Heritage, Volume 10, Number 2, Spring 1992 Page: 15
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This is an excellent example of stonework and brick work on the Plaza Rooms near the Capitol Square area of Austin, which were built in the 1870s. The brick is
a veneer facade placed to make the structure appear more appealing.
SPAVIN CURE FOR HUMAN FLESH."
(Advertisements of the period suggested it
could be used for either humans or horses!)
Liquors, beverages, oils, perfumes, food
stuffs, sauces, and household items are well
represented among the bottles discarded.
A ceramic bowl with human faces applied
to its exterior is one of the unusual decorative
items discarded. When analyses are
completed, this feature will illustrate a broad
range of household goods and activities
associated with Capitol Square residents
from 1850s to 1880s, a period when the
present granite Capitol building replaced
the old stone Capitol.
The urban excavations conducted for
the Capitol Square have exposed some
evidence of the historical development of
the Texas seat of government. The oldest
dwelling site uncovered contains material
Several hundred whole and thousands of fragments
of broken bottles were retrieved from several dozen
features scattered across the excavation area.
remains from when the capital of Texas
was but a fledgling frontier town. Architectural
remains and artifact-rich features
from the third quarter of the 19th century
reveal some aspects of urban living and
sophistication that may surprise those of
us familiar with written histories of the
The technical analyses and formal writeup
of the excavations of parts of four blocks
continue and will result in a report and
collection of material remains that should
provide fertile grounds for future Austin
urban history researchers for generations to
Randall W. Moir is employed as a research
associate at Southern Methodist University
HERITAGE * SPRING 1992 15
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