The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 77, July 1973 - April, 1974 Page: 480
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dignified, even monstrous. This disregard for the late nineteenth century
was well demonstrated by the selection of subjects for record in the Historic
American Buildings Survey during the depression years of the I930s: of
nearly three hundred buildings in Texas, fewer than 5 percent dated after
mid-century, and few of those were in styles other than Classical or indige-
nous. Today, however, while appreciation of antebellum work continues,
admiration and interest in the postbellum years has been renewed. In the
1930s few evidently objected to the razing of the original Main at the Uni-
versity of Texas in Austin, but today, if it were still standing and threatened
with destruction, efforts would certainly be made to save it.
It is indeed sad that so many early mains have been lost, leaving only a
few photographs and drawings as graphic vestiges of their existence. Hope-
fully those colleges and universities which still retain their original buildings
-now affectionately called "old mains"-will continue to preserve them, as
has Southwest Texas State University, which recently rededicated its
Main.15 While adding charm to their campuses, the early temples of knowl-
edge serve as ever-present reminders of the values which past eras held so
510n November 4, 1972, the "Old Main" of Southwest Texas State University was
rededicated, following renovation of the interior and restoration of the chapel ceiling.
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