Date of Award
Master of Arts - History
Dr. Perky Beisel
Dr. Jere Jackson
Dr. Scott Sosebee
Dr. Chay Runnels
In October of 1930, Columbus Marion Joiner’s oil rig, “Daisy Bradford No. 3,” blew a gusher of oil high into the East Texas sky. The subsequent storm of economic activity that resulted from the discovery of the East Texas oilfield irrevocably changed the built environment of many small towns in the region, including Gladewater, Texas. Oil money that flowed into the city funded a flurry of building projects in the 1930s and 1940s that left an indelible mark on the landscape of Gladewater’s downtown area. Unfortunately, a lack of oversight, planning, and guidance has since led to the deterioration of the design, materials, and integrity of Gladewater’s historic downtown— resulting in a loss of visual cohesiveness and historic character. These design guidelines are a tool that will enable the City of Gladewater to take appropriate measures to properly preserve and rehabilitate its historic resources for the enjoyment of future generations.
Herterich, Conor, "DESIGN GUIDELINES: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO PRESERVING THE HISTORIC, CULTURAL, AND ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE OF GLADEWATER, TEXAS" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 201.
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