Austin History Center- front elevation Built in 1933 -Austin Public Library

Austin History Center- front elevation Built in 1933 -Austin Public Library

Entrance to the Reading Room-Carved trim by Mansbendel (oak)

Entrance to the Reading Room-Carved trim by Mansbendel (oak)

Carved door trim detail by Mansbendel

Carved door trim detail by Mansbendel

Carved fireplace attributed to PM and ironwork to Weigl

Carved fireplace attributed to PM and ironwork to Weigl

Elizebet Ney Home carved by Mansbendel in Mahogany (~1930)

Elizebet Ney Home carved by Mansbendel in Mahogany (~1930)

Stephen F Austin portrait plaque presented to the city of Austin 1970's

Stephen F Austin portrait plaque presented to the city of Austin 1970's

Exterior trim piece from Austin Tea Room-Mansbendel

Exterior trim piece from Austin Tea Room-Mansbendel

Character carving from the Austin Tea Room

Character carving from the Austin Tea Room

Peter's carving and sculpting tools

Peter's carving and sculpting tools

Example Frame

Austin History Center

Architect/Builder: Hugo Kuehne
Year: 1933
Style: Italian Renaissance
Areas of Significance: Art, Architecture
City: Austin

Built in 1933 to be Austin's first permanent public library, it served the public as the main library until 1979. Today it is known as the Austin History Center, and it contains local history collections about the City of Austin, Travis County and it's people. It is located at 810 Guadalupe Street, a 1933 limestone structure designed by Hugo Kuehne in the Italian Renaissance style. (Mr. Kuehne was Founding Dean of the UT School of Architecture)

The building, which occupies a half-block site overlooking Wooldridge Park, was remodeled in 1959 and renovated in 1983. It is a Texas historic landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It features the work of some of Austin's finest craftsman, including Iron-worker Fortunat Weigl, Wood-Carver Peter Mansbendel, and Fresco Arist Harold "Bubi" Jenkins.

Photos © 2005 The Austin History Center. Posted with permission
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