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THE BIRTHDAY, Sterling County (1966): Architect Frank Welch built the minimalist ranch shelter on a bluff overlooking a flat expanse of land in West Texas, conjured from salvaged timber and stone quarried on site, including small stone cairns left by migrant workers known as "birthdays." In 1997, the Texas Society of Architects gave it the 25-Year Award jointly with Louis Kahn's Kimbell Art Museum. B R A N I F F I N T E R N AT I O N A L AIRWAYS, Dallas (1928 – 1982): Headquartered in Dallas since 1942, the airline — and air travel in general — was transformed by Braniff CEO Harding Lawrence when he tapped Madison Avenue ad exec Mary Wells (who would become his wife) to create a campaign titled The End of the Plain Plane. Alexander Girard plane interiors, Pucci uniforms for stewardesses, and planes in paint schemes by Alexander Calder shook up the airline industry. Jacl Corgan with Herman Miller and Ray Eames designed the waiting area. BIRDSALL PARMENAS BRISCOE, Houston (1876-1971): Well-known as associate architect to John Staub for Bayou Bend, Briscoe was celebrated in his own right, creating historic homes in Courtlandt Place and Broadacres, as well as the first home in River Oaks, the summer house of William L. Clayton. THE BRIT, Fort Worth (2011): D e s i g n e d b y H 3 H a r d y Collaboration Architecture, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas is one of only eight in Texas to earn a LEED-NC Platinum rating. A living rooftop prairie recreates the Goodland/Walnut Barrens — possibly the largest Texas barrens habitat and one of the only living roofs in Texas modeled after a true native ecosystem. backdrop for an international art program. 100 TEXAS DESIGN ICONS BEER CAN HOUSE, Houston (1968): John Milkovisch, an upholsterer for Southern Pacific railroad, devised the ultimate monument to recycling and the working man's favorite libation. Preserved by the Orange Show and under its umbrella, an estimated 50,000 aluminum cans adorn every surface of the late self-taught artist's home and garden. CASCI PLASTER, Dallas (1930): Established 90 years ago by Italian immigrant plaster maker Giovanni Primo Casci, the firm today — thanks to new ownership by Mark Marynick and partner Paul Labadie — upholds the founder's passion for sculpting ornamental coffered ceilings, capitals, brackets, crown molding, wall niches, friezes, and keystones that embody an almost-lost art that is the foundation of classical architecture. BROCHSTEINS, Houston (1935): Brochsteins has flourished for more than 80 years with its inspired take on custom architectural millwork and furniture. Projects h a v e i n c l u d e d S a k o w i t z 's 254,000-square-foot downtown Houston store at 1111 Main Street (1951) to the J. Paul Getty Museum in L.A. BUFFALO BAYOU PARK CISTERN, Houston (1926): A former drinking- water reservoir for the City of Houston, the forgotten Cistern was rediscovered and reclaimed in 2010 by Buffalo Bayou Partnership. The site's 221 iconic 25-foot-tall columns have made a unique CADILLAC RANCH, Amarillo (1974): America's most loved roadside attraction commissioned by Stanley Marsh for a stretch of Route 66 outside Amarillo. Its creators were radical hippie design collaborators, San Francisco-based Ant Farm, a collective comprised of Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez, and Doug Michels, who buried 10 vintage Caddies, 1949 to 1963 models, tail fins out, at the jaunty angle of the Cheops Pyramid. Before graffitti The Brit 42

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