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Barrie Scardino Architectural Research Papers

Identifier: MSS 1366

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of research materials for her books and projects about Houston architecture. It features materials from the Texas Historical Commission’s Historical Properties Survey, Rice Design Alliance’s Heart of the Park Competition, and Rice University’s Architectural Survey. Items include notes, brochures, slides, photos, press articles, letters and correspondence.


  • 1986-1995


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Barrie Scardino Architectural Research Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Barrie Scardino Bradley is an architectural historian and writer who has focused her career on the Houston area. She is a past architectural researcher for Rice University, architectural archivist, historic preservationist, editor, and executive director of the AIA Houston Chapter. She has authored and co-authored numerous publications and reports including the Houston Architectural Survey (1981); Houston's Forgotten Heritage (1991); Clayton’s Galveston: The Architecture of N. J. Clayton and his Contemporaries (2000); and Improbable Metropolis: Houston’s Architectural and Urban History (2020).

Bradley has degrees from Duke University and the University of Southern California. She has three children and at the time of this writing, Bradley lives in Beaumont, Texas with her husband, Dr. Jerry Bradley.


5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials



Series 1 Houston Area Architectural Research Barrie Scardino Bradley has published numerous books and articles on Texas architecture and culture. This series is comprised of research materials for her books on Houston architecture which includes notes, brochures, photos, press articles, letters and correspondence. It features materials from the Rice Design Alliance, the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance, and the Jesse Jones Foundation. It also includes materials referencing the following notable people: Kittle Nash Groce, William and Ina Nash, Frank Cullinan, Sr., William P. Hobby, Frank Cameron Jones, Roy Hofheinz, Jr., Arthur Benjamin Cohn, Andrew J. Wray, Jesse Jones, George Dickey, George F. Barber, Stephen Fox, Paul Hester, and William Seale.

Series 2 Historic Properties Survey Historic Properties Surveys are collected for the Texas Historical Commission. Architectural and archeological surveys identify significant properties in neighborhoods, communities, and entire counties. Published inventories of such sites can be indispensable in raising a community's awareness of its cultural heritage and in its planning efforts. The most important resources identified through surveys have potential for state and national landmark designation.

Series 3 The Heart of the Park Design Competition (1992) In 1992 RDA co-sponsored the Heart of the Park Design Competition, along with the recently formed Friends of Hermann Park and the city’s parks and recreation department. The competition’s goals were “to unify and anchor the diverse elements of Hermann Park, enhance and strengthen the existing elements of the main axis, create a place to commemorate Houston, and make a relaxing, welcoming environment for all people.”Specifically, the competition proposed improvements for a scruffy section of Hermann Park from the Sam Houston Monument to the Grand Basin, including an oak-lined reflection pool. The winning team consisted of Melton Henry/ Maurice Robison, Architects, Inc.; Peter Brown, Architects/ Planners; and Scott Slaney and Steve Harding. The competition led to the commissioning of a new master plan by noted landscape architect Laurie Olin, and the Heart of the Park improvements were completed in 2004. Series 4 Houston’s Forgotten Heritage (1991) The Junior League of Houston sponsored the development of Houston’s Forgotten Heritage through a project led by members Dorothy Knox Howe Houghton, Barrie Scardino Bradley, Sadie Gwin Blackburn and Katherine S. Howe. From 1983 – 1988, more than 50 Junior League volunteers collected, processed and cataloged thousands of private papers, library holdings and photographs to create the beautiful hardbound publication.

Series 5 Houston Architectural Survey She began her Texas career in the fall of 1979 on the research faculty of the Rice University School of Architecture as the senior researcher on what became a six-volume study: the Houston Architectural Survey (1981). After completion of the survey, she became the first architectural archivist for the City of Houston at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center of the Houston Public Library. She left that position to return to Rice as a researcher and eventually became the managing editor of the Rice Design Alliance’s publication, Cite: The Architecture and Design Review of Series 6 Slides Slides of Houston’s early rural and city houses and buildings. It includes candid family and group photos. Series 7 Personal This series includes Barrie’s community involvement with the Houston Theta Charity, a folder dedicated to her daughter Liz Scardino (Booma), and an archival catalog, “Light Impressions.”

Related Materials

MSS 0248 Domestic Architecture of Harris County, 1824-1914 / Junior League Photographic Collection

Additions To Incorporate
Courtney Tutt
April 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Donated by Barrie Scardino in 2000.

Repository Details

Part of the Houston History Research Center Repository


African American History Research Center
Houston Public Library
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston History Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002