Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

A Guide to the Allen McCree Papers, 1975-1996


Creator: McCree, Marvin Allen, 1937-2007
Title: Allen McCree Papers
Dates: 1975-1996
Abstract: Allen McCree was the Architect of the Capitol of Texas (1988-1992) and oversaw the interior preservation and underground extension of the Capitol Building. His papers include the plans for the Capitol project, general architectural materials, and the slides and script for a lecture on the history of the Capitol.
Identification: AMP
Quantity: 6.34 Linear feet, (13 document boxes, 1 oversized box and 2 flat files)
Location: File Vault; OVR map case
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

Biographical/Historical note

Allen McCree (1/27/1937 – 5/4/2007), FAIA [Fellow of the American Institute of Architects] Architect of the Capitol (1988 – 1992), was born Marvin Allen McCree in Vernon, Texas to Marvin and Lucile Allen McCree. His parents later moved to Midland, Texas where Allen graduated high school. After high school he attended Texas A&M where he graduated with a B.A. in journalism. He went on to study architecture at Kansas State University from 1962 to 1963 and also at UT-Austin from 1963 to 1965. It was at UT that he first became interested in the Texas Capitol building and historic preservation, during a course taught by Professor of Architecture, Blake Alexander. He worked at the architectural firm of Page Southerland Page from 1965 to 1986, officially registering as an architect in 1973. McCree was appointed to the position of Architect of the Capitol in 1988. This position, as head of the State Preservation Board, entailed preserving the existing Capitol Building and designing the underground extension that was ultimately completed in 1993. The underground extension added office space while leaving the historical facades untouched. He was also actively involved in the American Institute of Architects [AIA] with various roles including president of the Austin AIA Chapter and a representative of the Southwest on the National Board of Directors. He was named a Richard Upjohn Fellow in the AIA in 1987, an honor received by less than 1% of American architects.

McCree was married to his wife Lynn for over 46 years and they had one daughter, Meredith McCree. Allen McCree was a devoted family man, always making time to support Meredith’s oboe practice as well as attend oboe concerts. He was also an active member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, designing their sign and logos. Other community involvement included his pro bono design of a temporary home for the Ronald McDonald House of Austin, presidency of the West Austin Neighborhood Group, and involvement with We Care Austin, Downtown Austin Partners and the Downtown Austin Alliance Streets Committee. He was also instrumental in designing and finishing the Congress Avenue Beautification project.

During his time as Architect of the Capitol, Allen McCree served as Executive Director of the State Preservation Board where he created the Master Plan for the Restoration and Extension of the Capitol. His love of Austin had earlier led him to co-edit the local AIA bicentennial guidebook in 1976, entitled Austin and Its Architecture. For his involvement in the community and dedication to responsive government he was presented the Roberta Crenshaw Award. Personal interests included historical preservation and the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Scope and Contents of the Records

The Allen McCree Papers, which span 1975 – 1996, include newspaper clippings, correspondence, memos, notes, architectural plans and specifications, budgets, reports, pamphlets, receipts/statements, and drafts, primarily documenting McCree’s involvement in architectural projects in the state of Texas.

The bulk of the collection covers McCree’s professional career. This includes his time as Architect of the Capitol of Texas during which he headed the extension project, which expanded the Capitol underground at its north end. The Capitol Architect Materials cover nearly every aspect of McCree’s tenure as executive of the State Preservation Board. Major topics include the planning and construction of the Capitol extension, the preservation of the Capitol building interior, and the refurbishment of the old General Land Office building. McCree’s architectural, technical, and design choices are documented, as is the process by which he negotiated with employees, colleagues, and politicians. The architectural drawings and their addenda also help to document the bureaucratic and design processes, particularly the iterations of the project as it developed. In addition, the collection contains the slides and script for a presentation he gave about the Capitol, entitled “The Texas Capitol: Its Design and Construction.”

The General Professional Materials series document McCree’s activities as an architect outside of his time as Architect of the Capitol. The topics covered include other projects he managed (including Apple Annie’s, Katz’s Nightclub, and the Ronald McDonald House), his tenure as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture, and information McCree gathered on architectural materials and design. The series of Personal Materials is brief, and primarily contains information about McCree’s family and cars.


This collection is arranged in three series, one of which contains 4 subseries:
I.Capitol Architect Materials
II.General Professional Materials
2.Non-Capitol Projects
3.American Institute of Architecture
4.Assorted Architectural Materials
III.Personal Materials
Within each series or subseries, files are arranged alphabetically. The original file titles have been retained, and additions made to the title for clarity sake are marked with brackets.


Access Note

Materials are open for research.

Use Restrictions

Materials may be under copyright protection. US copyright law does allow for reproduction of materials under copyright for uses such as critique, criticism, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form.

Index Terms

American Institute of Architects. (AIA).
Doggett, Lloyd, State Senator
Texas. General Land Office.
Texas. State Preservation Board.
Architectural drawings
Texas State Capitol (Austin, Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Short title of Document], [Date: Day-Month-Year]. Box [#], Folder [#], p. [#]. Allen McCree Papers (AMP). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Allen McCree Papers were donated to the Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records, by Lynn McCree in 2012.

Processing Information note

Finding Aid and processing by Tessa Klink, Nicole Marquis, and Kate Neptune in 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Capitol Architect Materials, 1978-1997

Box Folder
G692 1-4 A Capitol Story [Draft], undated
5 Allen McCree Interviews, 1982-1991
OVR 1 Architectural Drawings, Volumes 1-7, Addendumes 2-5, 1992
Box Folder
G693 1 [Assorted Capitol Architect Materials I], 1988-1991
2 [Assorted Capitol Architect Materials II], 1990-1992
3 Brochure Mechanicals, 1978
4 Capital Expenditure Request : Texas State Capitol, 1989
5 [Clippings about the Capitol], 1991-1995
6 [Clippings about the Capitol Extension], 1990-1991
7 [Clippings about the Capitol Preservation Project], 1988-1992
8 David Woodcock Correspondence, 1996-1997
9 Embossed Glass, 1991
10 Extension Archaeological Project, 1996
Box Folder
G694 1 [Extension Dig Photograph], 1992
2 Flooring, 1987-1992
3 General Land Office Building: Circulation Analysis, 1991-1992
Map-case Drawer
OVR 1 3 General Land Office Building: Drawings, 1990
Box Folder
G694 4 General Land Office Building: Museum Concepts, 1989-1992
5 General Land Office Building: Plans, 1990
6 Groundbreaking Ceremony, 1990
7 Interior Preservation Addenda Letters, 1992
8 Interior Preservation Addendum 1, 1992
9 Interior Preservation Addendum 2, 1992
10 Interior Preservation Addendum 3, 1992
11 Interior Preservation Addendum 5, 1992
Box Folder
G695 1 [Interior Preservation: Shutters] TXCAP, 1994
2 Interior Preservation: Slides, 1993-1995, undated
3 Landscaping and Sitework, 1986,1991, undated
4 Newsletters: Preservation Update, 1990-1992
5 [Notes on the History of the Capitol], 1985
6 Performance and Funds Management Reports, 1990-1991
7 Personnel Records, 1991-1992
8 [Old Capitol Materials], undated
9 Photographs from Coyle Buhler, 1990, undated
Box Folder
G696 1 Plumbing, 1990-1992, undated
2 Presentation Research and Correspondence, 1962-1982 [1978-1982, undated]
3 Preservation and Extension Master Plan, 1989
4 Preconstruction Conference: Asbestos Abatement, 1992
5 Preservation Analysis for the Capitol, 1983
6 Project Manual for Interior Preservation Vol. 1, 1992
Box Folder
G697 1 Project Manual for Interior Preservation Vol. 2, 1992
2 Project Manual for Interior Preservation Vol. 4, 1992
3 Requests for Legislative Appropriations, 1992-1993
4 Senate State-Municipal Planning Study, 1982
5 Texas Architect Covers, 1990-1997
Box Folder
G698 1-2 "The Texas Capitol: Its Design and Construction": Slides and Script, 1981, undated
3 Texas Peace Officers Memorial Design Competition, 1992
4 [Texas Society of Architects]: Capitol Prints Text, 1989
OS 120 [Texas Society of Architects]: Capitol Prints, 1989

General Professional Materials, 1975-1992

Resumes, 1989-1992
Box Folder
G698 5 Resumes, 1989-1992
Non-Capitol Projects, 1984-1990
Box Folder
G698 6 Apple Annie's, 1984-1990, undated
7 [Katz's Night Club], 1988
Box Folder
G699 1 [Ronald McDonald House], 1988-1989
American Institute of Architecture, 1985-1992
Box Folder
G699 2 [Association for Preservation Technology/Committee of Historical Resources], 1989-1990
3 Assorted Materials, 1983-1992
4 Current, 1987-1991
5 Fellows Committee, 1985-1992, undated
6 Immediate, 1988-1992, undated
Box Folder
G700 1 [John] Davis [Fellowship Correspondence], 1985-1992
2 Last Meeting, 1980-1988, undated
3 Officers [for 1991], 1990
4 Rosters, 1983-1990
Assorted Architectural Materials, 1975-1992
Box Folder
G700 5 Acoustics, 1986-1990
6 Architect Book Club, 1987-1991
7-8 Asbestos, 1985-1991
Box Folder
G701 1 [Assorted Architectural Materials], 1987-1989
2 Canopy, undated
3 Chicago [Association for Preservation Technology], 1989-1992
4 Chicago: [Frank Lloyd Wright], 1989
5 Computers, 1983-1992, undated
6 Concrete, 1988-1992, undated
7 Drywall 1987, undated
8 Elevators, 1987
9 Energy Conservation, 1980-1989, undated
10 Frederick Law Olmsted [Materials], 1986
Box Folder
G702 1-3 Handicapped Access, 1975-1991
4 Hazardous Materials Questionnaires, 1986-1991
5 Land Survey Forms, 1979, 1986
6 Lighting [1], 1983-1991, undated
7 Lighting [2], 1987-1991, undated
8 Managers Seminar, 1989-1990
9 Masonry Veneer, 1980-1991, undated
10 Metals, 1985, 1990, undated
11 [National Fire Protection Agency], 1985
12 [National Preservation Awards Program], 1995
Box Folder
G703 1 Paints and Coatings, 1991
2 Photography, 1979-1992
3 Preservation Technology, 1984-1987
4 Roofing, 1986-1992, undated
5 Screens, 1987, undated
6 Signage, 1987, undated
7 [Texas Society of Architects]: Public Education, 1992
8 Trenching Rules, 1987, 1990
9 Wood, 1987, 1991, undated

Personal Materials, 1979-1992

Box Folder
G704 1 Acura: [Purchase Paperwork], 1987-1991
2 Autos: [Ownership Records], 1985-1990
3 Cars: [Insurance and Maintenance], 1988-1989
4 Eyes: [Opthamology Records], 1990
5 Genealogy, 1989
6 Oboe: [Music Lessons] 1985-1992
7 Who's Who [Solicitations], 1979-1991