing the existing historical preservation and vision of downtown Grapevine.
Extensive historical research and meetings with the city council and staff have been underway to develop a conceptual design that encompasses the vision for the project. The current conceptual design references a historic station and has adapted this into a design that provides for a community accessible building fronting a significant public plaza, grand train hall, meeting space, a retail market and 150 room boutique hotel. A 400 car parking garage and bus service for commuters will be integrated into the design in an architecturally compatible manner.
Hardeman County Courthouse
ARCHITEXAS prepared a Historic Structures Report that included a restoration master plan for the historic Hardeman County Courthouse. The courthouse, designed by R.H. Stuckey, was constructed in 1908 by Thomas Lovell & Sons. The Historic Structures Report included a detailed and comprehensive evaluation of existing conditions and recommendations for the most appropriate method to stabilize and preserve this valuable historic resource. Since no original drawings existed, ARCHITEXAS field measured the building so that plans and elevation of the structure could be drawn and an accurate analysis could be made. The master plan met standards for the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program (THCPP) for the full restoration of the building, and the project was granted funding to develop Construction Documents for the exterior and interior restoration. Two separate grants were received from the THCPP - one for the exterior restoration, completed in June of 2012, and a second for the interior restoration, completed in June of 2014.
Hope Lutheran Church
ARCHITEXAS provided a long range phased master plan for design, construction, and expansion of the Hope Lutheran Church in Leander, Texas. To produce the master plan, ARCHITEXAS conducted a programming and design workshop to establish the church’s long range goals, needs, facts and concepts, to develop a multi-phased plan for future expansion. Currently, ARCHITEXAS is providing full architectural services for Hope Lutheran.
Lamar County Courthouse
ARCHITEXAS is providing historic preservation and architectural services for the exterior envelope of the Lamar County Courthouse in Paris, Texas. The project involves repairs and partial restoration of architectural features and finishes damaged by water infiltration as defined by the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
McKinney Flour Mill
The Collin County Mill and Elevator Company, known locally as the McKinney Flour Mill is part of a multiple property listing for the city of McKinney. ARCHITEXAS is providing architectural and preservation consulting services to the McKinney Flour Mill in McKinney, Texas. A detailed examination of the exterior and interior surfaces was conducted to determine eligibility for Federal and State tax credit documentation, consistent with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation.
Mid Elm Lofts
ARCHITEXAS is developing the architectural design and contract documents for a mixed-use residential, retail, restaurant space on Elm Street in Dallas, Texas.
One Main Place
One Main Place is a 34 story International Style skyscraper in the heart of downtown Dallas. ARCHITEXAS is providing historic preservation consulting services for the project team led by Dallas-based architect ForestPerkins and the building's owners, KFK Group and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. ARCHITEXAS successfully prepared a National Register nomination and worked with the Texas Historical Commission (THC) and the National Park Service during the review and approval process.
Potter County Law Enforcement Complex
ARCHITEXAS provided Architectural Programming and Master Planning Services for multiple Potter County facilities. The scope of the study was to develop a master plan and project budget for three Sheriff Administration buildings, a new District Courts Building and a downtown green space on an entire city block. The study included defining short and long-term programmatic needs for departments and personnel for each building. ARCHITEXAS also worked with the County on development of a phasing strategy and implementation plan.
The buildings included a 142,000 s.f. downtown Districts Court Building, a 42,000 s.f. Sheriff Administration Building, a 16,000 s.f. Maintenance and Workshop Garage, and a storage facility. ARCHITEXAS also prepared a digital 3D model of the downtown green space project site and surrounding context, 3D massing for the District Courts Building, and a concept rendering for the Sheriff Administration Building. ARCHITEXAS was recently hired to develop Construction Drawings for the three Sheriff Buildings, which are scheduled to begin construction in Spring 2016.
Purse Building Rehabilitation
West End Historic District | Dallas, Texas
This historical landmark, located at 601 Elm Street stands empty at the gateway to the West End Historic District, facing the Dallas County Founders Park and the Kennedy Memorial.
The Purse Building is on the National Register of Historic Places and will be a Certified Rehabilitation, taking advantage of the State and Federal Historic Investment Tax Credits. The building has been vacant since the Dallas County Records staff vacated the premises in the early 1990's. The plans call for the complete restoration of the exterior and adaptation of the building's interior, which preserves its historical integrity.
When the building rehabilitation is complete it will boast 15,581 square feet of retail spaces equipped to accommodate up to five unique concepts; a new restaurant on the park for the county employees and tourists, a specialty shop serving prepared foods, a basement speak easy reminiscent of the 60's, a rooftop restaurant that will have one of a kind views of the downtown skyline, and a coffee and wine bar opening to the light rail where commuters can co-mingle with residents of the West End. In addition to retail space, the building will house five floors of office space in a heavy timber, historic environment suitable for open office space or subdivision for smaller office users.
Rehabilitation - 603 Munger Avenue
ARCHITEXAS, in partnership with GFF Architects, is providing historic preservation architectural services to Granite Properties in the rehabilitation of the historic Brown Cracker and Candy Company Building in Dallas' West End Historic District. The scope of services began with a full building condition and historical assessment and detailed measured drawings of the factory building. Originally constructed in three phases over 25 years, the complex structure was then modeled in Revit Software. ARCHITEXAS then prepared exterior rehabilitation drawings detailing the rehabilitation of historic finishes. GFF prepared the interior construction documentation using the Revit model. Intended to serve as high-end speculative office space, the building is being rehabilitated using state and federal tax credits. ARCHITEXAS is providing full tax credit consulting services including guidance of the design team in acceptable rehabilitation practices. The project is currently in the construction documentation phase and is expected to be completed in early 2017.
San Saba County Courthouse
San Saba, Texas
The San Saba County Courthouse was built in 1911. The Classical Revival-style courthouse is constructed of brick and sandstone, representative of a special period in Texas history, and contains classical elements like a domed clock tower, ionic capitals, two-story columns, and dentated cornices. One of the striking features of the courthouse is the bold inscription on the entrances. On the frieze beneath "San Saba" are the words, "From the People to the People."
ARCHITEXAS is providing construction administration for Phase I electrical system and stairway emergency repairs.
ARCHITEXAS is currently working on the adaptive re - use of an abandoned main street theater in downtown Athens, Texas to an outdoor performing arts and multi-use facility.
The Grand Lodge of Texas A.F. & A.M.
The Grand Lodge of Texas Ancient Free and Accepted Masons was constructed between 1948 and 1950 in Waco, Texas. ARCHITEXAS has prepared a Historic Structure Report and Master Plan for The Grand Lodge of Texas A.F. & A.M. Currently, ARCHITEXAS is providing architectural services for The Grand Lodge to adaptively reuse the building as well as update all MEP systems throughout the 1940s Art Deco structure.
Trinity University Master Plan
San Antonio, Texas
ARCHITEXAS was retained in October of 2015 by Page Southerland Page (Page) to provide Preservation Architectural Consulting Services for a Master Planning project at Trinity University in San Antonio.
Trinity University occupies a 117 acre campus, the fourth location since its 1869 founding. The site was previously a limestone quarry and it situated along a beautifully landscaped escarpment with commanding views of downtown San Antonio 3 miles to the South. The residential Monte Vista Historic District is immediately West of the main campus, Olmos Park and Alamo Heights neighborhoods are to the North and Brackenridge Park is to the East.
Prominent San Antonio architect O'Neil Ford (1905-1982) had an early and lasting impact on the design of the Trinity "Skyline Campus". Beginning with a Master Plan in the mid 1940's until his death in 1982, Ford's influence is ubiquitous. His palate of red (Bridgeport Pink) bricks and regionally inspired modernist buildings has resulted in a campus setting that is unmatched in character among Texas Universities.
It is in this context that ARCHITEXAS collected historical background documentation, surveyed most of the campus buildings and developed categories and definitions of historical and architectural significance to assign each of the structures. These Trinity specific classifications have been created with input from and consensus approval of the Campus Master Plan Committee and project team. The use of this information will provide an important framework for decisions regarding the presentation, rehabilitation, additions to or replacement of campus resources.
UT Santa Rita Oil Restoration
Santa Rita No. 1, located in Section 2, Block 2, University of Texas lands in Reagan County, came in on May 28, 1923. Early on May 28, with no further drilling, the Santa Rita roared to life, sprayed oil over the top of the derrick, and covered a 250-yard area around the site. ARCHITEXAS is providing full restoration and architectural services to the University of Texas for the project.
The historic church in Walburg, Texas is in need of an enlarged sanctuary for its growing congregation. The existing church, constructed in 1959, is undersized for the current worship attendance and liturgical worship functions. The narthex is undersized as well. The expansion will incorporate a significant portion of the existing historic sanctuary to be converted to a large narthex and a new 550 seat worship space that reflects the Lutheran liturgical arrangements with focus on the altar and central cross. An immersible baptismal font will be placed at the entrance to the worship area. The new worship space will be similar in design and complement the existing historic sanctuary in form and material. Historic art glass will be preserved and integrated into the new design.