The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957

Book Reviews

believe that our early Texas builders were style conscious when
they built these honest and sturdy dwellings, producing an in-
digenous architecture truly Texas in spirit in every sense of
the word.
Since the purpose of the book is to present homes built before
and during the Civil War, it seems questionable to include ex-
amples in which extensive remodeling has taken place. A case in
point is the Andrew Ponton-Madden Fly House in Gonzales,
which was changed from an original one-story to two stories in
1885 and which underwent further alterations in 1913. Also, the
Patterson and Goodman Houses in Tyler, as well as the Moores-
Watts-Pryor House in Texarkana, have undergone extensive re-
modeling in later years that completely altered the plans and
exteriors of the original houses. Again, for the purpose of the
book one can accept restoration of houses, but remodeling is
another thing altogether. Restoration, yes. Remodeling, no.
One also misses the inclusion of such fine old examples as the
Robertson and Toalson homes to be found in and out of Inde-
pendence, that historical spot and cultural center of Texas during
the mid-nineteenth century. The same thing is true regarding
examples of early Texas domestic architecture along the Rio
Grande in the Laredo-Roma-Rio Grande City area.
This reviewer fully recognizes the rather inexhaustible source
of materials as well as the physical limitations of a book such as
this one. He feels very definitely that the authors have made a
fine contribution to the literature of our domestic architectural
heritage and that they have provided a stimulus for those of us
who would preserve these vestiges of the building and life of early
Texans. This book should be in every public high school and
university library of our state. HUGH LYON McMATH
The University of Texas
Educational Competition: The Story of the University Inter-
scholastic League of Texas. By Roy Bedichek. Austin (Uni-
versity of Texas Press), 1956. Pp. xix+501. Index and ap-
pendices. $6.50.
While sitting at my typewriter thinking about this somewhat
immense book I have just concluded, I have been playing a little

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101163/. Accessed April 17, 2014.