The lawn in front of the Museum of Science and industry in Chicago is today mostly empty. However in 1893 the site was part of the vast World’s Columbian Exposition and upon it sat a building constructed to represent the state of Texas. At the time Texas was a very poor, rural state but it had aspirations to be something more. It was designed by a Texas Architect who also had aspirations to be something more.

The transcript for the episode can be found here

If you want to learn more, here are some links to follow:

James Riely Gordon

The World’s Columbian Exposition

The location of the Texas State Building

Chris Meister’s article on the Texas State Building

Chris Meister’s book on James Riely Gordon

Brantley Hightower’s book on Central Texas Courthouses

Special thanks to:

Emily Osborn

Olivia Mahoney

Chris Meister

Music by Chris Zabriskie

Logo by Julie Pizzo Wood

Special guest voice work by Clara Hightower