Heritage, Volume 8, Number 1, Winter 1990 Page: 10
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It comes back
full circle to
houses and shops were brought back to a
condition closely resembling the originals.
The final phase in Jeanne's plan was to
share her efforts with the public.
Jeanne's untimely death altered the
dream. But like a patchwork quilt, the
pieces can be taken up by others to work on
and refine and preserve. Perhaps it won't
resemble the original design but it can be
solid and elegant nevertheless. Her dream
can be resurrected. The dream of one
woman can become the dream of many.
John Blocker has given the houses and
log barns to the Texas Historical Foundation.
The Foundation will sell the structures
to individuals who will preserve and
restore them. Several of the houses and
barns have already been sold, dismantled,
and moved to other parts of the state where
they will undergo restoration.
The story doesn't end here. What will
the Foundation do with the funds raised
from the sale of the structures ? The monies
will go into the Jeanne Blocker Memorial
Trust Fund which will eventually support a
preservation project or projects of some
magnitude. And so it comes full circle back
to Jeanne Blocker's dream. A dream shared
gathers strength and momentum. It begins
with a vision and is made substance through
action. Once realized it continues to reach
and expand through the combined efforts
of many. We can help to fulfill that dream.
TOPLEFT: Sugulas Saltbox, 1876. All photographs on this page by Glenn M. Wolfe.
TOP RIGHT: Columbus House interior.
ABOVE: Columbus House.
For information on the purchase of one
of the early Texas homes, barns, shops, or
schoolhouse write or call:
Texas Historical Foundation
College of Architecture
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3137
Patricia Haas is Associate Editor and Art
Director of Heritage.
Special thanks to Buddy Rau and his
gracious mother, Mrs. Rau who invited
the writer and photographer to stay at
Raumonda, their beautifully restored
1887 Victorian home in historic Columbus,
while work was being done on
10 HERITAGE * WINTER 1990
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