The Carter house

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Regarding Barry Shlachter’s basically sound June 22 story, “Historic Carter house is torn down,” I offer for the record:

• Ruth Carter Stevenson’s house was designed and built when she was married to J. Lee Johnson III, and its plans, now in the Architecture Library at the University of Texas at Austin, were so labeled.

• The house would not have existed had I not introduced Ruth to Harwell Hamilton Harris, then architecture dean at UT Austin in 1956. After Ruth engaged Harris and he resigned as dean, I persuaded him to move to Fort Worth and we opened the practice of Harwell Hamilton Harris Architect – Frank. H. Sherwood Engineer Associate, which appears on its plans.

• The “Texas Rangers” appellation refers to Harris’ young faculty when he was dean at UT, not to other architects after he moved to Dallas.

• Lisa Germany correctly notes in her book on Harris that the architectural character of Ruth’s house is reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House in California, which influenced Harris to become an architect.

I am very proud to have been involved in design and construction of this notable residence.

— Frank H. Sherwood, Aledo

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