The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 98, July 1994 - April, 1995 Page: 22
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Cover: Texas State Building at the World's Columbian Exposition, Gordon
and Laub, 1892, unsigned rendering from the architects' office. Archi-
tectural Drawings Collection, Architecture and Planning Library, the
General Libraries at the University of Texas at Austin.
The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago was one of the
most important cultural events in the United States during the late nine-
teenth century. This image was an integral part of the campaign to fund
an exhibition pavilion representing the state of Texas at the exposition.
The San Antonio architectural firm of Gordon and Laub had won the
statewide competition for the high-profile commission, then redesigned
its entry in a style more derivative of the state's cultural heritage. This
rendering was probably created during the first two months of 1892,
when there was an urgent need for imagery to generate enthusiasm and
bolster support for the cause. The art was circulated throughout Texas,
but the fundraising effort fell far short of its goal of $300,000. Gordon
and Laub eventually designed a less-grandiose plan that was constructed
for $25,ooo. As built, the Texas State Building received critical acclaim
and garnered national publicity for its architect, James Riely Gordon.
The exposition itself was a tremendous success, with a total attendance
of 21,477,212, a figure more than nine times the 1890 population of
the entire state of Texas.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 98, July 1994 - April, 1995, periodical, 1995; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101216/m1/22/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.