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Property Name Cranfill Apartments
Reference Number 13000613
State Texas
County Travis
Town Austin
Street Address 1909 Cliff Street, Building B
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 8/20/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture
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The Cranfill Apartments are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places at the local level of significance under Criterion C in the area of Architecture, as they display distinctive characteristics of midtwentieth-century modern design on a residential scale. Additionally, the building is an elegant and exemplary example of the work of Harwell Hamilton Harris, widely regarded as a master of this era of design. Harris designed the apartments in 1958 for a professor at The University of Texas at Austin, where he had served as Dean of the School of Architecture before moving to Dallas around the time he designed the building. The building is one of few examples of Harriss work in Austin and is associated with the Thomas Cranfill House, designed by Harris in 1952 and located just one lot south. The period of significance for the nominated property is 1960, the year in which construction on the building was complete.


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