In a 1963 vel, Edna Ferber compared the city of Galveston to Miss Havisham, the grey, mournful abandoned bride of Dickens' Great Expectations . A thriving port city in the nineteenth century, Galveston suffered catastrophe in the twentieth as a deadly hurricane and shifting ecomics dropped a pall over its waterfront and Victorian mansions. Originally conceived as a requiem for the faded city, The Galveston That Was (developed by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and funded by Jean and Dominique de Menil) instead helped resurrect the city. Architect-author Howard Barnstone, rewned portrait photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, and architect-photographer Ezra Stoller captured the soul of the city in The Galveston That Was and as a result, inspired a major and successful effort to restore Galveston's historic architectural treasures. Many of the buildings pictured in the book have since been restored, and the pace of demolition slowed dramatically after the book's initial publication. In 1994, Rice University Press, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and George and Cynthia Mitchell, published an updated edition of the book. This printing of the book, w under the Texas A&M University Press imprint, contains the text antations and updates, plus Peter H. Brink's afterword, that were added to the 1994 edition.
Howard Barnstone was a visiting critic at Yale University's School of Architecture, USA and a professor in the College of Architecture at the University of Houston, USA. Henri Cartier-Bresson is considered one of the major artists of the twentieth century, having covered many of the world's biggest events, from the Spanish Civil War to the French uprisings in 1968. His photography has been featured in major exhibits around the world. Ezra Stoller was a distinguished architectural photographer whose work is included in museum collections around the world.
Texas A & M University Press
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Sara and John Lindsey Series in the Arts and Humanities