Lost Architecture of the Rio Grande Borderlands (Fronteras Series, sponsored by Texas A&M International University)

Lost Architecture of the Rio Grande Borderlands (Fronteras Series, sponsored by Texas A&M International University)


Mexican settlers first got here to the valley of the Rio Grande to set up their ranchos within the 1750s. centuries later the nice River, dammed in a global attempt via the U.S. and Mexican governments to supply flood keep an eye on and a extra in charge water provide, inundated twelve settlements that have been outfitted there. below the waters of the hot Falcón Reservoir lay houses, companies, church buildings, and cemeteries deserted by way of citizens on each side of the river whilst the floods of 1953 crammed the 115,000-acre region years prior to schedule.

The Smithsonian establishment, the nationwide Park provider, and the college of Texas at Austin performed an preliminary survey of the groups misplaced to the Falcón Reservoir, yet those experiences have been by no means accomplished or totally said. while architect W. Eugene George got here to the world within the Sixties, he discovered a life-style ready to be preserved in phrases, pictures, and drawings.

next recessions of the reservoir—in 1983–86 and back in 1996–98—gave George new entry to at least one of the settlements, Guerrero Viejo in Mexico. regrettably, the receding lake waters additionally made the village available to looters. George’s paintings, then, was once an important in documenting the indigenous structure of those villages, either because it existed ahead of the flooding and because it remained earlier than it used to be despoiled by means of vandals’ hands.

misplaced structure of the Rio Grande Borderlands combines George’s unique 1975 Texas ancient fee document with the knowledge he gleaned in the course of the low-water sessions. This good-looking, prolonged photographic essay casts new gentle at the structure and lives of the folks of the Texas-Mexico borderlands.

Show sample text content

Download sample