Hill Country Deco: Modernistic Architecture of Central Texas

In the midst of the Great Depression, the State of Texas embarked on an ambitious program to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Texas Revolution of 1836. Under the auspices of the Commission for Control of Texas Centennial Celebrations, museums and monuments were built across the state. Much of the action during the war for independence from Mexico took place in central Texas, so many of the memorials are in this region. Some of the state's leading architects designed these buildings and monuments in modernistic style. The memorials also exhibit the work of artists brought to Texas to create murals and sculpture for the Texas Centennial Exposition in Dallas, a landmark of Art Deco design.

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  Mier Expedition and Dawson's Men Monument, La Grange
1936, Page & Southerland (architects), Raoul Josset and Pierre Bourdelle (artists)
  Gonzales Memorial Museum and Amphitheater
1937, Phelps & Dewees
  Texas Memorial Museum, Austin
1939, John F. Staub with Paul P. Cret
  Alamo Cenotaph, San Antonio
1940, Adams & Adams (architects), Pompeo Coppini (sculptor)