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The images throughout the Texas Architecture: A Visual History Web site were selected from two discrete yet complementary collections of slides. These collections contain unique and valuable images documenting architecture of both extant and lost buildings throughout Texas.
3,214 slides were selected for digitization from Alexander’s vast collection. These slides represent Texas architecture from the 18th-21st centuries. Images consist of residential, civic, commercial and religious architecture, including more than 390 images of buildings at The University of Texas at Austin.
Alexander was born in Paris, Texas, on February 4, 1924. He obtained a Bachelor of Architecture degree (1950) and a Bachelor of Science in Art degree (1951) from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Arts degree (1953) from Columbia University in New York. Alexander taught as an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin from 1955-1960, an Associate Professor from 1960-1967, and in 1967 was promoted to Professor of Architecture. Alexander’s collection is located in the Alexander Architectural Archive.
The Marian Davis Collection
Donated by the estate of Marian B. Davis, this collection consists of nearly 4,000 slides, 750 of which document 19th- and 20th-century architecture in Austin. Images of residential, civic and religious architecture are represented, including a special emphasis on turn-of-the-century commercial architecture on Congress Avenue and 6th Street (which has been included as part of this Web site).