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#1 WileyClarkson

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 02:54 PM

I would like to know if any forum members can help me with an architectural project my grandfather has listed in his Professional Record of W. G. Clarkson & Company, Architects.  The record covers 1927 thru 1947.  In 1947, he lists "Preliminary, Travis Ave. Baptist Church   $350,000.00.  Would this be the 1952 addition to the north wing of the 1924 building and for architects in\ 1947, what would the word preliminary encompass?  I am still identifying, and locating my grandfather's projects.  I am photographing them for my web site and I am definitely still learning architectural terms/applications. 



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 03:19 PM

Travis has a library and I'm sure you could get access to archives.  Just call the front office Monday-Thursday during the day and ask for the librarian.  The Central Library downtown also has city archives.  

 

 

Good luck with your search! And please post back.  I've been involved as either a member or employee of Travis for some years.  They are a great neighbor on the South Side.


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#3 John T Roberts

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 03:53 PM

Preliminary drawings are usually the drawings we architects produce to show the client the basic design and plan of the building.  They don't contain enough information to build it, just enough to convey the design intent.  I'm not sure what building these drawings depict.  According to my records, the current sanctuary was designed by Preston Geren.



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Posted 16 June 2014 - 12:16 PM

John, thanks for the information on what/how the preliminary drawings are used.  I'm still learning this stuff.  I have found a number of instances of preliminary drawings on several of FW's buildings with no reference to full sets of plans.  I wish I had more detailed information on his projects.  I get surprised every so often by a project that isn't even listed in my grandfather's surviving files.  Since my mother passed away on April 1, I haven't had much time to chase out his projects and I am just now starting to see daylight.



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Posted 16 June 2014 - 02:56 PM

I'm sorry to hear of your mother's passing.  Over time, things will get better.

 

One of the reasons that you have preliminary drawings and no reference to full sets of plans may possibly be that the drawings never went any further than the "Preliminary" stage.  Many times, we will do a review set and label them as "Preliminary" and the project dies with that set of drawings.  The building also could have changed names between the preliminary drawings and the final construction documents.



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Posted 08 July 2016 - 11:31 AM

Travis' Mercy Clinic is moving into a new building:

 

Mercy-Clinic-FINAL-500.jpg

 

It is well-designed and will enhance the intersection, but for one flaw - the solid wall facing the street. 

 

If they insist on the north-facing entrance, could there not be a side entrance, for at least the facade of urbanism?


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Posted 10 July 2016 - 06:44 PM

Travis' Mercy Clinic is moving into a new building:
 
Mercy-Clinic-FINAL-500.jpg
 
It is well-designed and will enhance the intersection, but for one flaw - the solid wall facing the street. 
 
If they insist on the north-facing entrance, could there not be a side entrance, for at least the facade of urbanism?


I agree with you about the entrance. I sometimes get the feeling that entrances not facing the street discourage pedestrian activity. I mean the building is nicely done and is better than what was there before, but it also has a design that you could find at any suburban intersection in the mid-cities.

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Posted 10 July 2016 - 07:01 PM

Two things really bother me about that. 1- it does look really suburban. Like a house or something. The sloped roof does'nt fit in at all. 2- it's facing the wrong way, and the parking lot is where future buildings should be. Rotate the whole thing 90 degrees so the door is on the street and move parking behind it and it's a significant improvement. 



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Posted 01 August 2016 - 12:43 PM

It's awful....details are horrible when compared to the Georgian styled church....yes, very suburban....gotta love the shutter detail on the paired windows (like if they actually worked, which window half would that center shutter cover? )






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