Austin History Center

Allen McCree Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: McCree, Allen
Title: Allen McCree Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1969-1985
Bulk Dates: 1974-1984
Abstract: Allen McCree was a Texas native and former Architect of the Capitol with an avid interest in historic preservation and community development. The collection contains materials related to the editing of Austin and its Architecture, which he co-edited; his involvement with the West Austin Neighborhood Group (WANG); and his pro bono design work for the first Ronald McDonald House in Austin (1225 Red River Street)..
Identification: AR.2013.029
Quantity: 2.8 linear feet (5 boxes and 8 architectural drawings)
Location: Archives Stacks, Architectural Archives, Outer Vault
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Allen McCree was born in 1937 in Vernon, Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in journalism and went on to study architecture at Kansas State University and The University of Texas at Austin in the 1960s. McCree had over thirty years of experience with Austin architecture firms, The University of Texas system and State Capitol projects, including being named Architect of the Capitol in 1988. He started his own firm, McCree Architects in 1996.

McCree was involved with several community organizations and projects including the planning group Austin Tomorrow, he served on the Board of the Texas Society of Architects, as president of the Austin chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), as president of the West Austin Neighborhood Group (WANG), designed pro bono a temporary home for the Ronald McDonald House of Austin and provided design assistance for a remodel as well as signs and logos for the Westminster Presbyterian Church. He also served with We Care Austin, Downtown Austin Partners, and the Downtown Austin Alliance Streets Committee. In 1976, McCree co-edited a book sponsored by the Austin chapter of the AIA called Austin and its Architecture that cataloged buildings of Austin.

Allen McCree died in 2007.


Scope and Contents

The Allen McCree Papers include materials related to the book Austin and its Architecture, which he co-edited; his involvement with the West Austin Neighborhood Group; and his pro bono design of a temporary home for the Ronald McDonald House of Austin. The Austin and its Architecture series (circa 1975-1976) contains the research materials, page layouts, and the original photographs of the majority of structures cataloged in the book Austin and its Architecture. The West Austin Neighborhood Group (WANG) series (1969-1985) consists of administrative records; Lakeview Festival planning materials; and reports, correspondence, notes, newspaper clippings related to issues of concern to the organization. Of major interest was encouraging responsible development in the Taylor Slough/Reed Park area, preserving public access to Lake Austin and preserving the view of Lake Austin along the 2100-2200 blocks of Scenic Drive, as well as the preservation of the Lime Kiln in Reed Park. Original order was maintained and there is a significant amount of related material in the Lake Austin, Scenic Cove and Taylor Slough folders. And lastly, the Ronald McDonald House of Austin Architectural Drawings series (1985) includes a set of drawings for the first Ronald McDonald House in Austin (1225 Red River Street) completed pro bono while working at Page Southerland Page.


Arrangement

Arranged into three series:
I. Austin and its Architecture
II. West Austin Neighborhood Group (WANG)
III. Ronald McDonald House of Austin Architectural Drawings

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
McCree, Allen.
Organizations:
American Institute of Architects. Austin Chapter.
Ronald McDonald House of Central Texas.
West Austin Neighborhood Group.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)
Subjects:
Architecture--Texas--Austin.
City planning--Texas.
Historic buildings--Texas--Austin.
Neighborhood government--Texas--Austin.

Related Material

Architectural Archives


  • See Architectural Archives database for drawings related to Texas State Capitol and General Land Office renovations and preservation.

General Collection


  • A 720.976431 AM American Institute of Architects. Austin Chapter. Austin and its Architecture, 1976.
  • A 720.976431 AU Smith, Hank Todd. Austin, its Architects and Architecture, 1836-1986, 1986.
  • A 307.3362097 West Austin Neighborhood Group. Membership List. (For years 1984-1985, 1985-1986, 1988-1989)
  • A 711.58 AU777 Austin (Tex.). Planning and Development Review Department. The Central West Austin Neighborhood Plan: An Amendment to the Austin Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan, 2010.

Austin Files


  • Neighborhood Groups - West Austin Neighborhood Group N1900 (15)
  • Neighborhood Groups - Concerned Citizens for the Development of West Austin N1900 (6)
  • Medicine - Ronald McDonald House M3000 (29)
  • Architecture A5800

Archive and Manuscripts


  • AR.1991.008 West Austin Neighborhood Group Records
  • AR.1998.008 Old West Austin Neighborhood Association
  • AR.2005.023 Concerned Citizens for the Development of West Austin Records

Periodicals


  • Concerned Citizens for the Development of West Austin: Neighborhood Bulletin
  • West Austin Neighborr
  • West Austin Neighborhood Group Newsletter
  • The Annual Neighbor
  • West Austin News

The Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records has a collection of Allen McCree Papers that include the plans for the Capitol project, general architectural materials, and the slides and script for a lecture on the history of the Capitol.


Separated Material

Deaccessioned - Two copies of the following books already exist in the Austin History Center collection: Revision of the Austin Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan: Summary (A 711.409 ME; 1983), Symposium: Lake Austin Development Plan (A 309.262 AU; 1975), Austin Tomorrow: Topic Committees' Recommendations Report (A 711.409764 AUPAR, 1975).

Periodicals - West Austin Neighborhood Group Newsletter (August 1983 and January 1985 issues)


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Allen McCree Papers (AR.2013.029). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1976/109

Donation Date: 2013

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2013.


Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Austin and its Architecture, circa 1975-1976

Box Folder
1 1 Planning, circa 1975
2 Cutlines, circa 1975
3-6 Zone 4, 5, 6, 9 text and research, circa 1975
7-9 Page layouts, circa 1975-1976
10 Contact sheets, circa 1975
Corresponding negatives are in the Outer Vault Archives Collection Black & White Negatives Drawer.
11 Slides, circa 1975
Box Folder
2 1-42 Photographs arranged by page (pages 1-45) , circa 1975
Box Folder
3 1-44 Photographs arranged by page (46-101), circa 1975
45 Missing photographs, undated
Processing staff created photocopies of pages of Austin and its Architecture to indicate which photographs were missing from the donation.



II. West Austin Neighborhood Group (WANG), 1969-1985

Administrative Records, 1973-1985, undated
Box Folder
4 1 By-laws, 1973
2 Executive Committee meeting minutes and agendas, 1983
3-4 Meeting minutes, 1973-1975
5 Membership lists, 1974-1985
6 Organization, undated
7 Lakeview Festival, 1974-1975
Neighborhood Planning and Concerns, 1969-1984, undated
Box Folder
4 8 Alternatives for Bello Vista, 1977
9-10 Lake Austin, 1974-1984, undated
11 Lime kiln, 1975
12 Population, 1973, undated
13-14 Scenic Cove, 1969-1984, undated
15 Sidewalks, 1969-1974
Box Folder
5 1-2 Taylor Slough, 1973-1977, undated
3 Assorted WANG materials, 1973-1982, undated



III. Ronald McDonald House of Austin Architectural Drawings, 1984

Location ProjectNo.
FF-003/MISC PSP-18380 Ronald McDonald House architectural drawings - 1225 Red River Street, 1984