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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Capitol area property appraisals and value analyses, 1956-1957, 1973, 1975,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas State Building Commission:

An Inventory of Capitol Area Property Appraisals and Value Analyses at the Texas State Archives, 1956-1957, 1973, 1975



Overview

Creator: Texas. State Building Commission.
Title: Capitol area property appraisals and value analyses
Dates: 1956-1957, 1973, 1975
Abstract: These records are property appraisals and value analyses that include photographs of buildings and land, bluelines of architectural drawings and plats, and area maps, dating 1956, 1973, and 1975, prepared at the request of the Texas State Building Commission along with a small amount of correspondence and financial records created by the commission in 1956-1957 during the land purchase and building construction process. Appraisals and analyses provide information about Capitol area properties and were created in order for the commission to make decisions on land purchases to provide office and parking space for state government.
Quantity: 0.71 cubic ft., 106 photographs, 3 maps
Language English.

Agency History

The Texas State Building Commission was created in 1954 by adoption of a constitutional amendment (Texas Constitution, Article III, Section 51-b; Senate Joint Resolution 10, 53rd Legislature, Regular Session, 1953) and enacted through Senate Bill 134, 54th Legislature, Regular Session, 1955. The commission, composed of the governor, attorney general, and chair of the Board of Control, appointed an executive director to oversee the agency.

Responsibilities of the Building Commission included planning and constructing new state buildings and remodeling existing ones, arranging for the acquisition of new building sites, and erecting certain monuments and historical memorials in cooperation with the Texas State Historical Survey Committee. The commission did not supervise building projects for the Department of Highways and Transportation, institutions of higher learning, the Board of Corrections, Youth Council, or Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.

The Legislature authorized the Building Commission to acquire historic and prehistoric sites in 1963 (Senate Bill 239, 58th Legislature, Regular Session), and in 1965 provided an appropriation to the commission for an archeologist. In 1969 the office of the State Archeologist was transferred to the Texas State Historical Survey Committee (Senate Bill 322, 61st Legislature, Regular Session).

In 1965 with passage of the State Building Construction Administration Act (House Bill 37, 59th Legislature, Regular Session), the duties of the Engineering Section of the Building Engineering and Management Division of the State Board of Control and the Design and Construction Division of the Board for Texas State Hospitals and Special Schools were transferred to the Building Commission. Responsibilities which were added included the orderly planning of buildings constructed by the state, inspecting construction in progress, and projecting building-program requirements and estimates of costs of proposed projects before legislative appropriations.

The commission became responsible for regulating standards and specifications to make public buildings handicapped accessible effective January 1, 1970 (Senate Bill 111, 61st Legislature, Regular Session). In 1975 the Energy Conservation in Buildings Act (Senate Bill 516, 64th Legislature, Regular Session) required the commission to work with the Governor's Energy Advisory Council to develop building design standards and model local building codes that would reduce energy consumption.

During its life span, the commission was responsible for the construction of several state office buildings including the State Archives and Library Building and the Supreme Court Building. Effective September 1, 1977 the legislature transferred the State Building Commission's duties to the Board of Control, and the commission was abolished by voters in November 1978 (Senate Bill 759, 65th Legislature, Regular Session, 1977; Senate Joint Resolution 48, 65th Legislature, Regular Session, 1977).

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Scope and Contents of the Records

These records are property appraisals and value analyses that include photographs of buildings and land, bluelines of architectural drawings and plats, and area maps, dating 1956, 1973, and 1975, prepared at the request of the Texas State Building Commission along with a small amount of correspondence and financial records created by the commission in 1956-1957 during the land purchase and building construction process. Appraisals and analyses are of land and buildings (including residential, church, office, and commercial property) surrounding the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, and bounded by 11th Street, 19th Street (now Martin Luther King Boulevard), Lavaca Street, and San Jacinto Boulevard. [This area is now known as the Capitol Complex.] Appraisals and analyses provide information about Capitol area properties and were created in order for the commission to make decisions on land purchases to provide office and parking space for state government. Sections within the 1950s narratives include valuation, description of property, condition and description of buildings, location, and recommended use of land. Sections within the 1970s analyses include purpose of the appraisal, owner and legal description, tax information, zoning, methodology, neighborhood analysis, description of site, highest and best use analysis, description of improvements, rental data, land value estimate, cost and income approaches, correlation, assumption and limiting conditions, and conclusions. Addenda contain the photographs, survey, plat plan, diagram of improvements, market data, and maps. The 1956 appraisals of market value were prepared by Harold Legge, M.A.I. The 1973 and 1975 analyses of market value were prepared by C. Frank Kuhne, Jr., S.R.A. and Jim Frederick, S.R.P.A., M.A.I. Many, if not all, of the appraised buildings have since been removed to make way for state office buildings and parking lots or garages.

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Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged chronologically, then by property. Correspondence and financial records created by the commission were filed with the February 1956 preliminary appraisal. Photographs and maps have been separated from the appraisals and analyses and added to the Prints and Photographs Collection and the Map Collection.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Valuation--Texas--Austin.
Real property valuation--Texas--Austin.
Real estate development--Texas--Austin.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)
Texas--Capital and capitol.
Document Types:
Photographs--Real property valuation--Texas--1956, 1973, 1975.
Blueline prints--Real property valuation--Texas--1956, 1973, 1975.
Maps--Real property valuation--Texas--1956, 1973, 1975.
Correspondence--Real property valuation--Texas--1956-1957.
Financial records--Real property valuation--Texas--1956-1957.
Functions:
Appraising real property.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Department of Public Safety, Photographs,1937-1959, undated, 16 cubic ft. [includes images of condemnation of buildings north of the Capitol, 1957]
Texas State Building Commission, Capitol Area Development Property Acquisition Program tract files, 1956-1968, 9.87 cubic ft.
Texas State Building Commission, Minutes, 1966-1977, 0.71 cubic ft.
Texas State Board of Control, Records, 1916-1979, 86.05 cubic ft.
Texas Board for State Hospitals and Specials Schools, Minutes, 1951-1955, 1958-1965, 1 cubic ft.
Publications
Texas. State Building Commission. The capital area master plan and its development, 1963. [Austin : The Commission, 1963].

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Capitol area property appraisals and value analyses, Texas State Building Commission. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 2000/009

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the General Services Commission on September 13, 1999.

Processing Information

Tonia J. Wood, September 2001

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Capitol area property appraisals and value analyses, 1956-1957, 1973, 1975,
0.71 cubic ft., 106 photographs, 3 maps

Appraisals, 1956
box
2000/009-1 Preliminary appraisal of various properties located adjacent to State Capitol Building, Austin, Texas, February 1956
[includes some materials dating 1957]
Appraisal of properties, May 1956:
Overview
Parcel 1 (south side of W. 14th St., between Lavaca and Colorado streets)
Parcel 2 (corner of Colorado St. and W. 14th St.)
Parcel 3 (1308 Colorado St.)
Parcel 4 (Central Methodist Church, Colorado St. between W. 13th and W. 14th streets)
Parcel 5 (107 W. 14th St., 106 W. 13th St.)
Parcel 6 (W. 13th St. and Congress Ave.)
Parcel 7 (corner of W. 14th St. and Congress Ave.)
Parcels 8-9 (east side of Congress Ave. between 13th and 14th streets)
Parcel 10 (105 E. 14th St.)
Parcel 11 (109 E. 14th St.)
Parcel 12 (104 E. 13th St.)
Parcel 13 (113 E. 14th St.)
Parcel 14 (106 E. 13th St.)
Parcel 15 (112 E. 13th St., 1310 Brazos St.)
Parcel 16 (northwest corner of E. 13th Street and San Jacinto Blvd.)
Parcel 17 (San Jacinto Apts., west side of San Jacinto Blvd., north of E. 13th St.)
Parcel 18 (1304 San Jacinto Blvd.)
Parcel 19 (Texas Good Roads Association office, southwest of intersection of E. 14th St. and San Jacinto Blvd.)
Parcel 20 (207 E. 14th St.)
Parcel 21 (205 E. 14th St.)
Parcel 22 (south side of E. 14th St., east of Brazos St.)
Parcel 23 (southwest corner of E. 14th and Brazos streets)
Parcel 24 (1311 Brazos St.)
Parcel 25 (corner of E. 13th St. and San Jacinto Blvd.)
Parcels 26-27 (includes 1206-1208 San Jacinto Blvd.)
Parcel 28 (north side of E. 12th St. between Brazos St. and San Jacinto Blvd.)
Appraisal of church property, 122 W. 14th St., June 1956
Value analyses, 1973, 1975
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2000/009-1 51-unit apartment complex, 1807 Brazos St., April 1973
Louis Manor Apartments, 1807 Brazos St., April 1973
28-unit apartment complex, 317 E. 18th St., July 1973
Villa Carre Apartments, 317 E. 18th St., July 1973
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2000/009-2 Commercial building, 201-211 E. 19th St., August 1973
Retail commercial building, 201-211 E. 19th St., September 1973
Single family residence, 204 E. 17th St., January 1975
Four unit apartment house, 206 E. 17th St., January 1975
Retail commercial building, 1706-1708 San Jacinto Blvd., January 1975
Four-unit apartment, 110 E. 17th St., February 1975
Four unit apartment house, 110 E. 17th St., February 1975

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