Austin History Center

Anna Hiss House Historic Structures Documentation Records

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Vaughan, Brenda
Title: Anna Hiss House Historic Structures Documentation Records
Inclusive Dates: 1984-1995
Bulk Dates: 1993
Abstract: The Anna Hiss House, which was built circa 1927-1935, is representative of Texas vernacular houses that were built of Austin limestone and a combination of cobblestone (river rock) and fieldstone (rubble). Its architectural and historic integrity make it a significant structure, and, in 1995, it was nominated to be placed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Identification: AR.2013.034
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives Stacks, Outer Vault
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The Anna Hiss House (also known as “The Rock House”), located at 11277 Taylor Draper Lane, Austin, TX 78759, was owned by Anna Hiss, a physical-education instructor at the University of Texas at Austin from 1918 to 1957. Hiss was a leader in the area of women’s athletics in Texas.

The house, which was built circa 1927-1935, is representative of Texas vernacular houses that were built of Austin limestone and a combination of cobblestone (river rock) and fieldstone (rubble). Its architectural and historic integrity, as well as its previous ownership (besides Anna Hiss, actress Stockard Channing owned and lived in the house in the 1970s), make it a significant structure. In 1995, Brenda Vaughan, a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin who was studying the house for a historic-preservation class, nominated it to be placed in the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the house is the site of Renaissance Austin, a retirement community.


Scope and Contents

The collection, which contains materials about the Anna Hiss House, was created by Brenda Vaughan as a Historic Structures Documentation project for a historic-preservation class taught in 1995 by Prof. Wayne Bell at The University of Texas School of Architecture. Included are photographs, a completed National Register of Historic Places registration form, a Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) form, and a lengthy "structural narrative" that documents the history of the House and provides an architectural description. Also included are an oral-history recording and a transcription of the interview conducted by Vaughan with Pamela L. Fowler, owner representative of the Renaissance Retirement Community, which currently occupies the Hiss House. During the interview, Fowler gave Vaughan a tour of the House while she discussed its history and features.


Arrangement

Arranged by file type.

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:
Channing, Stockard.
Hiss, Anna.
Vaughan, Brenda.
Organizations:
Renaissance Austin.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)
Subjects:
Historic buildings--Texas--Austin.
Historic sites--Texas--Austin.

Related Material

Austin Files


  • AF Biography File: Anna Hiss


Administrative Information

Custodial History

The donor received the collection from Prof. Wayne Bell.

Preferred Citation

Anna Hiss House Historic Documentation Records (AR.2013.034). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2006/018, DO/2010/038

Donation Date: 2013

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Roger Simon in 2013.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1 Historic American Building Survey (HABS) form, 1995
2 Maps, 1984-1987
3 National Register of Historic Places registration form, 1995
4 Oral history, 1995
5 Photographs, circa 1995
Negatives located in the Archives Collection B&W Negatives drawer.
6 Structural narrative, 1994-1995
Negatives located in the Archives Collection B&W Negatives drawer.