Heritage, Volume 11, Number 2, Spring 1993 Page: 20
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The Texas Historical Foundation recognized
eight persons/organizations who have
made significant contributions to Texas
history and preservation in 1992 at an awards
banquet in Austin on January 23.
Those honored were: The King Ranch
Inc., recipient of the Josiah Wheat Award
of Merit; the Galveston Historical Foundation,
winners of the Mary Moody Northen
Award; Karen and Mike Collins of Austin,
recipients of the John Ben Shepperd Jr.
Craftsmanship Award; and Don Teeter of
Baytown, winner of the Deolece Parmelee
Award. Receiving citations of merit for
their preservation work were: Phil and
Barbara Henderson and John McRae, all of
Ponder; The Abilene Preservation League;
the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine; the
Texas Forestry Museum of Lufkin; and the
City of Georgetown.
King Ranch Inc.
Just after the turn of this century, Mrs.
Richard King found, in the heart of the King
Ranch, the town of Kingsville, and immediately
persuaded Alice merchant John B.
Ragland to open a general store in her new
town. The grand store building, designed by
Jules Leffland of Victoria, housed one of the
preeminent department stores south of San
Antonio until it closed in 1979.
When King Ranch Inc. was considering
larger quarters for the King Ranch Saddle
Shop in 1988, they naturally looked to the
historic John B. Ragland Mercantile Company
Building in downtown Kingsville,
which because of economic uncertainty
had been boarded up for 10 years.
Equipped with Leffland's original linen
drawings, the board made a decision to
launch an ambitious $1.2 million restoration
of the building. Using the original
drawings as a guide, the corporation worked
with the Texas Historical Commission and
restoration architects from Chicago and
Corpus Christi, taking great care to preserve
much of the original fabric of the
building as well as reconstructing the corner
cupola and cordova-cream limestone
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Names 1992 Preservation Award Winners
detailing, which had been removed in a
Recently nominated to the National
Register of Historic Places, the restoredKing
Ranch Saddle Shop has been an immediate
success, stimulating new retail
businesses to open in Kingsville.
Galveston Historical Foundation
In Galveston, a little more than two
years ago, four nearly identical turn-of-thecentury
houses known as Rainbow Row
were slated for demolition. Although listed
on the National Register of Historic Places,
the properties had suffered years of neglect
and vandalism. They had become the
property of the Resolution Trust Corporation
as the result of a local savings and loan
failure. RTC decided the houses were irredeemable
assets and applied to the City of
Galveston for permission to demolish them.
The Galveston Historical Foundation intervened,
requested a 60-day stay of demolition,
and studied options for saving the
Subsequently, the Foundation convinced
the RTC to deed the properties to
the Foundation and by working with a
variety of public and private resources, including
the Galveston County Sheriffs
Adult Probation Department, the City of
Galveston, Browning Ferris Industries, and
Mark Collins and Bruce Cheeseman, representing
King Ranch Inc., receive congratulations from THF
President John Meadows (right).
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Randy Pace and Jan Vanderpool receive the
Galveston Historical Foundation's Award.
Meadows honors preservationists Mike and Karen
Collins of Austin.
Don Teeter of Baytown , coordinator of the Jewish
Cemetery Project, is congratulated by President
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