The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 85, July 1981 - April, 1982 Page: 459
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sippi to the Pacific, edited by Constance M. Greiff almost half a cen-
tury later, Robinson directs his readers' attention to those Texas
examples now gone from the historic scene or denatured into insig-
Buildings are cultural symbols, tangible monuments to the pro-
gression of mankind. They link the generations as common partici-
pants in various roles of life. Ten generations of Texans have erected
buildings, formed unique types of tradition, and established signifi-
cant cultural history.
Within a broad range of text accompanied by many illustrations,
Robinson describes and illustrates the demise of important archi-
tectural examples significant to Texas history. Beginning with chap-
ters that reveal aspects of prehistoric and Hispanic heritages, then
ranging through various eras of cultural accomplishment, he laments
losses during these as well as the most recent period.
Howell's Lost Examples considers the "Colonial" period as an
Anglo-influenced culture associated solely with the eastern seaboard.
(And he even extends the Colonial period into the nineteeth centuryl)
Greiff's Lost America concentrates on economic growth and social
change. While Robinson also responds to economic advancement,
technical evolution, and changes therein associated, he is at his best as
a teacher of architectural history-emphasizing lessons within defined
historic canons of taste. These lessons should be well received, and a
comprehensive architectural glossary is included to assist the reader
The illustrations, over 250 in all, are good: historic architecture in
Texas is well illustrated with old as well as recent photographs. Photos
include examples from the Historic American Buildings surveys of the
thirties and sixties, various state, county, and city collections, and
those made by the author.
If the purpose of the book has been to identify the architectural
heritage of Texas and to share the loss of important examples, the
author has been successful.
One wishes, however, that at least four subjects had been more
fully covered: military architecture, important to the development of
the state (many Texas towns grew from those establishments), receives
but cursory treatment. The discussion of buildings associated with
agriculture (a subject in which the author has no peer) should have
been expanded in scope. Though the loss of grand mansions was la-
mented and well documented, vast numbers of rank-and-file small-
town residences of the last century passed with little notice. And what
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