The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 92, July 1988 - April, 1989 Page: 259
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Cover: Texas State Capitol Buddming by Elijah E. Myers, 1882. Watercolor, 41 x 64
inches. Courtesy State Preseivation Board.
This rendering of the Capitol probably arrived in Austin in early 1882
from Capitol architect Myers's office in Detroit. The March 8, 1882,
Austin Dazly Statesman noted that this "perspective of the new capitol"
was on public display in the office of the Capitol commissioners. A
headline in the same newspaper on November 4, 19o8, reported that
Myers's original drawing was "in bad shape," and went on to account
for its condition: "In a rear room on the fourth floor of the state house
is the original drawing of the capitol building made by the architect,
E. E. Myers of Detroit, Mich. Up to a few years ago this drawing was
kept in the reception room of the governor on the second floor and was
given attention, but now the drawing, which should be highly praised
as an historical relic is in a bad state of preservation and is being slowly
eaten by cockroaches and other insects. A well known citizen yesterday
suggested that it should be framed and placed in the state library where
it can be given proper attention." Apparently this was not the case since
the December 19, 1926 Daily Statesman noted that Miss Minerva Brown,
an employee in the state highway department, found the misplaced
drawing in a state building. The rendering was then placed in the office
of the board of control. It has been conserved several times since
the 192os and is undergoing additional conservation and restoration
The staff of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly would like to thank Dr.
William E. Green, Historian of the Capitol, for his assistance in the research,
writing, and organization of this special issue which celebrates the i ooth anni-
versary of the Texas Capitol.
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