Heritage, Volume 13, Number 3, Summer 1995 Page: 10
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- race in Motion:
A Success Story of Adaptive Use in Georgetown
By Dan K. Utley and Doris Curl
This historic photograph of the Grace Episcopal Church chapel shows the structure on its original site in Georgetown around the turn of the century. ( Photograph
from the Archives Division of the Texas State Library, Austin.)
t he concept of motion is both
simple and complex. It seems natural in the
fluid lines of a powerful racehorse, in the
silent, airy movement of an artist's mobile,
or in the interpretive expressions of a
dancer. It seems abnormal, however, when
applied to elements of our built environment
- and rightfully so. Motion has its
place. With apologies to Sir Isaac Newton
for redirecting his first law of motion, it
could be said that bodies designed for motion
should continue in motion, but bodies
designed for rest should remain at rest.
While rest - permanence and stability
- is fundamental to historic preservation,
some movement does occasionally occur.
In those cases where it is inevitable and
cannot be avoided through any other means,
a sound preservation plan becomes the
overpowering force that mitigates the inertia.
Although relocation is not generally
advocated or preferred, it is sometimes the
only acceptable option available. This "fish
or cut bait" dilemma is familiar ground for
One community's response to motion
in preservation is now being played out in
historic Georgetown, the county seat of
Williamson County. There, a building with
a history of motion has found a new home,
a new use, and a new history through a
creative preservation partnership of public
and private resources. Known locally as
Old Grace, the small Gothic Revival structure
has become a focal point for local
preservation efforts during the past few
In a city that reveres both its architectural
and religious heritage, Old Grace is
10 HERITAGE * SUMMER 1995
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