Architecture exhibition celebrates endowment

Aug. 31, 2005

AUSTIN, Texas—An exhibition featuring architectural drawings and archival material highlighting the legacy of architect Herbert Miller Greene (1871-1932) will be on display in the Architecture and Planning Library at The University of Texas at Austin from Aug. 31 through Dec. 20, 2005.

Herbert Miller Greene
Herbert Miller Greene

“The Architectural Legacy of Herbert Miller Greene” celebrates the establishment of the John Greene Taylor Endowment for Collections Enhancement and recognizes the importance of Herbert Miller Greene’s contributions to the field of architecture.

The exhibition is a collaborative effort by the Alexander Architectural Archive, the Architecture and Planning Library and the School of Architecture’s Visual Resources Collection. It focuses on Herbert M. Greene’s Dallas architecture, his Masonic commissions and the University of Texas at Austin buildings he designed.

Herbert Miller Greene built more than 90 projects throughout Texas and other U.S. cities, and founded one of the oldest continuously operating architectural firms in Texas. In 1922, Greene received a 10-year contract from The University of Texas at Austin to succeed the esteemed Cass Gilbert as university architect, where he worked with associates Edwin B. LaRoche and George L. Dahl on designs for more than 15 buildings on campus. The following year, Greene was the first Texas architect to be elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Since 1999, the John Greene Taylor Endowment for Collections Enhancement has funded the arrangement, description and preservation of Herbert M. Greene materials in the Alexander Architectural Archive (including those from the Greene LaRoche and Dahl Collection and from the University of Texas Buildings Collection), as well as the preparation of this exhibit. The endowment—established by Greene’s grandson John Greene Taylor—supports the Architecture and Planning Library, the Alexander Architectural Archive and the School of Architecture’s Visual Resources Collection by providing funds for collection cataloging, digitization, acquisition and outreach, including exhibitions and publications.

The Alexander Architectural Archive and Architecture and Planning Library are units of The University of Texas Libraries located in historic Battle Hall on the University of Texas at Austin campus. These libraries house materials related to architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, historic preservation and community and regional planning. The archive is open to researchers by appointment only. Archival collection inventories may be searched through Texas Archival Resources Online. The School of Architecture’s Visual Resources Collection in Sutton Hall serves the instructional and research needs of the university’s faculty and students.

For more information contact: Travis Willmann, University of Texas Libraries, 512-495-4644.