The Building Arts of South Texas


Stories of Endangered Building Arts and the Crafts People Who Keep Them Alive by Barbara Dean Hendricks. (Available in Harcover and Paperback)

Unlike many faster-growing cities in which countless architectural gems were destroyed in the name of “progress,” San Antonio’s more measured growth has preserved thousands of period homes and work spaces, created numerous historic districts, and birthed a citizenry committed to preserving its unique culture and heritage.
The Building Arts Group was established to document—through in-depth interviews and photography—some of the talented artisans and architectural craftsmen working in South Texas. There are historic and even mythic buildings to preserve and protect for future generations—the Alamo, the Spanish Missions, the San Fernando Cathedral—and the area boasts a wealth of unique public and private buildings spanning almost four centuries.
This comprehensive book showcases the work of the artisans, their families, and their works, in the South Texas community.    See Also: Softcover Version

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Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Johannes Scholze-Woodcarver & Furniture Maker
Chapter 2. Cisi Jary & Daughters-Paint & Finish Restoration Artists
Chapter 3. Thomas Michael Battersby-Stuccoist & Lead Beater
Chapter 4. Carlos Cortés-Faux Bois Concrete Sculptor
Chapter 5. Othon Garcés-Metalworker
Chapter 6. Curtis Hunt & Family-Master Stone Masons
Chapter 7. Kurt Pankratz-Blacksmith
Chapter 8. Richard Di Filippo & Family-Terrazzo Artisans
Chapter 9. John Hall-Woodworker
Chapter 10. Manlio & Adrian Cavallini & Sons
-Leaded, Faceted, & Etched Glass Artisans
Glossary of Terminology
Buildings & Artisans
Artisans’ Work By Location
Financial Support
Oral History Participants


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Weight 30.0 oz
Dimensions 6 × 9 in
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Trade Cloth hardcover with Laminated Dust Jacket


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