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On the stone of the Red River County Courthouse in Clarksville, a likeness of the Goddess of Justice
was cut as an everpresent symbol.
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At Mary Hardin Baylor University the purpose of the school was announced by the dedication to
"female education and piety" noted on a commemorative stone.
stone. In Columbus, the original owner
of the Stafford Opera House evidently
wanted posterity to know that he was a
in symbolic features expressing a build-
ing's purpose. On the stone of the Red
River County Courthouse in Clarksville,
rancher; on the cornerstone is a low-relief a likeness of the Goddess of Justice was
carving depicting a cow being roped.
Late nineteenth century romantic
sympathies occasionally were manifested
cut as an everpresent reminder of the
temple's purpose. In the cornerstone of
the Leon County Courthouse in Center-
Late nineteenth century ro-
mantic sympathies occasionally
were manifested in symbolic
features expressing a building's
ville appears a scale expressing a similar
concept. In Brownwood, a book form cut
into the memorial stone in the tower
walls of the Main Building of Howard
Payne College reveals the religious focus
of the school, a Southern Baptist institu-
tion. At Mary Hardin Baylor University
in Belton, Texas, the purpose of the
school was announced by the dedication
to "female education and piety" noted on
a commemorative stone.
Yet other inscriptions reveal aspects of
particular interest. In Austin, for ex-
ample, the Fourth of July 1885 was cele-
brated by laying a granite cornerstone in
the walls of the Driskill Hotel. It was pre-
sented to Colonel J. W. Driskill by the
citizens of Austin "as a token of esteem
and appreciation of his enterprise" in
building the hotel. The builders of the
McClennan County Courthouse in Waco
evidently wanted posterity to remember
that the edifice was ERECTED BY THE
Likewise, cornerstones with dates and
inscriptions were laid in churches and ca-
thedrals. Reflecting the immigrant origins
of parish members, the inscription on the
memorial stone of St. Joseph's Catholic
Church in San Antonio, expresses a reli-
gious focus with phrases lettered in Ger-
Today, of course, cornerstones are no
longer used. Steel and glass have replaced
masonry construction, and the objec-
tivism of the current times has curtailed
romantic attitudes. Now information
about important structures is simply re-
corded on metal plaques mounted in
foyers. However, interest in revealing
something of our contemporary culture to
future generations has reappeared with
the placement of time capsules in or near
building walls. It would be intriguing to
know what future writers will say about
Williard B. Robinson is an architect and archi-
tectural historian living in Lubbock, Texas.
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