University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

Wayne Bell papers,

1957-2009



Collection Summary

Creator Bell, Wayne
Title Wayne Bell papers
Dates 1957-2009
Abstract The Wayne Bell Papers consist of manuscript and printed materials, drawings, photographic material, and artifacts, 1957-2009 (12 boxes), that document Bell's career as a historic preservation architect and professor.
Quantity 4.5 linear feet (12 total boxes; 7 manuscript boxes, 2 photo boxes, 3 slide boxes, 499 slides, 734 photographs, 2 floppy disks, 1 compact disk)
Repository: Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Biographical Sketch of Wayne Bell

M. Wayne Bell was born in Luling, Texas in 1933 and graduated from Kermit High School in Kermit, Tex., in 1950. After having served in the U.S. Navy, 1955-57, he received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1960, and attended the University of Delaware's Winterthur Post-Graduate Program in American Decorative Arts. He worked as an apprentice architect with Neuhardt and Babb in Midland, Texas, 1960-64, and then worked for the University of Texas' office of Facilities of Planning and Construction, 1964-68. Bell developed a professional interest in restoration architecture through work on the George W. Littlefield House, a historic home on the University of Texas (UT) campus, and the Winedale Historical Center, an outdoor museum and study center dedicated to Texas history located in Round Top, Texas. In 1968 he went to the Texas State Historical Survey Committee, now the Texas Historical Commission, and became the first state restoration architect, serving as director of the National Register Program in Texas. In 1972, he began work for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, where he was chief of the Historic Sites and Restoration branch, then returned to UT to teach full-time, initially in the American Civilization program and then as the Meadows Centennial Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture.

In 1973, Bell helped establish at the UT School of Architecture a master's degree in historical preservation program, one of only four in the country at this time. In 1992, the Heritage Society of Austin, Inc., recognized this program and Bell's leadership with their Education Award. As director of the Winedale Historical Center (1967-1994), Bell began the Winedale Preservation Institute, which offered a historic structures documentation course for students from various Texas universities. Bell shared his interest in downtown revitalization efforts with his students through Main Street projects in various Texas towns. He retired from UT in 1995 but remains a professor emeritus.

Concurrently with his UT work, Bell also was a founder and senior principal of Bell, Klein and Hoffman, originally Wayne Bell and Associates, an Austin architectural firm specializing in historic preservation. The firm worked on restoration projects such as the Paramount Theatre, the Franklin Savings, the Littlefield House, Hirschfeld House, Austin History Center, Walter Tips Building, the Davis Buildings, Hannig Row, and the Old Millett Opera House (Austin Club). The firm received the Carl Burnette Outstanding Service Merit Award in 1985 for its contributions to the beautification of Austin. Bell sometimes built class assignments around the firm's projects.

Additional service to the architectural community included appointment by Governor Mark White to the Architect of the Capitol search committee and as first chairman of the Historic Landmark Commission for Austin, where he was instrumental in preparing the Historic Zoning Ordinance. He was active in other organizations: National Council for Preservation Education; National Register of Historic Places project; Strand Planning Committee for Galveston; and the Texas Society of Architectural Historians. Among other honors, he was named an American Institute of Architects Fellow in 1985, recognized with the Heritage Society of Austin's Architecture Award of Merit eleven times between 1973 and 1985, and in 1999 was the first architect to be honored with the Sue and Frank McBee Visionary Award.

Bell's historic preservation involvement continues beyond his retirement with his position as Texas Main Street Architect for the Texas Historical Commission (2003- ). He also has served as adviser for projects such as the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts and city park on the south bank of Town Lake and is an associate consultant with David Hoffman, Architects.


Scope and Content of the collection

The Wayne Bell papers consist of manuscript and printed materials, drawings, photographic material, and artifacts, that document Bell's career as a historic preservation architect and professor.

The Professional Papers series documents Bell's career, including records related to service on a variety of architectural and historical committees and organizations. Notable within these records is documentation of Bell's service on the Historic Landmark Commission (1974-1975). The series also includes newsletters related to historic preservation and architecture.

The Faculty Papers series contains correspondence, printed materials, creative works, diagrams, and photographic material, created and gathered by Bell, documenting his work as a professor at the School of Architecture, University of Texas. The bulk of the material is student work from his classes, but also includes work from other UT School of Architecture classes. Students’ field books (1974) include notes, site plans, and drawings of Travis County buildings, many of which are still standing as of 2009. Course materials for Architecture 262-L include lecture notes as well as printed materials about American architects’ professional standards in the 1950s-60s.

The Projects series contains documentation created as part of restoration and building projects carried out in Texas. Projects include work by both students and by his firm Bell, Klein and Hoffman. In particular, the Inge-Stoneham (1982-1987) and Josey House (1983-1986) projects are well documented with day-to-day memoranda of contractor decisions made during the project. There is also a large file of research material, pamphlets and original photographs on Ingram, Tex. and the surrounding Hill Country area.


 

Arrangement

The Wayne Bell papers are arranged into three series: Professional Papers, Faculty Papers, and Projects.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Access is by appointment only to any serious scholar.

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.


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
Creators (persons):
Bell, Wayne
Subjects (organizations):
University of Texas at Austin. School of Architecture
Texas Historical Survey Committee
Winedale Historical Center (Round Top, Tex.)
Bell, Klein and Hoffman
Texas Main Street Project
National Register of Historic Places Program
Subjects:
Historic buildings -- Conservation and restoration -- Texas
Document types:
Photographs
Slides
Architectural drawings
Student works

Related Material

The Austin History Center, Austin Public Library holds the Bell, Klein and Hoffman Records, 1973-1987 (AR.2009.009).

The Alexander Architectural Archive holds the Winedale Historical Center Collection, 1961-1993.

The Alexander Architectural Archives holds the University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture Collection, with materials relating to the Historical Preservation program.

The Briscoe Center for American History holds Wayne Bell Papers, 1974-1993, with materials relating to Winedale Historical Center.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Wayne Bell papers, Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Processing Information

Papers processed by: Catherine Grady, Amanda Keys, and Nicholas Rejack, INF 389R, Fall 2009


References to works by or about Wayne Bell

-- compiled by Amanda Keys

Polgar, Robi. "Silent Partner: Architect Wayne Bell's Quiet Contributions to the Long Center." The Austin Chronicle, Oct. 15, 1999.

McBee, Sue Brandt. "Alcalde's 1982 Sampler of Interesting Campus Intellectuals." The Alcalde, Jan. 1982.

Sheehy, Sandy. "Restoration Drama." Texas Monthly, June 1977.


Detailed Description of the Collection

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

 

Series A: Professional Papers, 1957-2009, undated
1.25 linear feet, 3 manuscript boxes

Series Abstract
The Professional Papers series is composed of manuscript and printed material, maps, photographic material, and an artifact. This series documents Bell's architectural career (1971-1984), including records related to service on a variety of architectural and historical committees and organizations. Notable within these records is documentation of Bell's service on the Historic Landmark Commission (1974-1975). The series also includes newsletters related to historic preservation and architecture.
A1: Correspondence, 1973-1984
box folder
1 1 Correspondence
A2: Writings, 1985
box folder
1 2 Abner Cook: Master Builder on the Texas Frontier, manuscript introduction, 1985
A3: Associations and Committees, 1971-1984, undated
box folder
1 3 Architect of the Capitol Committee, 1983-1984
Correspondence, memoranda, curriculum vitae
box folder
1 4 Historic Landmark Commission (HLC), Austin, 1974-1975
Correspondence
box folder
1 5 Historic Landmark Commission, Austin, 1974-1975
Committee meeting agendas
box folder
1 6 Historic Landmark Commission, Austin, 1974-1975
Reports: Surveys form for historic landmark inventory
box folder
1 7 Historic Landmark Commission, Austin, 1974-1975
Legal documentation
box folder
1 8 Historic Landmark Commission, Austin, 1974-1975
Reference materials
box folder
1 9 National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE), 1981-1983
Correspondence and memoranda
box folder
1 10 National Council for Preservation Education, 1981-1983
Nominating committee: correspondence, memoranda, and notes
box folder
1 11 National Council for Preservation Education, 1981-1983
Annual meeting: New Orleans, La., October 1981
box folder
1 12 National Register of Historic Places project, 1972-1973
Correspondence
box folder
1 13 National Register of Historic Places project, 1972-1973
Inventory forms and nominations [various locations: Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma]
box folder
1 14 National Register of Historic Places project, 1972-1973
Research documentation corresponding to nominations in folder 13
box folder
1 15 National Register of Historic Places project, 1972-1973
Black and white photographs (8) corresponding to nominations in folder 13
box folder
1 16 Strand Planning Committee, Galveston, Tex., 1974, undated
Correspondence, printed material, proposals
box folder
2 1 Texas Parks and Wildlife, 1971-1974
Correspondence, memoranda, notes
box folder
2 2 Texas Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), 1969-1977, undated
Correspondence and memoranda
box folder
2 3 Texas Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), 1969-1977, undated
SAH brochure and bylaws, 1969 annual meeting information
box folder
2 4 Texas State Historical Survey Committee, 1971-1975
Correspondence and memoranda
box folder
2 5 Texas State Historical Survey Committee, 1971-1975
Committee meeting, Lubbock, Tex., July 1972
box folder
2 6 Texas State Historical Survey Committee, 1971-1975
Manual, U.S. Dept. of the Interior--National Park Service policies for Historic Preservation, 1972
box folder
2 7 Texas State Historical Survey Committee, 1971-1975
Art of Spain and New Spain exhibition, 1973-1975
A4: Conference programs, 1977-1978
box folder
2 8 The Theatre Historical Society of America, San Antonio, Tex., July 1977
8 Conference on Folk Culture in Texas: Preservation and Presentation, San Antonio, Tex., September 1977
8 Society of Architectural Historians, Los Angeles, Calif., February 1977
8 Society of Architectural Historians, San Antonio, Tex., April 1978
8 Material Culture: The Shape of the Field, Winterthur, Del., October 1993
A5. Awards, 1985-1992
box folder
2 9 Heritage Society of Austin Awards to Bell, Klein and Hoffman projects list, 1975-1985
9 American Institute of Architects, Fellow, 1985
9 Texas Cultural and Historical Resources Committee, House of Representatives, 1990
9 Heritage Society of Austin, Inc. Education Award: University of Texas School of Architecture's Historic Preservation Program, 1992
A6: Research and Reference Materials, 1958-1990
box folder
2 10 Texas Architecture 1958: an exhibition of Texas architecture, sponsored by the Texas Society of Architects and shown at the Dallas Garden Center during the State Fair of Texas, October 4-19, 1958
10 Texas Homes, June 1980
11 U.S. Department of the Interior Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service newsletters, 1977-1980
12 U.S. Department of the Interior Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service news releases, 1979-1980
box folder
3 1 Preservation News, January-August 1976
2 The Saccarappa: Newsletter of the Galveston Historical Foundation, March 1980
3 Society of Architectural Historians newsletter, 1976-1977
4 Southwestern Mission Research Center newsletter, 1975-1976
5 El Campanario: Texas Old Missions and Forts Restoration Association newsletter, January-June 1979
6 Society of Architectural Historians, Texas chapter, newsletters, 1975, 1989
7 Victorian Society in America newsletters and bulletins, 1973-1974
8 Preservation drafts and reprints, 1966-1985, undated
9 Brochures, 1958-1990
10 Newspaper clippings, 1973-1982
11 Assorted, 1980s-2009, undated
Wayne Bell and Gerlinde Leiding-Bettis photograph, 1976
Texas Society of Architects membership card, 1983
Wayne Bell resume, 2009
box folder
3 12 Wayne Bell interview, November 20, 2009, conducted by processors [compact disc]
13 Bell, Klein and Hoffman binder, undated



 

Series B: Faculty Papers, 1974-1992, undated
1.25 linear feet, 3 manuscript boxes

Series Abstract
The Faculty papers series contains manuscripts, printed, and photographic materials, created and gathered by Bell, documenting his work as a professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas. The Students' Works subseries includes classwork for Bell and other architecture faculty.
B1. Administrative, 1971-1983, undated
box folder
3 14 Correspondence, San Antonio Conservation Society, 1973
15 Correspondence, 1971-1983, undated
16 Faculty search, Preservation Program (curriculum vitae), 1980, undated
B2. Course Materials, 1978, 1984, 1987, undated
Course descriptions in architecture are indicated by ARC. These folders may contain syllabi, notes, exams, and reference material.
box folder
3 17 Poster, UT master's in architecture/historical preservation program, [1973]
18 Program and course descriptions, 1976-1988, undated
box folder
4 1 ARC 262-L, Professional Practice, 1962, undated
2 ARC 563, Advanced Preservation Design Studio, Spring 1983, Fall 1987, undated
3 Summer Records Program, Winedale, 1984
4 Readings and bibliographies (includes two 3.5 inch floppy disks), 1989-1994, undated
B3. Students' Work, 1974-1993, undated
Students' work may contain drawings, reports, photographs, and documentation.
box folder
4 5 Bath House, White Rock Lake, Dallas, Tex. (4 color photos, 15 slides), undated
6 ARC 355 Field Books, Travis County, 1974
Student works included: Donald R. Aird, Thomas Bertschler, Jimmy Caldwell, Henry Carranco, Nolan B. Creekmore, Robert Espinoza, Leigh Gates, Madison Graham, Whit Hanks, Daniel Hardy, Ford Ivey, Binnie McCreary, Joni Melasky, Hugo Monsanto, Les Nichols, Stephen Reus, Priscilla Spilman, Barry Wagner, Vanessa Werlla
7 ARC 355, National Register of Historic Places project (San Francisco Javier Catholic Church, Travis County), includes black and white photos, Spring 1974
8 Texas Churches Survey Sheets, includes 12 black and white photos, 1974
Student works included: Steve Horswell, Sam White
9 National Park Service Intern program, 1975
10 "Joe Dauchy Concrete Gin and Other Water Power Sites on the San Marcos," 3 black and white photos, 1979
Student work of William Howze
11 Austin Historical Architecture project, 1983
12 Hot Wells, San Antonio, Tex., student paper and report, 1983
Mexican Missions (n.b. Bell was involved with similar projects, but these are not from his classes), 1983-1992, undated
box folder
4 13 Convento de la Concepción, Zacualpan de Amilpas, Morelos, includes one color photo, drawings, undated
14 El Señor de la Columna, Temoac, Morelos, includes 2 color photos, undated
15 San Mateo Atlatlauhcan, Morelos, one color photo, drawings, undated
16 Santa Maria Asunción, Tochimilco, Pue, one color Polaroid, drawings, Summer 1992
box folder
5 1 Santuario de Guadalupe, Amecameca, Mexico, includes one color photo, drawings, undated
2 Assorted single drawings, 1983-1990, undated
3 National Park Service Peterson Prize, Building: Burton Farmers Gin, Burton, Tex., 1990
Student works included: Bob Brown, Robin A. Camp, Paul Homeyer, Joo Young Hur, Tony Liew, Sandra Moon, Kristin Peterson, Henry Wagner, Harriet White



 

Series C: Projects, 1961-1993, undated
2.75 linear feet, 3 manuscript boxes, 2 photo boxes (700 photos), 2 slide boxes (499 slides)

Series Abstract
The Projects series contains manuscript material (correspondence, invoices, typewritten lectures, reports, maps, plans, and survey cards) and photographs (black and white and color) created in restoration and building projects carried out in Texas from 1961 to 1987. Photographic material includes snapshots of vernacular architecture details taken by Bell on-site. Projects are arranged alphabetically by building name; city and county are noted where known. Dates reflect creation of the project material.
box folder
5 4 1st National Bank, Jefferson, Tex., 2 color photos, 1976
5 Alpha Delta Pi sorority house, Austin, Tex., 1971
6 Captain Nelson Merrell House [HABS No. TEX-3132], Williamson County, Tex., 6 black and white photos, 1961
7 Comfort, Tex. map, 1978
8 Colorado County (Tex.) Courthouse, 32 color photos, 35 mm negatives, 1993, undated
9-17 Fayette County Architectural Survey, Biegel, Cat Spring, and other sites, 67 black and white photos, 7 survey cards, 1978, undated
18 Firehouse renovation for Del Rio Council of the Arts, correspondence, ARC 563 class material, printed materials, 1983
19 House on Guadalupe, location unknown, black and white photo, undated
20 House of the Seasons, Jefferson, Tex., color photo, 1976
21 Inge-Stoneham House (relocated to Winedale Historical Center), notes and memoranda, 1982-1985, undated
22 Inge-Stoneham House (relocated to Winedale Historical Center), notes and memoranda, 1985-1987, undated
box folder
6 1, 2 Inge-Stoneham House (relocated to Winedale Historical Center), 3 black and white photos, 6 contact sheets, undated
box
8 Inge-Stoneham House (relocated to Winedale Historical Center), 24 black and white and 9 color photos, 35 mm, 4x5 inch negatives, undated
box
10 Inge-Stoneham House (relocated to Winedale Historical Center), 194 color 35 mm slides, undated
box folder
6 3 Ingram, Tex., project, reference material for Kerr County, 1987, undated
4 Ingram, Tex., project, Kerrville Daily Times clippings, Jane Hale Rommel column "So You're Moving," about moving to Kerrville, Tex., area, 1987-1988
5 Ingram, Tex., project, brochures, 1987-1988, undated
6 Ingram, Tex., project, Veterans Administration Medical Center folder promotional materials, 1987, undated
7 Ingram, Tex., project, 48 black and white photos, 3 contact sheets, undated
8 Ingram, Tex., project, 94 color photos, 35 mm negatives, undated
9 Josey House, notes and memoranda, 7 Polaroid photos, 1983-1986, undated
box
8 Josey House, 57 black and white and 36 color photos, undated
box
9 Josey House, 106 black and white and 16 color photos, undated
box
11, 12 Josey House, 162 color 35 mm slides, undated
box folder
7 1 Lampasas Revitalization slide lecture script, Lampasas, Tex., undated
2 Lewis House (Stagecoach Inn, Winedale), Round Top, Tex., 24 black and white photos, circa 1963-1964
3 Main Street project, Eagle Pass, Tex., correspondence, memoranda, reference material, 1972-1981
4 Main Street project, Eagle Pass, Tex., report draft, 1981
5 Main Street project, Eagle Pass, Tex., financial records, 1981
6 Main Street project, Hillsboro, Tex., research material and 13 black and white photos, 1981
7 Main Street project, Hillsboro, Tex., contract and correspondence, 1981
8 Main Street project, Hillsboro, Tex., financial records, 1981
9 Main Street project, Hillsboro, Tex., report, 1981
box folder
10 Navasota House, Navasota, Tex., 6 color 35 mm slides, undated
box folder
7 10 Old Spanish Missions preservation, San Antonio, Tex., correspondence and grant proposal, 1973
11 Sam Houston House, Huntsville, Tex., correspondence and report on proposed restoration by Terry G. Jordan, 1980
12 Taylor (Tex.) Revitalization lecture script, 1980
13 Tips House, Austin, Tex., drawing by Virginia Erickson, 1974
box
9 Walker Log House, 154 color photos, undated
box
11 Walker Log House, 137 color 35 mm slides, undated