WINTER 2020 MEMBER NEWSLETTER

 
 

NEWSLETTER CONTENTS

  • APT Texas Regional Map
  • Introducing the APT Texas Houston Regional Directors 
  • Project Highlights
  • Student Grant Recipients
  • APTi Building Heritage Library
  • Upcoming Events

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR APT TEXAS STUDENT EDUCATIONAL GRANT RECIPIENTS

Christina Frasier

UT San Antonio

Ekaterina Menkina

UT Tyler

Roberta Wallace

UT Tyler

Alexandra T Wysopal

UT Austin

These students will be presenting their grant-funded projects this spring. Stay tuned!

THE APTi BUILDING TECHNOLOGY HERITAGE LIBRARY TURNS 10!

The Building Technology Heritage Library (BTHL) is primarily a collection of architectural trade catalogs, house plan books, and technical building guides. A special publication marking the tenth anniversary of the APT Building Technology Heritage Library was released in Oct 2020. 

GET INVOLVED

Are you interested in being more involved with APT Texas? Would you like to host an event or present a project? Contact us at apttexas@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you!

UPCOMING EVENTS

APT TEXAS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Izabella Z. Nuckels

APT Texas President


Andrew Billingsley

APT Texas Vice President


Katie Totman

APT Texas Treasurer


Lorelei Willett

APT Texas Secretary


Doris Eichberg

APT Texas Immediate Past President

 

APT Texas Regional Map

Visit the APT Texas website to see who your regional directors are. Special thanks to Nicky DeFreece Emery for creating this map!

 

Member Feature:

Kerry Goelzer and Olivia Tarricone 

Houston/Galveston Co-Regional Directors

Kerry Goelzer, AIA

Olivia Tarricone, AIA

We are so excited to highlight a couple of our amazing regional directors! Kerry is an architect and founder of Kerry Goelzer Associates, an architectural firm focused on historic building renovations, adaptive reuse and rejuvenating urban parks. Olivia is a Preservation Architect for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, located in Houston. Read their full bios on our page!

The Houston/Galveston Region of APT Texas has had success in partnering with other Houston-area preservation organizations and are doing so again for the AIA Houston Historic Resources Committee Winter/Spring Speaker Series for 2021. This series is a virtual continuation of the postponed Spring 2020 speakers. The goal of the series is to increase the visibility of historic preservation and adaptive reuse in our region, as well as to promote exceptional projects, lessons learned, and innovative strategies. In previous years we were hosted by Café Brasil in Houston and attendees enjoyed a beverage and conversation before the talk, and although we are sad to be apart, we are pleased that this format will allow the lecture to be viewed by anyone across the state and country. We hope you all will attend virtually by bringing along your own warm or cold beverage of choice and finding a cozy spot to settle in and watch on your device.

The series kicks off on Thursday January 21st at noon with a talk by Miriam Kelly, AIA, Principal at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects in New York City. She will be discussing her firm’s design of the transformation of the TWA Flight Center at New York’s JFK airport into the TWA Hotel. The next talk will be by APT Texas’s very own Fran Gale on her “Adventures in Preservation”, and will be on Thursday February 18th at 6pm Central. Please see the APT Texas website for future dates as well as a discount code for APT members to receive the AIA member price for each lecture!

Project Highlight: El Paso 

The core of El Paso’s downtown as seen from the top floor of the O.T. Bassett Tower, looking west-southwest. March 2018.

The final nomination for the El Paso Downtown Historic District has been submitted to the Texas Historical Commission to seek approval from the Texas State Board of Review. Compiled by Hardy, Heck & Moore (HHM) of Austin, this survey is the culmination of efforts started by the El Paso County Historical Commission to update El Paso’s inventory of historically significant buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The El Paso County Commissioners Court voted to oversee the project in 2015, and surveying began in 2017. In total, 267 resources are included in the new historic district and is scheduled to be listed into the NRHP in June of 2021.

This survey marks a fundamental shift for the city. Currently, the locally-designated Downtown Historic District is composed of 23 contributing resources. Many of these properties were designed by regional architect Henry Trost and individually listed into the NRHP in 1980. For this survey, vernacular architecture is strongly represented alongside high-style commercial buildings, offering a more holistic view of the city’s development from the late 19th century through the early 1970s.

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