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John S. Chase with sons Anthony and John Jr. by

A New Book Celebrates the Work of Architect John S. Chase

Chase was the state’s first licensed Black architect and the first Black person to receive a master’s degree from the University of Texas.

John S. Chase is the Texas architect you wish you knew about—or perhaps should have already heard of. Inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright with his own ...Read More

Zac Crain's reflection in a puddle in downtown Dallas. by

The Flâneur of Downtown Dallas

Zac Crain has spent four years getting to know the nooks and crannies of the Big D, which he documents in his new book, A Pedestrian’s Recent History of Dallas.

Within Texas circles, Dallas gets a bad rap. It is, some say, not as weird as Austin, as sophisticated as Houston, as beautiful as San Antonio, as historic as E...Read More

Carnegie Colored Library (1912, W. Sidney Pittman, demolished 1962), 1112 Frederic at Robin (West Polk). by

Improbable, Prophetic Houston

Two new books about the Bayou City—one about its people, one about its places—explore how the fourth largest city in the U.S. became itself.

Our cities sometimes appear inevitable. Once something is built, it’s difficult to remember what the landscape was like before—before a highway cut through ...Read More

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