Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Photos from Mid Tex Mod's Tour Day

On Friday, October 5, 2012, Mid Tex Mod helped kick of Docomomo US's national tour day.

The event was held at the First Baptist Church at 901 Trinity Street, in downtown Austin, Texas. The church was constructed in 1969-70 and designed by Barnes, Landes, Goodman and Youngblood.

Bell tower at First Baptist Church. The tower contains the original bell from the 
first First Baptist Church, now demolished. Photo by Charles Peveto

 Photo by Charles Peveto.
Building dedication plaque. Photo by Charles Peveto.

Ms. Mod at the podium. Photo by Charles Peveto.
Anna Mod of Houston Mod spoke about the history of modern architecture in Houston and presented her new book, Building Modern Houston. Her talk was a whirlwind tour that included the story of the Astrodome, landmarks of NASA history, architecture of private homes and post-war suburban expansion. It included Houston's earliest modern-era skyscrapers that transformed the Houston skyline, among other fascinating adventures in Texas modernism.
Photo contributed by Emily Ardoin.

Anna Mod signs copies of her book. Photo by Charles Peveto.

After the talk, Jack Goodman gave attendees a special tour of the First Baptist Church. Mr. Goodman was an engineer and partner in the firm that designed the church. Read or contribute more about the First Baptist Church on the Austin Historical Survey Wiki.

Photo by Emily Ardoin.
Mr. Goodman talks about the design of the church. Photo by Jessica Anderson.
Photo by Jessica Anderson.
Photo by Jessica Anderson.
Photo by Jessica Anderson.