Future architects use recollections to recreate schools destroyed in 1960s

Tasked with creating museum-quality models of two Brazos Valley African-American high schools that burned down in the 1960s, a group of Texas A&M graduate architecture students quickly discovered that the few remaining photos of the schools showed only portions of the buildings and there were no known architectural drawings to reference.

To recreate the two campuses, the design students had to rely on recollections from the high school’s former students who volunteered to share their memories and help envision their beloved alma mater anew.

“The alumni’s memories and stories were used to piece together the physical layout of the buildings,” said Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, the architecture professor whose studio tackled the project. “Without their remarkable recollections, these historically significant buildings would have otherwise been lost to history.”

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