A Guide for Travelers to Texas
The home state of Former Presidents Bush and Bush (father and son) has a lot more than oil and cattle fields. For travelers who are architecture enthusiasts, here's a selection of historic buildings and innovative new construction in Texas.
The Transco Tower
Philip Johnson designed this landmark skyscraper, which is now known as the Williams Tower. In Dallas, Johnson designed the JFK Memorial.
In Dallas–Fort Worth, Texas:
The MADI Museum and Gallery Building
Artist Volf Roitman created a new style using bold geometric forms
Winspear Opera House
In 2009 Sir Norman Foster created a high-tech, traditional venue for the Arts District.
Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre
Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas helped designed a fully adaptable, modern theatre space for the City of Dallas.
- The Dallas Theater Center (Kalita Humphreys Theater)
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, who reportedly said, "This building will one day mark the spot where Dallas once stood."
The John A. Gillin House
Frank Lloyd Wright's last home constructed before his death.
Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
The Trinity River bridge was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
- Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas
- George W. Bush Presidential Library designed by postmodernist architect Robert A.M. Stern
- Perot Museum of Nature and Science designed by Pritzker-winner Thom Mayne
- Dallas City Hall designed by I.M. Pei
See more Dallas Architecture, including
skyscrapers, JFK Memorials, and art deco at Fair Park >>>
Go to San Antonio, Texas:
You've heard the phrase, "Remember the Alamo." Now visit the building where the infamous battle took place.
La Villita Historical District
An original Spanish settlement, bustling with shops and artisan studios.
San Antonio Missions
Missions San Jose, San Juan, Espada, and Concepcion were built over the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Spanish Governor's Palace
Constructed in 1749, the building was the Governor's Place when San Antonio was the capital of Texas.
Architecture in College Station, Texas:
- George Bush Library, Presidential Library of the forty-first President of the United States
- College of Architecture, Texas A & M University
Also in Texas:
You can't go inside these privately owned homes, but they merit a drive-by.
- Amarillo: Sterling Kinney House by Frank Lloyd Wright
- Bunker Hill: William L. Thaxton Jr. House by Frank Lloyd Wright
Texas Architecture in the News:
The Texas A & M Bonfire
In November 1999, twelve students were killed and more than two dozen injured when a 4-story high pyramid of logs assembled for a pep rally bonfire collapsed at Texas A&M.
Plan Your Texas Itinerary:
For tours of historic Texas architecture, visit the National Register of Historic Places. You'll find maps, photographs, historical information, and travel recommendations.