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THF Grant-Funded Projects Progress As More Aid is Given
The Texas Historical Foundation continued to support the
work of preservationists across the state with grants made dur-
ing the July quarterly meeting in Marfa.
The French Legation Museum in Austin received funds to as-
sist in a major structural restoration project. The 170-year-old
building was constructed by Pierre Alphonse Dubois in 1841
as the French Legation of the Republic of Texas. The property
then became a private residence for more than 100 years until
the building was purchased by the State of Texas in 1949 and
later opened as a museum in 1956. The home, the oldest exist-
ing building in Austin, is listed as a Texas Historic Landmark
and a State Archeological Landmark. THF funds will be used
for the purchase and installation of copper gutters.
Elizabeth Susser, chair of the THF Grants Committee and a
board member from Corpus Christi, praised the FLM project.
"The THF board was pleased that our organization could play
a role in insuring that of one of the Capitol City's historic trea-
sures continues telling the story of life during the Republic of
The Caprock Cultural Association was awarded THF fund-
ing for a traveling photography exhibit highlighting 10 build-
ings in Texas designed by nationally-renowned, early 20th-
century architect Louis Curtiss. Two of the featured buildings
orginally served as depots for the Santa Fe Railroad and are
located in the Panhandle towns of Post and Snyder. While the
depot in Post has been restored and houses the local Chamber
of Commerce and visitor center, the structure in Snyder was
placed on the 2011 Preservation Texas' Most Endangered List.
The Louis Curtiss photography exhibit is scheduled to hang in
public venues in nine Texas cities and will be made available to
other interested communities as well.
THF President Tom Doell, a Dallas businessman, praised
the Caprock Cultural Association, "Foundation directors were
impressed by the project's focus on promoting rural Texas
The Texas Historical Foundation is one of the
only groups in the state that works to save the
culture, buildings, and stories of our past with
money that is privately raised.
Photographs at left are of the THF-
supported restoration of the Ball Ser-
vice Station in Wellington, located in the
Texas Panhandle. Images by Bob Owens
and courtesy of Historic Wellington.
heritage and its potential to stimulate
preservation efforts in small commu-
nities that are most vulnerable to the
loss of their historical inventory."
Meanwhile, several previously
funded THF-supported projects are moving forward. Earlier
in the year, the Foundation awarded a grant to Historic Wel-
lington Inc., Wellington. THF funding assisted with restora-
tion of the Ball Service Station, thought to be one of the few
remaining intact early-day gas stations in the Panhandle. Wes
Reeves, one of the coordinators of the project, reports that con-
struction work on the site is progressing.
"The walls of the Ball Station are being rebuilt, and that work
is almost finished. Workers incorporated salvaged brick, along
with some new product, to create a weathered, natural look for
the walls," said Reeves.
Milestones and Arrivals: 175 Years of
Coming to Houston
The First annual Houston
History Conference marks the
175th anniversary of the founding
of Houston and the birth of the
Republic of Texas in 1836.
Keynote Speaker: Former
Houston Mayor Bill White
Sponsored by: Houston History
Association. Co-sponsors (as of
March I, 20II) Texas State
Historical Association University
of Houston Center for Public
History, Houston History
Magazine, and Architecture
Center Houston Foundation.
OCTOBER 29, 2011, 8:30 AM-3 PM
Hilton University of Houston * 4800 Calhoun Rd. . Houston, Texas 77204
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