About Texas Deco

Flush with oil money, Texas in the 1930s and '40s saw architecture as the means for changing its image from a bastion of the Old South Cotton Kingdom to an outpost of the urban West. From rural county courthouses to urban skyscrapers, the state experienced a wave of Art Deco projects by local architects and national figures.

Authors and photographers David Bush and Jim Parsons have documented the state's Deco heritage in books focusing on Houston and the Texas coast; San Antonio, Austin and the Hill Country; and Fair Park in Dallas, the site of the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition. They are at work on a fourth book about the Art Deco art and architecture of Dallas/Fort Worth and North Texas.

About the authors

David Bush was born and raised in New Orleans, where he developed his lifelong interest in historic architecture. David holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from Middle Tennessee State University and has worked professionally in preservation since 1990. He has spent most of his career with two organizations: Galveston Historical Foundation and Preservation Houston.

Jim Parsons, a native Texan, puts a passion for the Lone Star State's history and architecture to work as director of special projects and walking tours chairman for Preservation Houston. In his other career as a freelance author and photographer, Jim has written about and photographed cities across the United States.