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After doing the volksmarch at Singing Wind Park we did some sightseeing. Our first stop was at the Museum of Western Art where two sculptures are on display out front.

“Out of the Mystic Past” by Fritz White is of a Native American shaman.

“Wind & Rain” by William Moyers is of a cowboy and his horse.

Leaving the museum we headed into town for an assortment of sights.

“Lupe” by artist GiGi Miller, is a mosaic Gudalupe Bass located in Louise Hays Park.

A very nice mural on the wall of the McDonald’s.

Mural on the top floor of the public library.

Mosiac mural is on the outside wall of the library. Can you name the books the scenes are taken from?

Opened in 1926, the Arcadia now sits unused.

Masonic Building occupied by Kerrville Lodge No. 697 A.F. & A.M., from 1891 until 1927.

A former post office, this art deco building was constructed with federal Treasury Department funds in 1935. It is now Kerr Arts & Cultural Center.

“Mother’s Love” an abstract design by James Avery.

Clock tower is one end of a skybridge over HWY 16 for City Hall employees to reach the parking garage. City Hall complete with clock tower and skybridge opened in 2012.

1936 County Marker in front of the courthouse.

Lehmann Memorial Gazebo on the courthouse lawn.

In loving memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice and in honor of all who served.

Snail sculpture near the entrance to Kerr Arts & Cultural Center

One side of a carving in the Kerr Arts & Cultural Center

The other side of the same carving.

A general store started in 1869 by Mr. Schreiner and a partner. This building was erected in 1919.

The 1915 Southern Pacific brick depot has been made into a restaurant.

Before we left Kerrville we headed over to “The Coming King, Sculpture and Prayer Garden”. After our GPS sent us to the wrong place we found the entrance. If you want to vist the correct entrance location is 30.071197, -99.115820. Keep right to reach parking area.

Hidden amongst the glass, chrome and skyscrapers are some pretty wonderful things to see. Like the 1910 Harris County Courthouse.

Traditional Building Website
Built in 1910 in the Beaux-Arts style, the Harris County Courthouse in downtown Houston, TX, is one of the most significant historic courthouses in the state. The elegant, 152,936-sq.ft., six-story structure was designed by Charles Edwin Barglebaugh of the Dallas firm of Lang & Witchell.

A renovation in the 1950s removed most of the historic fabric in the interior and significant elements on the exterior. Floors had been added at each level in the rotunda, closing off the area to natural light that would have come in through the original 80-ft.-dia. art-glass dome. The art-glass dome was gone too; it had been removed because of hurricane damage.  The good news is that the historic building has been saved and restored, as much as possible, to its original 1910 condition, thanks to a $52-million, seven-year restoration, completed in 2012.

Reconstructing the art-glass dome was a significant challenge. The architects had no historic evidence or photos to follow, with the exception of indentations in the base of the concrete piers from the original steel structure. These, at least, indicated the shape and general curvature of the dome.  The ARCHITEXAS team decided to go with a Prairie-style art-glass dome. I.H.S. Studios, Fredericksburg, TX, worked with the architects to detail and construct the new art-glass dome.

The attic level of each projecting bay is crowned with a raking parapet. The architrave and frieze of the dentilled raking cornice are detailed with stylized brickwork and iron grills.  The tympanum contains a large medallion displaying an open book set within the scales of justice and underlined with a bilateral feather ornament. Other conspicuous decoration on the facades of the courthouse includes sculptured female faces which peer out from scroll brackets positioned like keystones above segmentally arched windows of the second floor. Abstractly rendered lion heads with depending floral ornament occur at the frieze level above the rusticated piers on each elevation.

Not far from the courthouse is the Sweeney, Coombs & Fredericks Building.  One of the few Victorians left standing downtown, this narrow, three-story, built in 1889 and capped with a corner turret, was designed by George Dickey as the home of a jewelry firm. 

The building, with its elaborate Eastlake ornamentation, is a beauty to behold.

My next discovery was the old Ritz Movie Theater.  It was done is a Southwest Style, and opened in 1926.  Not sure how long it was open, but today is sport the beautiful neon sign from “The Majestic Metro” another vintage movie theater which didn’t survive the wrecking ball.  Today is it a banquet hall, not a movie theater.

Next door to the Majestic Metro is a mural on Treebeard’s Restaurant.  This is a new mural painted in 2013, I think.  But the restaurant has had a mural of one type or another since 2007.

St. Germain Lofts is the renovated 1913 Kress Building.  The store had eight stories – enough room for retail on the first 3½ floors, Kress’s offices above, and four floors of office space for lease. The store had two facades, one facing Main, the other facing Capitol. It was renovated into loft apartments in 1982.

During renovation the large-scale cornice with its corbels and the roof parapet that held the Kress logo were removed.  But the bas-relief art between the 7th and 8th floors survived the renovations.

The design pattern on the bottom of the building was added during the renovations.

I like the architecture that is candy to the eye.  Modern glass and chrome just isn’t my thing.  I’m glad these treasures have managed to survive in Houston.

 

 

 

After doing a volksmarching event along the river walk in San Antonio we took time to tour Mission San Jose and Mission Concepcion before heading home.

Mission San Jose is first.

We parked in front of this building next to the mission.

Bell tower in the distance.

Statue of the Franciscan monk Fray Antonio Margil De Jesus who founded this mission in 1720.

Outdoor ovens dot the compound.

A diorama of the mission.

Well in front of the mission.

Sculpted in 1775, the Rose Window is considered to be one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in North America.

Doors to the Mission surrounded by artwork. This entrance is not open.

Looking up above the door.

Gateway into the mission on the North side wall.

Support arch.

West side of the mission.

Arches without covers.

This entrance to the mission is the one you enter through.

Alter just inside the door.

Dome with metal chandelier.

Art around the inside door.

Brass metal Stations of the Cross line the wall.

Font for water

Door has intricate design.

Another well we passed on the way out.

We headed over to Mission Concepcion

Big sign at the entrance.

Ruins and the Mission.

Water well in front of the mission

One of the two bell towers.

This entrance to the mission isn’t open.

Arched hallway down the side of the mission.

Gated stairs, they don’t want anyone going up.

Faded artwork on the wall.

Inside of the church.

Artwork surrounding what I think was the bell pull rope.

Faded artwork above an arched doorway.

Close up of the picture of Jesus.

Domed area with a metal chandelier (retrofitted with electric lights).

Outdoor alter across the courtyard.

One final look at the mission as we leave.

One last post from our trip to Austin.  Sparky Park of a former electric substation, the park was created through the efforts and vision of neighbors. Lovely old trees and a unique art wall make this pocket park something special.

Really enjoyed this Grotto Wall!  Had to add a little something of my own to the artwork.

After visitin Hope Outdoor Gallery we headed over to 23rd and Guadalupe to the University Co-op to see the murals and Bevo.

Bevo

1923 Church across the street.

First Mural I saw says across the top – What Starts Here… Changes the World

40 year old mural is an important part of Austin history.

Mural of Texas – Mural shows the landscape of the state of Texas and highlights various state landmarks.

Close up of middle section.

Photographic print of a mural that is painted at another location.

Back by Bevo on the way out..

We were in Austin to do a volksmarching event (walk) and took the opportunity to visit this iconic location. The art is not permanent – it gets painted over regularly so what I post here may already be gone!

Navasota used to be an AVA sanctioned walk (volksmarch) but the club out of Bryan-College Station that hosted it has folded.  So this is a “just for fun” walk to take pictures and see how the town has changed since we last walked here.

Sculpture of Mance Lipscomb (April 9, 1895 – January 30, 1976). He was a blues singer, guitarist and songster. He was born near Navasota, TX.

 

Miller Movie Theater on the bottom, Masonic Lodge on the top. Building circa 1930.

 

Leake Building circa 1873

 

A section of the “Blues Alley” mural.

 

Another section of the mural.

 

This is a Blues mural, but it has country western section.

 

There is more to the mural, you should visit it to see it all.

 

Dated building: Chinskis since 1861

 

Mickelborough Building circa 1874

 

In 1871 this building opened as a mercantile.

 

P.A. Smith Hotel circa 1876.

 

The First National Bank was built in 1800. That bank closed in 1952. After years of other uses it is now Prosperity Bank.

 

This 2011 City Hall is a replica of the 1902 City Hall.

 

Frank Hamer – Navasota City Marshall 1908-1911. Best known for being the person who tracked down and killed Bonnie & Clyde.

 

Lee Tabernacle United Methodist Church – a Gothic Revival church building erected in 1896.

 

One story brick church from the Army base in Laredo, TX.  At the end of the war, they dismantled it and rebuilt it here.

 

Ed patiently waiting for me to finish taking pictures.

 

Just a pretty house, no historical marker.

 

First Presbyterian Church – A Gothic Church built in 1894.

 

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – This English Village-Gothic Church was completed in 1891.

 

First Baptist Church – the one with the steeple in the background was built in 1890.

 

A 1892 “Stick” Victorian Style home.

 

Built 1871 in the style of Jesse Youens’ former home in Dartford, Kent, England.

 

A Queen Anne Style home circa 1898.

 

A free little lending library in a front yard.

 

Colonial Revival Style home circa 1900.

 

A 1902 Queen Anne style home.

 

A 1892 Victorian House.

 

Just a pretty fountain.

 

This 1930s High School is now the ISD administration offices.

 

VFW marker in the middle of a divided street. May be a war memorial.

 

Statue of French explore La Salle. He was killed by his own men near this spot in March 1687.

 

Terrell House is a lovely Queen Anne circa 1897.

 

2016 Post Card style mural on the side of MIller’s Theater.