Texas State Teachers Assoc. HQ Bldg/Texas and S.W. Cattle Raisers Bldg – Weatherford

164 410 E. Weatherford Street [RTHL/NR], Texas State Teachers Association Headquarters Building/Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Building, 1930; c. 1950; 1981. Constructed as the state headquarters for the Texas State Teachers Association, this building was designed by Wiley G. Clarkson and built by general contractor R.E Ball. Clarkson’s design in the Second Renaissance Revival style recalls his earlier design for W.I. Cook Memorial Hospital (CBD 108). Both buildings are clad in smooth cut Indiana limestone and roofed with green glazed terra cotta. The Teachers Association building, however, is more restrained in its detailing which is derived from classical sources. In 1949 the TSTA Board of Delegates voted to relocate the association staff and headquarters to Austin so that the organization could be more effectively involved with legislative issues. TSTA sold the building in 1950 to the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Founded in 1877, the organization published The Cattleman magazine and employed brand inspectors to curb cattle stealing. This building served as headquarters for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association from 1950 until 1980. When the organization outgrew this facility in 1980 and moved to a new building on W Seventh St., they sold this building to the National Finance Credit Corporation and the Texas Livestock Marketing Association, businesses that provided credit and marketing services to cattlemen. In 1981 these owners restored the minor changes made to the building in the early 1950s by the Cattle Raisers Association. A Recorded Texas Historic Landmark since 1981, this building is potentially eligible for the National Register on the basis of its architectural quality and association with two important Texas institutions.

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