ANDERSON, RALPH ALEXANDER, JR.
ANDERSON, RALPH ALEXANDER, JR. (1923–1990). Ralph Alexander Anderson, Jr., Houston architect, the son of Ruby (Ellison) and Ralph Alexander Anderson, Sr., was born in Houston on January 1, 1923. He received a B.A. in architecture from Rice Institute (now Rice University) in 1943 and a B.S. in 1947. From 1943 to 1945 Anderson served in the United States Infantry in the European Theater of Operations. After graduation he worked for the firm of Wilson, Morris, and Crain, in which he became a partner in 1952; by 1978 the firm was known as Crain and Anderson. Among Anderson's notable Houston works, executed in the late stripped-down modernist style, are the World Trade Center (1962), the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic (1963), the Astrodome (1965), the West National Bank (1967), and the Houston Post Building (1969). He also designed the Austin American-Statesman building in Austin; KHOU-TV, Houston; WISH-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana; event centers at the University of Texas at Austin and El Paso, Baylor University, and several out-of-state universities; and award-winning homes in Texas and Louisiana. Architecture critic Stephen Fox described Anderson's Post building as one of the first examples of "freeway architecture," a rectangular box with concrete silos attached, projecting an image that could be apprehended from a speeding car. Anderson served as president of the Contemporary Art Museum, in 1957, the Houston Botanical Society in 1967, and the Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1966. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Anderson died in Houston on February 5, 1990.
Austin American-Statesman, February 6, 1990. Stephen Fox, Houston Architectural Guide (Houston: American Institute of Architects, Houston Chapter, 1990). Who's Who in America, 1974–75.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Diana J. Kleiner, "ANDERSON, RALPH ALEXANDER, JR.," accessed May 27, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fan55.
Uploaded on June 9, 2010. Modified on September 7, 2016. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.