From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
March 4, 2014
Contact: Lee Nichols, 512-463-0126

Van de Putte Presents Texas Treasure Business Award to Ford, Powell & Carson Architects and Planners

(San Antonio) -- State Senator Leticia Van de Putte will present a Texas Treasure Business Award to Ford, Powell & Carson Architects and Planners Inc. at the offices of the long-established San Antonio architecture firm in a ceremony Monday, March 10 at 5:00 p.m. Ford, Powell & Carson is located at 1138 East Commerce Street in historic St. Paul Square which the firm master planned and restored.

Senator Van de Putte nominated Ford Powell & Carson for the award program sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission. The award recognizes Texas businesses and professional practices that have been in existence continuously for 50 years or more. The announcement of the award coincides with Ford, Powell & Carson's 75th anniversary.

"For 75 years now, Ford, Powell & Carson Architects and Planners have been either creating or preserving the look and feel of one of America's most unique cities, shaping some of San Antonio's most important architectural projects," Van de Putte said. "It is such an honor to have a firm of such distinction in our city, and I'm proud to present them with this most deserved Texas Treasure Business Award. Enduring companies like this, which add value and character to the culture of our state, are exactly why I authored legislation creating this award in 2005."

The firm was founded by O'Neil Ford in 1939, when he came to San Antonio at the invitation of Lyndon Johnson to supervise the design and construction of La Villita, a project of the National Youth Administration, a component of the Depression-era WPA. Ford became nationally and internationally known for blending materials native to the region with clean and simple forms prevailing in modernist design.

The firm grew to be a partnership (Ford, Powell & Carson Architects in 1967) and finally a corporation (Ford, Powell & Carson Architects and Planners Inc. in 1972).

Ford Powell & Carson has designed notable and award-winning projects in San Antonio for seven decades. FPC has been responsible for the master planning of Trinity University and many of its buildings, including the Parker Chapel and Murchison Tower, the initial planning of HemisFair and the design of its iconic Tower of the Americas, master planning of both the UTSA 1604 campus and the downtown campus and a number of private schools, churches and private residences. The firm restored downtown's Crockett hotel and collaborated on the design of the Hyatt Regency and the Paseo del Alamo that unites the River Walk with Alamo Plaza through the hotel's lobby and atrium.

FPC has pioneered the field of historic preservation in Texas and has been responsible for the restoration of the Texas State Capitol, the fire-damaged Governor's Mansion, San Antonio's San Fernando Cathedral, the Alamo, and Missions Concepcion, San Jose, and San Juan Capistrano, with work soon to commence on Mission Espada.

Other landmark projects include the recently completed Kleberg Texas Heritage Center at the Witte Museum, the design of the City of San Antonio's Public Safety Headquarters, Stieren Center for Exhibitions at the McNay Museum in collaboration with a Parisian firm, several ongoing projects at HEB's Arsenal headquarters complex, the Pearl Stables event space, and the Museum Reach extension of the River Walk, linking downtown with the Pearl Brewery redevelopment.

Much of the firm's earlier archives are now housed at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture Alexander Archives, a legacy of beautiful drawings used to create landmark projects.

Ford, Powell & Carson has won more than 160 design awards including recent awards from the San Antonio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Texas Historical Commission. The firm won the first San Antonio AIA Studio Award for un-built work in 2012 and the City of San Antonio's first LID (Low Impact Design) competition in 2013. The firm's collaboration with Trivers Associates on the restoration and renovation of the Hipolito Garcia Federal Building on Alamo Plaza received a Platinum LEED designation, the highest achievable sustainability evaluation from the Green Building Council. It is the only building owned by the General Services Administration to have achieved this recognition.