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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch of Preston Murdoch Geren Sr.

Scope and Content of the collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

References to works by or about Preston M. Geren (1891-1969)

Description of Series

Series A: Drawings

University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

Preston M. Geren:

An Inventory of his Drawings, 1937-1969



Collection Summary

Creator Geren, Preston M., 1891-1969
Title Preston M. Geren (1891-1969) Drawings, Selected buildings in Fort Worth, Texas including the Kimbell Museum
Dates: 1937-1969
Abstract Geren was born in Sherman, Texas (1891), received a degree in architectural engineering from A&M College of Texas (1912), taught at Oklahoma A&M (1921-1923), was employed as chief engineer at the Fort Worth firm of Sanguinet, Staats and Hedrick (1923-1934), established his own architecture firm in Fort Worth (1934), worked actively in Fort Worth and throughout Texas on a variety of building types (schools, universities and colleges, office buildings, public housing projects, defense facilities)until his death in 1969. This record group consists of 462 architectural drawings produced between 1937 and 1969.
Identification: Accession number (s): 1982002
Quantity: 462 drawings
Language English.
Repository: Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Biographical Sketch of Preston Murdoch Geren Sr.

Preston Murdoch Geren Sr. was born in Sherman, Texas on November 2, 1891. He received a degree in architectural engineering from A&M College of Texas in 1912. Geren served as supervising architect for buildings on the A&M campus for two years and then spent two years in the private architectural firm of Giesecke and Geren.

After distinguished service in France during World War I, he joined the contracting firm of J.G. Johnson in Austin as chief engineer. In 1921 he joined the Department of Architecture and Engineering at Oklahoma A&M (Oklahoma State University), where he served as professor and department head for two years.

From 1923 to 1934, Geren was chief engineer for the Fort Worth architectural firm of Sanguinet, Staats, and Hedrick (later Wyatt C. Hedrick Inc.), working on such Fort Worth landmarks as the Fort Worth Club, the Texas & Pacific Passenger Terminal, and the Fair and Electric buildings.

Geren organized his own architectural firm in 1934 and was joined in partnership by his son, Preston M. Geren Jr. in 1949. During the ensuing thirty-five years, the firm was responsible for the design of many outstanding structures in Fort Worth and throughout Texas. In addition to the Moderne projects -- Elmwood Sanitarium (1937) and Farrington Field (1939) -- Geren's other notable Fort Worth buildings include the additions to the Lily B. Clayton Elementary School (addition, 1936); Arlington Heights Senior High School (1936); the Bank of Commerce; Continental National, First National, Fort Worth National, and Riverside State banks; and the Travis Avenue Baptist and First Presbyterian churches. In 1938-39, Geren was associated with five other architects in Fort Worth's two public housing projects. He also designed the New London High School, Greater Southwest International Airport (with Joseph R. Pelich), numerous buildings at the University of Texas at Arlington and Austin, Southwestern Baptist Seminary, North Texas State University, Texas Wesleyan College, University of Dallas, Texas Woman's University and Texas Christian University. He was associate architect to Louis I. Kahn, FAIA, of Philadelphia, for the Kimbell Art Museum (1968-72).

During World War II, Geren maintained his architectural practice and in joint venture with W.G. Clarkson, J.R. Pelich and Joe Rady, he participated in the design of McCloskey Army Hospital in Temple, Harmon Army Hospital in Longview, and numerous airfields and other defense facilities in the state. Geren was charter member of both the Texas Society of Architects and the Fort Worth Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He was selected Engineer of the Year by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers in 1956 and was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1959. On two occasions the City of Fort Worth presented him with its Distinguished Award for his active participation in civic affairs. Geren remained active in his firm until his death on September 21, 1969.

-Judith Singer Cohen

-From "Texas 50." Texas Architect (Nov./Dec. 1989): p. 55.

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Scope and Content of the collection

This group of material from Preston M. Geren's architectural practice consists of 462 architectural drawings representing five projects. Most of the drawings are engineering records produced between 1937 and 1969, with the majority done in 1968 and 1969.

The Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth, Texas (1969) is the most significant project in the collection. 177 engineering drawings represent the Louis I Kahn designed building, with Geren as Associate Architect.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Access is by appointment only to any serious scholar. Rolled materials must be flattened before viewing. A three-day advance notice is required to flatten rolled materials. Portions of this collection are not processed and may not be accessible.

Restrictions on Use

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Texas as the owner of the collection and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder which must be obtained by the researcher. For more information please see the Alexander Architectural Archive's Use Policy

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Texas Online Catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons:
Geren, Preston M., 1891-1969--Archives.
Kahn, Louis I., 1901-1974
Stone, Edward Durell, 1902-1978.
Komendant, August E.
Organizations:
Kimbell Art Museum
Municipal Office Building (Fort Worth, Tex.)
Fort Worth--Buildings.
Subjects:
Museum architecture--Texas--Fort Worth.
School buildings--Texas--New London.
Universities and colleges--Buildings
Universities and colleges--Texas--Fort Worth.
Architecture--Texas.
Georgian Revival buildings.
Mediterranean Revival buildings.
Modernist buildings.
Document types:
Architectural drawings.
Working drawings.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preston M. Geren (1891-1969) Drawings, 1937-1969, Selected buildings in Fort Worth, Texas, including the Kimbell Museum, Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin

Processing Information

Drawings processed by: Lila Knight

Date: Spring 1982

Processing is not completed. Please see Archive's staff for more information.

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Other Finding Aids

Unpublished inventory in Archive.

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References to works by or about Preston M. Geren (1891-1969)

"American Airlines Stewardess College, Fort Worth." Texas Architect (November 1970).

"Bank Building, Fort Worth." Texas Architect (October 1972).

"Central Bank and Trust, Fort Worth." Texas Architect (May/June 1974).

Cohen, Judith. Cowtown Moderne. Fort Worth: TCU Press, 1988, p 21.

Engelhardt, N., "What can school designers expect?" New Pencil Points 23 (November 1942): p. 46-60.

"First National Bank, Fort Worth." Texas Architect (January 1962).

"First National Bank, Corsicana." Texas Architect (July/August 1985).

"Fort Worth International Airport." Texas Architect (1954).

Geren, Preston M. "Safety is Prime Factor of New London School." Texas Architect and Engineer (April 1938): p. 8-22.

"Haltom's - the House of Diamonds, Fort Worth." Texas Architect (October 1972).

"Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth." Texas Architect (July/August 1976).

"Miller Brewery, Fort Worth." Texas Architect (October 1972).

"Mutual Savings and Loan Association, Fort Worth." Texas Architect (October 1972).

"New General Offices, Acme Brick Co., Fort Worth, Texas." Architect and Engineer 191 (November 1952): p. 16-8.

"Northwest Campus, Tarrant County Junior College, Fort Worth." Texas Architect (September/October 1975).

"Obituary for Preston Geren." Texas Architect (November 1969).

"A Selection of the Work Designed in the Office of Preston Geren, Fort Worth, Texas." Architecture and Design 13 (October 1949).

Speck, Lawrence. Landmarks of Texas. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1986.

"Texas Construction Council." Texas Architect (May 1955): p. 11.

"Texas Society of Architects Committee Chairman." Texas Architect (November 1956): p. 27.

"Texas Society of Architects Committee Chairman." Texas Architect (November 1958): p. 6.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

 

Series A: Drawings

Series Abstract
Entries are indexed in alphabetical order by Client's last name. If the client is not identifiable the field will remain blank. Entries without client names are sorted by Project Name and listed before those that provide client's names. Project names are supplied by the cataloger, as title blocks on the drawings prove to be inconsistent and many drawings are not labeled. Dates are offered if they can be derived from the drawings or gathered from other authoritative sources. The term "drawing" includes both original works (such as pencil on trace paper, or ink on tracing cloth) as well as copies (such as sepia prints, blue line prints, etc.).
Project name: Fort Worth Municipal Office Building.
Date on drawings: 1968
Primary archt/firm: Geren, Preston M.
Client: Fort Worth, City of
City: Fort Worth
County: Tarrant
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project number: 1164
Project name: Museum for Kimbell Art Foundation.
Date on drawings: 1969
Primary archt/firm: Louis I. Kahn
Collaborators: Preston Geren, associate architect
Collaborators: August E. Komendant, (Consulting Structural Engineer)
Collaborators: Cowan, Love & Jackson, Inc. (Consulting Mechanical and Electrical Engineers)
Client: Kimbell Art Foundation
City: Fort Worth
County: Tarrant
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project number: 138a
Project name: Elementary school building. Addition.
Date on drawings: 1937
Primary archt/firm: Geren, Preston M.
Client: New London Independent School District
City: New London
County: Rusk
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project number: 138
Project name: Junior-senior high school building.
Date on drawings: 1937
Primary archt/firm: Geren, Preston M. Architect and Engineer
Client: New London Independent School District
City: New London
County: Rusk
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Texas Christian University. Administration building.
Date on drawings: 1959-1960
Primary archt/firm: Geren, Preston M.
Client: Texas Christian University
City: Fort Worth
County: Tarrant
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Texas Christian University. Administration building. Alterations.
Date on drawings: 1963
Primary archt/firm: Geren, Preston M.
Client: Texas Christian University
City: Fort Worth
County: Tarrant
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Texas Christian University. Administration building. Remodeling.
Date on drawings: 1966
Primary archt/firm: Geren, Preston M.
Client: Texas Christian University
City: Fort Worth
County: Tarrant
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Texas State College for Women. New dining hall.
Date on drawings: 1945
Primary archt/firm: Geren, Preston M.
Client: Texas State College for Women
City: Denton
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.

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