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"When Beaumont Moved to Houston: An Architectural History of the Race to Control the Gulf" - A Book Talk with Barrie Bradley

October 26, 2020
06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
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Woman in grey sitting in chair with books around her; Tune in as Barrie Bradley, author of Improbable Metropolis: Houston’s Architectural and Urban History, guides us through the incredible story of how and why Houston blew past its competitors in a race to control the Gulf. It all started in the early 20th century when big oil was the big news, and the center of the petroleum world moved to Houston, bringing Beaumonters along with it. It’s a Tale of Two Cities told through architecture and urban growth.

Barrie Scardino Bradley is an award-winning architectural writer who has published numerous books and articles on Texas architecture and culture, including Houston’s Forgotten Heritage (1991, Rice University Press); Clayton’s Galveston: The Architecture of N. J. Clayton and his Contemporaries (2000, Texas A&M University Press); Ephemeral City: Cite Looks at Houston (2003, University of Texas Press); Houston’s Hermann Park: A Century of Community (2014, Texas A&M University Press); and Fair Winds: The History of Kirby Corporation (2017, Herring Press). She has also edited several publications, significantly the Houston Architectural Guidebook (2012, AIA Houston). After living and writing in New York City from 1998 to 2004, she returned to Houston and became executive director of the American Institute of Architects, Houston Chapter, and the Houston Architecture Foundation until 2011 when she moved to Beaumont, Texas. She currently lives in Beaumont with her husband, Jerry Bradley, University Professor of English at Lamar University, and spends as much time as she can with the families of her three children in Savannah, Austin, and Boston.

Sponsored by the Center for History & Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast.

Ree Stelly
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