How McAllen turned a vacant Walmart into one of the most architecturally imaginative libraries in the country.
The recent renovation to the state's most historic home left some preservationists worried that the changes to the mansion would be too significant.
Take a virtual tour of the new McAllen Public Library, built inside an abandoned Walmart.
The Perrys are expected to move back into the Greek Revival mansion, which was torched by arsonists in 2008, next month.
“The Trinity River is the biggest problem you have in Dallas today,” declared landscape architect George Kessler in his comprehensive plan for the city a century ago. And so it has remained: an undeveloped flood-prone eyesore that requires an extensive system of levees to protect residents and property. On March
The architects show us what's on their desk.
It took less than twenty seconds to take down the sixty-year-old MD Anderson building, which was demolished to make way for new clinical space.
Houston has always prided itself as a city that barrels forward into the future, and operates without memory, regret or nostalgia. But when developers began messing with the historic River Oaks Shopping Center, Houstonians raised their hackles.
Writer Guy Martin talks to Ted Flato, one half of the visionary architect duo from San Antonio, about the merciless sun, the Texas breeze, and Tommy Lee Jones.
An excerpt from the introduction.
A tour of our greatest architectural master-pieces—from the Alamo to the World Birding Center—shows how the collision of the Old World and the New forged a unique style on the Texas frontier.
The population of Texas is rapidly expanding—from just under 24 million today to perhaps 50 million in 2040, according to the state demographer—and someone has to put out the welcome mat for all our neighbors-to-be. It may very well be the founder and chairman of D.R. Horton, one of the
The Austin Museum of Art tries to right itself, again.
How three Dallas area developers are beating back the threat of soulless sprawl by restoring a sense of community.
The billionaire Basses had a vision—and money, of course. Now, thanks to their efforts, Fort Worth has the hottest downtown in Texas.
The ceramic designs created by these four Texas studios will look great in your kitchen or bathroom—and except for their shape, there’s nothing square about them.
Why hire an architect, an interior designer, a graphic designer, and an image consultant when one person can do the whole job? That’s the idea 29-year-old Trinh Pham has been building on since she earned an architecture degree from the University of Houston in 1991. Her first big job had
Bob Ragan’s nationally renowned, intricately detailed stone carvings have a distinctly European look. Is it any wonder he lives in a place called Florence?
The contrversial color of ASan Antonio’s new public library is only the latest indication that architect Ricardo Legorreta isn’t afraid to buck convention.
Building a better Fort Worth.
More people visit San Antonio’s River Walk than the Alamo. Here’s why—our complete guide to the sights, restaurants, shops, and lore of Texas’ most popular urban park.
“Still ahead of its time, even after twenty years,” says architect Doug Michels about Ant Farm’s futuristic House of the Century, designed and built in 1972. The colony of anti-establishment architects (of whom Michels was one) christened themselves Ant Farm in honor of the toy ant colonies popular in the
In downtown Mexico City are the ruins of the great Aztec pyramid, the site where one empire ended and a new world began.
Empty office buildings . . . bankrupt developers . . . budget deficits. It’s Manhattan, 1975. Things sure have changed, and by learning from some Yankee real estate barons, maybe we can find a way out of our troubles.
Up for sale in Dallas, the Shanbaum house boasts a whopping 28,000 square feet and what may be Texas’ most comprehensive collection of sixties and seventies kitsch—along with a $2.75 million price tag.
In a glass-and-steel world of Houston skyscrapers, there was nothing like an art deco obelisk or a pink Gothic cathedral until architect Philip Johnson.
Welcome to Houston, the cutting edge of architecture. The local boys are turning a gentlemen’s profession into a business, the stylish out-of-towners are creating a new aesthetic, and neither group is filled with admiration for the other.
The intrigue behind the building of Houston’s Texas Commerce Tower was almost as monumental as the 75-story structure itself.
Architect John Staub, the forgotten genius of River Oaks, transformed a few nondescript Houston streets into Millionaires’ Row.
Years ago, kids used to play pioneer with Lincoln Logs. Today grown-ups are playing pioneer—only with real log cabins.
Now for something completely different: a house that’s not rectangles or squares.
How we learned to stop worrying and love the fifties.
The world is full of monuments to art—but how many can you live in?
Inside the cushy private boxes at Texas’ top sports stadiums, far from the madding crowd.
The Orange Show’s 75-year-old creator, Jeff McKissack, still goes dancing and is sure he will live to be a hundred.Never heard of the Orange Show? Then you’ve missed a razzle-dazzle piece of American folk art—an amusement park/sideshow that looks like a topless castle designed by a committee
What do you do when you have more paintings than walls to hang them on?
When is a wall not a wall? When it's a work of art.
A Texas farmhouse relives those thrilling days of yesteryear.
You won’t find Greta Garbo at these classic establishments, but some things that happen there are straight out of a movie.
Once again a critical eye is cast on those irregularities along the skyline called buildings.