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Pier 21 and Harbor House

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1993, Ford, Powell and Carson. Pier 21

In the 1990s, the docks abutting the Galveston Ship Channel were redeveloped with tourist-oriented waterfront amenities meant to entice casual visitors to the water's edge. Cynthia and George Mitchell's Pier 21 consists of a pair of buildings at the north end of 21st Street opening to the harbor. These buildings are faced with a system of vertically ribbed, cement composition panels with functioning wood shutters. By avoiding stylistic imitation Ford, Powell and Carson ensured that Pier 21 complemented the nineteenth-century commercial architecture of Strand while providing a modern spatial ambiance.

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Gerald Moorhead et al.
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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Pier 21 and Harbor House", [Galveston, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/TX-01-GV4.

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Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 413-414.

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