University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

H. Dan Heyn:

An Inventory of his Drawings, Office Records, and Photographic Material, 1953-2001



Collection Summary

Creator: Heyn, H. Dan, 1924-2003
Title: H. Dan Heyn collection
Dates: 1953-2001
Abstract: Papers, drawings, slides and photographs reveal the over half-century career of H. Dan Heyn, landscape architect, whose promotion of native Texas plants and settings helped spur the movement toward indigenous horticulture in the state. The bulk of the collection consists of drawings, job files, and photographic material which encompass residential, commercial, and institutional projects, mainly in Texas. Major projects represented in the collection include the higher educational institutions Austin College, Sherman, Tex.; and in Dallas, Baylor College of Dentistry and Medical Center, Mountain View College, and Northlake College. Also represented in the collection are Sakowitz Village on the Parkway, a commercial development in Addison, Tex.; Redman Plaza Office Complex; and work at the Texas Instruments Incorporated Industrial Campus. Other documents include a small amount of Heyn's office records, and reference files he kept of predominantly plant and product literature. The collection description which appears below is taken from an inventory prepared by Heyn's son, Henry D. Heyn Jr., the donor of this collection.
Identification: 2004002
Quantity: 104 linear inches of papers, 199 tubes of rolled material (primarily drawings), approximately 1,100 slides and 130 photographic prints
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Alexander Architectural Archive, The University of Texas at Austin.

Biographical Sketch of H. Dan Heyn

H. Dan Heyn (1924-2003) practiced award-winning landscape architecture in Texas for fifty years. He immersed himself in work that afforded him opportunity to express his passions for art, creativity, and love of nature and plants. Dan Heyn was an innovator, Texas’ first native plant designer, and he completed projects throughout the state. Heyn played a pivotal role in the genesis of the Texas native plant movement. He befriended, educated, and occasionally begged nurserymen to obtain the plants he wanted for his projects. Heyn took tree contractors into the woods to educate them on native plants. “It was a long, hard fight to get some of these things,” Heyn mused (Heyn, 2000).

Heyn’s parents brought Dan to Dallas at the age of two. He attended Texas A&M University, graduating in 1949 with a degree in Landscape Art. His attendance at A&M was interrupted by service in the US Navy in WWII, the Pacific arena, where he served as a combat aircrewman from 1943-1946. While studying at A&M, Heyn dated Dottie Wahlquist whom he married in 1947. Subsequently, Dan and Dottie had two children, Henry D. "Hank" Heyn, Jr. of Dallas and Hollis Carolyn Heyn of St. Louis.

A former professor, Robert White, helped Dan to secure his first job with the City Planning Department in Houston. He worked there one and a half years before switching to a position in a Dallas land-planning firm, Otto Phillips Site Planning, which later became Phillips, Procter, and Bowers. The projects during Heyn’s five and a half years there included subdivisions, shopping centers, and military housing on various Texas bases. Though tired of subdivision design, Heyn valued the “good training in use of space.” “Finally I got this job with Arch Swank, O’Neil Ford, Sam Zisman, and Richard Colley (Associated Architects and Planners). And that was just like you were one of their family. I was the only landscape architect. It was all architects. Which was good. I made a lot of contacts. That’s where the good work is - with the architects” (Heyn, 2000).

Heyn worked at Associated Architects and Planners from 1956 until 1959. Subsequently, he became a resident landscape architect at Texas Instruments Dallas corporate offices, from 1959-1962. After three years associated with the architecture firm Beran & Shelmire, he opened his own practice in 1965. A few years later Heyn moved the practice to his Richardson home studio. Beginning in 1959 and continuing until 1999, he worked in association with Architect Frank Thrower. In the beginning, they both had worked at Associated Architects and Planners. Later, they worked jointly on the side. In 1967 Heyn asked Thrower to join him in a partnership, which lasted until 1982. Together they designed many large and significant projects, including Redman Plaza Office Complex, Mountain View Community College, North Lake Community College, and Austin College. Heyn worked with Architect Frank Welch on many projects, including the shelter for Willow Creek Ranch in Sterling County, also known as The Birthday.

As a landscape architect I collaborated on some of his projects beginning in 1983, including the Farmers Branch Public Library and the Central Expressway Highway Corridor Study of Landscape and Amenities. Even though I returned to my home state in 1985, we continued to collaborate on projects, including the Fort Wayne, Indiana YWCA Villa, the Irving Texas Valley Ranch Apartment Complex, and the Kalamazoo Rose Park Veterans Memorial.

Heyn’s technique was to use the plant and rock materials of the project areas in innovative and beautiful ways. Specific site plans in Heyn’s design work take into consideration not only the building materials of the area, but the extremes of Texas climate including the intense summer heat and low amount of rainfall. Such consideration is evidenced through use of shade, walls, and minimalist water techniques. In turn this generated more demand upon the nurseries and growers to provide these Texas plant species. Subsequent designers, developers, and the general public came to see the beauty and practicality of natives in designed landscapes. Lesser-known plants became commonly known and available. The decades of the 1950s and 1960s were Heyn’s most pioneering years of indigenous planting design. Heyn’s work demonstrates his contributing role in changing landscape styles or fashions.

Heyn intensely studied Texas regional plant biomes and made astute decisions about translocation of species into different contexts. His work drew accolades from some within the nursery trade, such as Ralph Pinkus. “Always admired Dan Heyn because he was always willing to try not only plants, but design, making it more interesting…. One of the first of the better (landscape) architects that did a lot of work with native plants” (Pinkus, 2000). He deliberately fostered a Texas sense of place.

Yet natives were not used exclusively in Heyn’s design, both because of the tremendous difficulty of availability and because of conflict with design intent. His work is important because it offered a measured view, or a model, of one effective way to use native species.

Some of the hundreds of landscape projects Heyn designed include Mountain View Junior College, Windsor Mall at Austin College, Texas Instruments Incorporated Industrial Campus, a garden for Cullum & Boren Sporting Goods Store, Redman Plaza, the John C. Dorn Residence, the Clifford Morton Residence, the John & Carol Sewell Residence, the Karnack United States Post Office (for client Lady Bird Johnson), the shelter for Willow Creek Ranch, and the Midland Museum of the Southwest.

--Elizabeth A. Heiny-Cogswell

(Source: Heiny-Cogswell, Elizabeth A. Roots and Shoots of the H. Dan Heyn Vision: Indigenous Planting Design, 1950-1980. Thesis. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 2002.)

In 2004, Heyn was honored posthumously with the Texas A&M University College of Architecture Outstanding Alumni Award.


Scope and Content of the collection

Papers, drawings, slides and photographs reveal the over half-century career of H. Dan Heyn, landscape architect, whose promotion of native Texas plants and settings helped spur the movement toward indigenous horticulture in the state. The bulk of the collection consists of drawings, job files, and photographic material which encompass residential, commercial, and institutional projects, mainly in Texas. Major projects represented in the collection include the higher educational institutions Austin College, Sherman, Tex.; and in Dallas, Baylor College of Dentistry and Medical Center, Mountain View College, and Northlake College. Also represented in the collection are Sakowitz Village on the Parkway, a commercial development in Addison, Tex.; Redman Plaza Office Complex; and work at the Texas Instruments Incorporated Industrial Campus. Other documents include a small amount of Heyn's office records, and reference files he kept of predominantly plant and product literature. The collection description which appears below is taken from an inventory prepared by Heyn's son, Henry D. Heyn Jr., the donor of this collection.


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

Material may be quoted or reproduced for educational purposes without prior permission, provided appropriate credit is given. Any commercial use of this material is prohibited without prior permission from Henry D. Heyn, Jr. For more information please see the Alexander Architectural Archive's Use Policy.


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:
Heyn, H. Dan, 1924-2003
Subjects:
Landscape architecture--Texas
Archives--Heyn, H. Dan
Places:
Dallas (Tex.)
Texas
Document types:
Architectural drawings
Architectural records
Photographs
Slides (photographs)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

H. Dan Heyn collection, the Alexander Architectural Archive, the General Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin

Processing Information

This collection is not processed. Please see Archive's staff for more information.


Other Finding Aids

Unpublished inventory in the Archive.


References to works about H. Dan Heyn

-- compiled by Rebecca Romanchuk

Heiny-Cogswell, Elizabeth A. Roots and Shoots of the H. Dan Heyn Vision: Indigenous Planting Design, 1850-1980. Thesis. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 2002.


Detailed Description of the Collection

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

 

Series A: Drawings

Series Abstract
The Drawings series consists of landscape architecture drawings by Heyn for client projects, nearly all of which are in Texas. Drawings are listed alphabetically by client's last name, or if no client's name is available, by project title. This is a preliminary inventory provided by the donor, Henry D. Heyn, Jr. These drawings remain unprocessed. Please contact Archive staff for further information regarding these drawings.
1st Texas Building
6350 LBJ Frwy Office Park
Allard residence
Allensworth residence
Arlington Childrens' Clinic
Austin College. Construction drawings - Phase 1.
Austin College. New tennis & baseball facilities.
Austin College - Sherman, Tex.
ayle [sic] residence
Bank of Commerce - Abiline, Tex.
Bank of Kerrville
Baylor College of Dentristry
Barney Beal residence
Sam Beard residence
Beeres residence & ranch
Berkeley residence - Dallas
Ken Billings residence
Charles A. Bird residence
Birthday House print
City of Borger, Texas
Braniff Hostess School
Norman Brinker residence - Dallas
Norman Brinker residence. Grading plan. 1973
Bullock residence
Carrozza residence
Chevalier III Apartments
Church of Incarnation playground
Cistard residence - Highland Park
Clark residence - Greenway Parks
Country Club Estates
Courtyard garden - Mesquite, Tex.
Crandall residence
Crockett Co.
Cullum & Boren store
Custard residence - Highland Park
Davenport residence - Midland, 1977
Decker residence
Dennison Clinic - Dennison, Tex.
Denton, Tex. township plan
John Dorn residence - Midland
Richard Dorn residence - Midland
Dowd residence
Durham residence
EDS
Jack Edwards residence - Dallas. 1959
Ellison residence
Grover Ellisor residence
Employers Insurance Building
Ender residence - Dallas 2001
Ewing residence
Farmers Branch Library
Farnsworth residence
Ferguson residence
Joe Fields residence
City of Flower Mound, Tex.
Forest Oil Co.
James Garner residence
General Auto Building
Girbel residence
Mr. and Mrs. James Golde residence - Dallas, 1963
Goldman residence
Greenville Bank
Grover Hill Cemetery of Dallas
G.S.S. Tower
Greenman residence
Joe Guthrie residence
Hamilton Richardson landscape plan, 1969
Scott Hancock residence
Hauser residence
Heyn residence - Dallas
H. Dan Heyn residence. Addition.
Heyn residence. Sprinkler plan.
Hinton & Locke Building - Dallas
Hippard residence
Ronny Hissom residence
Holiday Marina - Lake Tawakoni, Tex.
Horseshoe Bay
Hurst residence
Hyatt Creek
Irving City Hall
Irving Medical & Northgate Plaza Phase II with American Savings
Irwin Union Bank - Columbus, Ind.
Joe Kern residence
Herbert Keyser residence
Kinkaid residence
Klondike Ranch - Boeckman, Tex.
Klondike Ranch. Swimming pool, 1996
Neal Lacey & Allen Pierce residence
Lake Highlands Estates - Dallas, 1953
Lamplighter School of Dallas
King Laughlin residence
Tom Lebrun residence
John Leede residence
Leibrock residence
Jim Mason & Hugo Schoellkopf
Alan May & Jim Conine residence
McCall residence
McCarty residence - Dallas
McIntosh residence
Medical & Office building - Garland, Tex.
Medical Arts Clinic - Corsicana, Tex.
Merchants State Bank Building
Robert Meyer, Lago Vista Development
Montfort Office Park
Morton residence - San Antonio
Cliff Morton Ranch
Mountain View College
MRCA
Museum of the Southwest
North Central Construction
Northlake Clinic - Dallas
Northlake College of Dallas
Northlake College - Dallas. Site development plans, 1975
Oak Cliff Government Center
Tim Parker residence
Penthouse residence - Midland, Tex.
Dr. Fred Popkess - Dallas
Dr. Popkess residence - University Park, Tex.
Preston del Norte - Dallas
Preston Hollow Gate
Ramsland residence
Redman Industries contract drawings
Redman Office Complex
James Redmon residence
John Rhea
Kenneth Rich residence
Ham Richardson residence
Riverhill Club
Rooker residence
Rosenberg residence
Ross residence - Dallas
S & S Tearoom of Dallas
Sakowitz Village on the Parkway
Sammons Tower
Schuster Ranch House - Kerrville
Dr. George Schuster residence
Armund Schwarz residence
Scottish Rite Hospital - Dallas
SEDCO Towers
Sewell Base
Sewell Ranch
Sewell Ranch. Fountain constuction detail, 1996
Sewell Ranch. Landscape plans, 1995
Sewell Ranch House. Landscape, construction finish grade/drainage plan.
Sewell Ranch House. Preliminary landscape plan, 1994
Sewell Ranch study print "revisions"
Shaw residence
Phillip Shelton residence
Skillman Bend Condominiums - Dallas
Mrs. W.C. Smith residence
Solomon & Bee residences
Straus residence
Suiberson residence
Tatum Ranch
Texas Farm Bureau
Texas Instruments - Dallas, 1965
Texas Instruments Garden at Dallas Garden Show - Dallas
Texas Instruments Semi-conductor building - Dallas
Texhoma Medical Plaza
Texins Rod & Gun Club (part of Texas Instruments), 1962
Doris Todd residence
Stuart Todd residence
Town houses
Turner Mansion, 1989
Unidentified layout plan
Unidentified yellow trace pencil study
Unidentified yellow trace sketches
University of Kansas dorms
The Village Gardens Memorial Park (Wadley Instruments) - Dallas
Wadley Blood Bank - Dallas
Cy Wagner residence
Waite residence
Waterview Church of Christ - Dallas
Waterview Church of Christ - Dallas. Addition, 1987
Stanley Werner residence
Westgate Apartments - Irving, Tex.
Wheelock & Freeman residence
Clayton Williams residence - Midland
Williams Ranch & residence
Will Wilson residence
Jack Yardley residence



 

Series B: Job Files

Series Abstract
The Job Files series consists of proposals, estimates, specifications, plant lists, correspondence, and other documentation relating to landscape architecture projects undertaken by Heyn.
1st National Bank - Kerrville, Tex.
Abbot Park/Highland Park Township, Tex. Proposal.
Allensworth residence
Andres residence - Dallas, 1971
Arlington Children's Clinic, 1971
Anthony Atwell residence - University Park, 1966
Austin College. Landscape estimate worksheet for baseball, tennis courts, trustee garde, Windsor Mall.
Austin College. Phase II. Jonsson Plaza & Windsor Mall, 1972
Austin College. New tennis and baseball facilities specifications and plant list.
Austin College. Plant list for specifications of Windsor Mall.
Austin College - Sherman, Tex. Preliminaries, 1971
Austin College. Trustees garden.
Baylor College of Dentistry - Dallas. Specifications, plant list, and maintenance instructions.
Baylor College of Dentistry job file, 1977
Baylor College of Dentistry - Dallas. Landscape specifications.
Baylor Medical Center - Dallas. Pkg Building. Specifications and plant list, 1974
Baylor Medical Center - Dallas. Sammons Tumor Institute, 1973
Sam Beard specifications
P.T. Bee Ranch - Collin County
Ken Billings - Dallas, 1976
Charles Bird residence
Boeckman Ranch - Johnson City, Tex.
City of Borger, Tex., 1967
Braniff Hostess School
Norman Brinker residence - Dallas, 1973
Bullock residence - Dallas, 1968
Bill C. Burns residence
Byrd residence - Dallas, 1974
Carrozza residence - Dallas, 1979
Carrozza residence - Dallas. Landscape specifications, plant list, and nurseryman (Joe Acosta) costs.
Cemetery promotion - Garland, Tex., 1970
Chevy Chase, Md. Town Centre, 1972
Church of the Incarnation playground - Dallas, 1970
Jim & Carolyn Clark residence
Chester Cook residence, 1988
Country Club Park - Garland, Tex. Estimates, 1974
Crandell residence
Cullum & Boren Store - Dallas
Dallas Association for Retarded Citizens
Dallas Police Memorial specifications
Robert M. Davenport residence
Deaf Action Center - Dallas
W.W. Decker residence - Amarillo, Tex., 1968
John Dorn residence & office
Richard Dorn residence
Lynn D. Durham residence - Midland
Employers Insurance Building, 1982
Farmers Branch, Tex. Library
Betty & Ross Farnsworth residence - Plano, Tex.
Ferguson residence
City of Flower Mound, 1973
Fogle residence
Fort Worth Savings & Loan. Specifications, 1977
Fort Worth Savings & Loan, 1st Texas Financial Corp. - Dallas. Arlington, Plano, Richardson, Denton, and Ft. Worth, 1975-1977
Aaron Gibel residence - Midland, Tex. Specifications.
Goldman residence
Great Southwest Office Tower - Dallas. Mockup based on Mountian View, 1970
Greenville Avenue State Bank - Dallas, 1976
Guiberson residence - Highland Park, Tex., 1968
Scott Hancock
S.T. Harris. Plan included, 1958
S.T. Harris residence - Dallas
S.T. Harris - Highland Park, Tex. Bids on trees.
S.T. Harris - Highland Park, Tex. Landscape planting bids, 1975
S.T. Harris - Highland Park, Tex. Sprinkler specifications, plant list, and other specifications, 1975
Heard Museum - Colin County, 1967
H. Dan Heyn, building permit for carport, 1992
Highland Park Methodist Church. Proposal and correspondence (not selected for job), 1975
Horseshoe Bay - Marble Falls, Tex.
Hyatt Creek
Irving City Hall. Fee file.
Irving City Hall. Interior plant specifications and list.
Irving City Hall. Preliminary plans.
Irving City Hall. Specifications and landscape estimates, 1974
Irving City Hall. Sprinkler specifications, 1975
Irving Medical Village
Elizabeth Ivey residence
Job pictures - various and assorted
Jordan Technical Films Building, 1971
Kellman Office Complex - Dallas, 1971-1973
Kelton residence
Kern residence. Landscape specifications and plant list.
Joe & Barbara Kern residence
Herb Keyser residence
Kimsey residence - Midland, Tex.
Douglas Kincaid residence
Lamplighter School - Dallas. Landscape specifications and plant list, 1977
Landscape specifications
Leadership Apartments - Dallas, 1971
Leede residence - Midland, Tex., 1964
Jim Mason residence
Matter & Massad. Promisory note, security.
Allan May residence - Midland, Tex., 1968
Bob Mayer residence
Delores McCall residence, 1996
McCutchin S/C proposal, 1975
Sam Moore residence
Cliff Morton residence
Mountain View College. Landscape contract and payment request.
Mountain View College - Dallas. Landscape specifications with addendum, 1970
Mountain View College. Routine reports, supervision, 1972
Mountain View College. Sprinkler system.
Non-Magnetic Building. Texas Instruments main campus - Dallas
Northgate Plaza Shopping Center - Irving, Tex.
Northlake College. Landscape specifications with George Robinson's comments, 1976
Northlake College. Miscellaneous.
Northlake files. Final Northlake sprinkler and landscape specifications.
Northlake files. Sprinkler system; analysis of Lamberts bid, estimates; Schulenberg; contracts and general correspondence; appointment calendars.
Northlake College film
Oak Cliff Savings & Loan Apartments, 1968
Timothy H. Parker residence
Perry residence - Dallas. Landscape specifications.
Dr. Fred Popkess job file, 1975
Ragland residence - Dallas, 1968
Redman Industries
Redman Office bids
Redman Office Park. Originals.
Redman residence - Dallas, 1971
Redman residence. Specifications and plant list.
Resource & List of Projects
Restaurant proposal
Ham Richardson residence - Ft. Worth, Tex.
Riverhill Club - Kerrville, Tex.
Rooker residence
Rosenberg plant list and specifications. Information on berms.
Rosenberg residence - Dallas, 1976
Rosenberg residence - Renner, Tex., 1977
Sakowitz. Specifications for irrigation.
Sakowitz Village Block E - Addison, Tex., 1980
Dr. George Schuster residence - Kerrville, Tex.
Armond Schwartz Jr. residence
SEDCO Towers
SEDCO Towers. Filter fabric information and rough draft landscape specifications.
SEDCO. Water feature drawings.
Sewell Ranch, 1996
Shaw residence - Dallas, 1997
Mrs. W.C. (Edie) Smith residence - Odessa, Tex.
Texas Employers Insurance - Dallas. Landscape specifications, 1982
Texas Farm Bureau - Waco, Tex., 1970
Texas Farm Bureau - Waco, Tex. Maintenance installation.
Texas Instruments North Building - Dallas, Tex. Tropical garden.
TGI Fridays - Addison, Tex. Landscape and irrigation, 1979
Jimmy Thomas residence, 1974
Town West Subdivision - Plano, Tex. Entrance, 1977
Turtle Creek Tower - Dallas, 1973
Union Bank - Taylorsville, Ind., 1969
Union installation. Irrigation specifications, 1976
University of Kansas, 1966
University of Texas at Austin. Natatorium, 1974
Village on the Parkway Fountains
Village on the Parkway Shopping Center (Sakowitz Village), 1978
Village on the Parkway. Specifications.
Wadley Blood Bank - Dallas, 1973
Cy Wagner - Midland, Tex. 1987
Weiner residence - Dallas, 1971
Mrs. Stanley Weiner - Midland, Tex.
Debbie Wheelock residence - University Park
Henry & Ann Williams ranch - Decatur, Tex.
Atty. Gen. Will Wilson - Austin, Tex., 1968



 

Series C: Office Records

Series Abstract
The Office Records series consists of documents used and kept by Heyn in the course of his landscape architecture business.
Accounts receivable files, 1974-1997
Appointment books, 1968, 1993-1998
Business cards for H. Dan Heyn, assorted styles
Cedar Springs Office lease and legal papers - Dallas
Check stubs - Office, 1967-1971
Correspondence files
Desktop address book
Financials, 1968, 1970
Mountain View College, Dallas speech. Notes on index cards.
Office and expense files, 1972-1998
Office sign template: "H. Dan Heyn - Landscape Architect"



 

Series D: Reference Files

Series Abstract
The Reference Files series consists mainly of plant and product information kept by Heyn. Also included are files on colleagues O'Neil Ford, Arch B. Swank, and Frank Welch.
Annuals
Anthony Pools
Benches
Benches & outdoor furniture
Buffalo grass manual
Bulbs
Concrete information from Texas Industries
Erosion control
Fences
Fertilizers
Fescue grass lawns
Filter fabric
O'Neil Ford; biography and obituaries
Fruits for dollars - grapes and others
Greenhouses
Hydro mulching lawns
Interlocking concrete block
Native Texas plants
Outdoor lights
Park outdoor cooking grills
Paving
Paving-brick on sand and concrete
Play equipment
Professional Practice of Landscape Architecture
Sculpture
Slide notes on plants
Stone
Stone carving
Sundials
Arch Swank file
Terrace umbrellas
Tree staking and stell edging information
Treehouses
Frank Welch file
Wildflowers
Wildflowers - seeds



 

Series E: Photographic Material

Series Abstract
The Photographic Material series contains approximately 1,100 slides and 130 photographic prints of projects undertaken by Heyn. This series is not yet processed and contains material in addition to the projects listed below which appeared on the donor's inventory.
Austin College - Sherman, Tex. Photographs and slides, 1972
Birthday House, photographs and slides
Burns residence photographs and slides
S.T. Harris residence, b/w photographs and slides
Cliff Morton residence photographs, 1979-1980
Rhea residence, photographs and slides