AUSTIN – First Lady Anita Perry, along with the State Preservation Board, on Tuesday announced the selection of the firm Ford, Powell and Carson of San Antonio as the project architect for the Governor’s Mansion restoration.
“With the engagement of Ford, Powell and Carson, one of Texas’ premier design firms, the restoration of the Governor’s Mansion truly begins,” Perry said. “It has been a long journey to this point, but (Tuesday) we announced that we are on our way to returning this special home to Texas.”
Ten preservation firms responded to the request for proposal issued in June by the State Preservation Board. Of those 10 firms, three were unanimously selected for final consideration by a five-member review team. The team included senior managers at the Preservation Board and Texas Historical Commission architects. The final selection was based upon firm interviews and reference calls to former clients.
“The breadth of experience and remarkable expertise of Ford, Powell and Carson in the field of preservation, as well as the effective design management demonstrated on some of the most significant restorations in Texas, will serve the state well on the challenging Governor’s Mansion restoration,” said State Preservation Board project manager Dealey Herndon. “The firm has the depth to meet all of the unique requirements of the project.”
Ford, Powell and Carson was founded by the legendary O’Neil Ford. The firm’s practice in historic preservation began in 1965. Based in San Antonio, Ford, Powell and Carson was drawn to historic preservation early in the movement. With 40 years of experience in historic preservation architecture, principal Carolyn Peterson, FAIA, is leading the Governor’s Mansion team. Peterson was responsible for many of the noteworthy preservation projects in Texas, including the Texas Capitol restoration and restorations of many of the San Antonio missions, numerous structures in the Galveston Strand, the Alamo, several Texas county courthouses and a number of other significant projects. Widely recognized for architectural achievement, Peterson recently was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.
Jeff Fetzer, AIA, is serving as the FPC project manager for design. Fetzer had a leadership role on the capitol restoration project in 1993 and played a similar role on a number of preservation projects. Fetzer was the project architect for restorations of the Pabst Brewery in San Antonio and the Laguna Gloria Driscoll Villa in Austin. Yu Long Yang, RA; Gary Coombs, AIA; and Ellen Berky, AIA, NCARB, CCS, round out the FPC team.
FPC’s team also includes as prime consultants HMG and Associations of Austin for mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering and Jaster-Quintanilla of Austin for structural engineering. Both firms provided engineering services related to the Mansion prior to and following the fire.