A Guide for Travelers to TexasThe 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.
Must-see Buildings in Houston, Texas:
- The Transco Tower
Philip Johnson designed this landmark skyscraper, which is now known as the Williams Tower
Must-see in Dallas–Fort Worth, Texas:
- The MADI Museum and Gallery Building
Artist Volf Roitman created a new style using bold geometric forms
- The Dallas Theater Center (Kalita Humphreys
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
Must-See Buildings in San Antonio, Texas:
- The Alamo
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.
Must-See in College Station, Texas:
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.