Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas State Building Commission, Administrative Division:

An Inventory of the State Building Commission Capitol Area Development Property Acquisition Program Tract Files at the Texas State Archives, 1956-1968



Overview

Creator: Texas. State Building Commission. Administrative Division.
Title: State Building Commission Capitol Area Development Property Acquisition Program tract files
Dates: 1956-1968
Abstract: The Texas State Building Commission was charged with the acquisition, planning, and construction of new state buildings and to remodel and modernize existing state buildings, with focus on the area in Austin around the state capitol. The Capitol Area Development Property Acquisition Program tract files document the acquisition of land by the state for buildings in the capitol area. Types of records include deeds, abstracts, original deed titles, and title insurance policies, dating 1956-1968. Under this program, the state primarily acquired land from private individuals, businesses, and other organizations.
Quantity: 12.25 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in cooperation with Texas Archival Resources Online.

Administrative History

The Texas State Building Commission was created by an amendment to the Texas Constitution, Article III, Section 51-b, approved by the voters in 1954 and enacted by the 54th Texas Legislature in Senate Bill 134. The commission was composed of the governor, attorney general, and chairman of the Texas State Board of Control. Its purpose was to arrange for the acquisition of all state building sites, to plan and construct all new state buildings, and to modernize and remodel old state buildings. The constitutional amendment creating the commission produced a state building fund by transferring all money from the Confederate Pension Fund except that needed to pay Confederate pensions. The building fund was also supported by a state ad valorem tax. From 1955 to 1965, the commission was engaged primarily in the acquisition of land in Austin around the Capitol area and the supervision of state building construction as envisioned in the Capitol Area Master Plan. In 1965, the 59th Legislature enacted the State Building Construction Administration Act, House Bill 37, giving the commission broader responsibility in the acquisition of building sites and planning, design, and construction of state buildings. The commission supervised state planning and inspection for building projects for all state agencies except the Texas State Highway Department, institutions of higher learning, the Texas Board of Corrections, the Texas Youth Council, and the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. In 1970, the commission was assigned the additional duty of ensuring access for the handicapped to public buildings. The 65th Legislature proposed the abolishment of the Building Commission in Senate Bill 759, and in 1978 voters repealed the constitutional amendment that created the commission. The powers and duties of the commission were taken over by the State Board of Control, which was renamed the Texas State Purchasing and General Services Commission in 1979.

(Sources include: Bible, Phil. "State Building Commission," Handbook of Texas Online; and the Texas State Building Commission records on monuments finding aid, both accessed March 10, 2017.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas State Building Commission was charged with the acquisition, planning, and construction of new state buildings and to remodel and modernize existing state buildings, with focus on the area in Austin around the state capitol. The Capitol Area Development Property Acquisition Program tract files document the acquisition of land by the state for building in the capitol area. Types of records include deeds, abstracts, original deed, titles, and title insurance policies, dating 1956-1968. Under this program, the state primarily acquired land from private individuals, businesses, and other organizations.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged by tract number.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Acquiring land.
Subjects:
Buildings--Texas--Austin.
Public buildings--Texas--Austin.
Texas State Capitol (Austin, Tex.)
Places:
Texas--Capital and capitol.
Document Types:
Deeds--Texas.
Insurance policies--Texas.

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 (Education, Driver's License, and Headquarters), 1937-1965, undated, part of 16 cubic ft. [Includes images of condemnation of buildings north of the Capitol, 1957.]
Texas Department of Public Safety photographs (Miscellaneous, Narcotics, Safety, Statistical, Ranger, and Unidentified), 1937-1965, undated, part of 16 cubic ft. [Includes images of condemnation of buildings north of the Capitol, 1956-1957.]
Texas State Board of Control records, 1854, 1885-1890, 1909-1979, undated, bulk 1935-1953, 103.47 cubic ft.
Texas State Building Commission drawings and blueprints, 1881-1888, 1935-1950, 6.52 cubic ft. plus flat drawings
Texas State Building Commission Capitol area property appraisals and value analyses, 1956-1957, 1973, 1975, 0.71 cubic ft., 106 photographs, 3 maps.
Texas State Building Commission records on monuments, 1955-1963, 1 cubic ft.
Texas Supreme Court, Administrative Division annotated copies of blueprints and drawings of buildings in the Capitol Complex, 1956-1991, bulk 1988-1990, 41.21 cubic ft.
Publications
The Austin Master Plan Program. 3, Capitol area expansion, by Austin City Planning Commission, 1955.
The Capitol area master plan and its development, by Texas State Building Commission, 1963.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Texas State Building Commission Capitol Area Development Property Acquisition Program tract files. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1969/067

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas State Building Commission on February 3, 1969.

Processing Information

Collection initially processed by staff archivists in the 1960s


XML markup completed by Irene Lule of the University of Texas at Austin School of Information, January 2017


Detailed Description of the Records

Capitol Area Development Property Acquisition Program tract files, 1956-1968,
12.25 cubic ft.

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2-9/77 Tract 1: Block 158, Lots 6 and 7, Margaret M. Foster, Esq.
Tract 2: Block 158, Lots 4 and 5 (north 1/2), Greenwood Wooten
Tract 3: Block 158, Lots 4 and 5 (south 1/2), Mrs. Cordelia Lenthe
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2-9/78 Tract 4: Block 173, Lots 11 and 12 (west 80 ft.), Central Methodist Church
Tract 5: Block 159, Lots 4, 5, and 6, E.J. Lund
Tract 6: Block 159, Lots 1, 2, and 3, E.J. Lund
Tract 7: Block 159, Lot 1, Hermine O. Reed and Hazel O. Reed
Tract 8 and 9: Block 160, Lots 1, 2, and 3 (w 53.33 ft.), Mary Fitzhugh Thornton and Parrish Leasehold
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2-9/79 Tract 10: Block 160, Lots 1 and 2 (part lots), Ben H. Parrish
Tract 11: Block 160, Lots 1, 2 and 3 (part lots), Parrish and Mobley
Tract 12: Block 160, Lots 2 and 3, A.C. Buchanan
Tract 13: Block 160, Lots 5 and 6 (part lots), Frank M. Holloway
Tract 14: Block 160, Lots 4 and 5 (part lots), Walter P. Webb
Tract 15: Block 160, Lots 4, 5, and 6, Lula Ada Blattner
Tract 16: Block 161, Lots 1, 2, and 3 (south 1/2), T.E. Phipps
Tract 17: Block 161, Lots 1, 2, and 3), Forrest Gathright
Tract 18: Block 161, Lots 8 and 9, Morgan Estate
Tract 19: Block 161, Lots 8 and 9, John B. Pearson, Jr.
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2-9/80 Tract 20: Block 161, Lots 7 and 8, G.E. Peterson
Tract 21: Block 161, Lot 6, George W. Pollock
Tract 22: Block 161, Lots 5 and 6 (part lots), Homer V. Griffiths
Tract 23: Block 161, Lots 4 and 5 (part lots), Ras Redwine
Tract 24: Block 161, Lots 4, 5, and 6 (part lots), Nina Nichols
Tract 25: Block 147, Lots 5 and 6, Floree Haire
Tract 26 and 27: Block 147, Lots 4, 5, and 6, Lena Castleman
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2-9/81 Tract 28: Block 147, Lots 1, 2 and 3, American Guarantee Underwriters, Inc.
Tract 29: Block 174, Lots 5 and 6, Collett Property
Tract 30: Block 173, Lots 11 and 12 (east 1/2), Knights of Columbus
Tract 31: Block 136, Lots 1, 2, and 3, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children
Tract 32: Block 316, Lots 4, 5, and 6, Bradfield - Walling Deed and Abstract
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2-9/82 Tract 33: Block 173, Lot 9, Lanu Burnette - Lota Harris
Tract 34: Block 173, Lot 10, R.C. Lanning
Tract 35: Block 50, Lot 6, Paul Norman
Tract 36: Block 49 (northwest 1/4 part), John Knox Smith
Tract 37: Block 49, Lot 5 (part), C.C. Eppright
Tract 38: Block 45, Lot 5 (part), Flora Eggman Estate
Tract 39: Block 48, Lots 11 and 12, Ida E. Anderson
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2-9/83 Tract 40: Block 46, Lot 10, Rosa and Vernon Dilworth
Tract 41: Block 173, Lots 7 and 8, W.S. Birge
Tract 42: Block 54, Parcel 2, Theo P. Meyers
Tract 43: Block 50, Lots 5 and 6, Ernest L. Smith, Jr.
Tract 44: Block 50, Lot 5, Morgan V. Smith, Jr.
Tract 45: Block 44, Lots 11 and 12, L.E. Dill (Morton Brown)
Tract 46: Block 53, Lot 10, F.T. Engbloom
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2-9/84 Tract 47: Block 49, Lot 7, Mrs. W.C. Sanderford
Tract 49: Block 50, Lots 6 and 7, R.S. Metz
Tract 50: Block 50, Lots 1 and 2 (part lots), Fay Woolsey
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2-9/85 Tract 51: Block 43, Lot 9, W. E. Searight
Tract 52: Block 54, Lot 1, Eugene L. Meyer
Tract 53: Block 40, Lots 5 and 6 (part lots), Rozel Brown
Tract 54: Block 44, Lot 9, J.W. Gibson
Tract 55: Block 46, Lot 9, Adolf Schutze
Tract 56: Block 46, Lots 7 and 8, J.E. Motheral
Tract 57: Block 46, Lots 5 and 6, Gethsemane Lutheran Church
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2-9/86 Tract 58: Block 47, Lot 1, C.F. Hilsberg
Tract 59: Block 173, Lot 4, J.W. Robertson
Tract 59A: Block 47, Lot 2, Joseph T. Robertson
Tract 60: Block 47, Lot 3, J.H. Melin
Tract 61: Block 47, Lot 9, Margaret Reed
Tract 62: Block 48, Lot 2, Mrs. J.L. Martin
Tract 63: Block 48, Lots 9 and 10, J.F. Dickson
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2-9/87 Tract 64: Block 48, Lot 6, Mattie Wade
Tract 65: Block 48, Lot 6 (part), Mrs. G.H. Amery
Tract 66: Block 48, Lot 5, Falla Lapin
Tract 67: Block 49, Lot 2, S.P. Todaro
Tract 68: Block 49, Lots 11 and 12 (part), Laura Snow
Tract 69: Block 49, Lot 12, Frank Caldwell
Tract 71: Block 50, Lot 3, Nellie Lea Brown
Tract 72: Block 50, Lots 7 and 8 (part), K. Halden
Tract 73: Block 50, Lot 10, J.W. Bradfield
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2-9/88 Tract 74: Block 54, Lot 3, L.M. Mueller
Tract 75: Block 54, Lot 9, H.A. Sandberg
Tract 77: Block 39, Lot 4, Great National
Tract 78: Block 39, Lot 5, Charles K. Hage
Tract 79: Block 40, Lots 7 and 8 (parts) and 9, Evangelical Free Church
Tract 80: Block 43, Lot 1, M.M. Cherico
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2-9/89 Tract 81: Block 43, Lot 2, C.D. Harrell
Tract 82: Block 43, Lot 3, Colorado Properties
Tract 83: Block 83, Lot 4, S.S. Maxwell
Tract 84: Block 43, Lot 5, Jim Novy
Tract 85: Block 43, Lot 6, Mrs. E. Williams
Tract 86: Block 43, Lot 11, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Boies
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2-9/90 Tract 88: Block 44, Lot 4, J.L. Henderson
Tract 89: Block 44, Lot 7, Odd Fellows Hall
Tract 90: Block 44, Lot 8, Eddie Joseph
Tract 93: Block 45, Lot 1, G. and L. Buaas
Tract 94: Block 45, Lot 5, Mrs. I.A. Wills
Tract 96: Block 47, Lots 4 and 5, Lynn Smith
Tract 97: Block 47, Lot 6, Anna I. Sandbo
Tract 98: Block 39, Lot 6, J.H. Brown
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2-9/91 Tract 100: Block 40, Lot 8, H.E. Hartley
Tract 102: Block 43, Lot 7, E. Everitt Estate
Tract 104: Block 43, Lot 10, V.L. Brooks
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2-9/92 Tract 105: Block 43, Lot 12, S.S. Ward
Tract 106: Block 43, Lot 13, F.N. Walker, Jr.
Tract 107: Block 44, Lot 5, L.P. Hill
Tract 108: Block 44, Lot 6, L.N. Tittle
Tract 113: Block 45, Lots 6, 7, and 8, Mrs. M.R. Litten
Tract 114: Block 46, Lot 1, Mary Nash Scott
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2-9/93 Tract 115: Block 46, Lot 2, Mrs. F. Anderson
Tract 116: Block 46, Lot 4, Mrs. L.E. Pate
Tract 117: Block 46, Lot 3, Mrs. C. Sherwood
Tract 118: Block 47, Lot 7, Theodor Timmerman
Tract 119: Block 47, Lot 8, Ross Terry
Tract 120: Block 47, Lot 10, Vernon T. Sanford
Tract 121: Block 47, Lot 11, Winifred Whitener
Tract 112: Block 48, Lot 5, T.L. Stroud
Tract 123: Block 48, Lot 6, E.W. Railey
Tract 124: Block 48, Lot 10, Rev. and Mrs. M.L. Bloom
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2-9/94 Tract 125: Block 48, Lot 11, Lester G. Smith
Tract 126: Block 48, Lot 1 and 2, E.H. and T.R. Timmerman
Tract 127: Block 49, Lot 1, C. M. Phillips
Tract 129: Block 49, Lot 6, Mace Thurman
Tract 130: Block 49, Lot 8, F.B. Parsons
Tract 131: Block 49, Lot 10, Thickla Wolf
Tract 133: Block 49, Lot 13, Harry Montandon
Tract 135: Block 50, Lot 6, Gulf Oil Corporation
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2-9/95 Tract 1363A: Block 53, Lot 5, M.A. Nitschke
Tract 137: Block 50, Lot 8, L.W. Barnette
Tract 138: Block 50, Lot 11, L. A. Wisenberg
Tract 139: Block 53, Lot 1, George Strathos
Tract 140: Block 53, Lot 4, R.H. Pepper
Tract 141: Block 40, Lot 11, W.S. Drake
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2-9/96 Tract 142: Block 44, Lot 2, C.F. Card
Tract 143: Block 50, Lot 2, Etta Mae Terrell
Tract 144: Block 46, Lot 12, American Legion
Tract 145: Block 39, Lot 6, C.E. Block
Tract 146: Block 173, Lots 5 and 6, Robert K. Kamrath
Tract 147: Block 173, Parcel 9, Lot 5, Darl Kamrath
Tract 148: Block 173, Parcel 8, Lot 6, Mrs. Elizabeth W. Shade
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2-9/97 Tract 150: Block 173, Parcels 12 and 13, Lots 1 and 2, Texas Public Employees Association
Tract 151: Block 39, Parcel 8, Businessmen's Investment Corp.
Tract 152: Block 174, Lot 4, Texas Warrant Company
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Tract 153: Block 54, Parcel 5, Anna I. Sandbo
Tract 154: Outlot 54, Parcel 4, Mobile Oil Company