Best Architect (2013)

Barry Moore

When a planned expansion to the Houston Library System's historic Julia Ideson Building was announced, architectural purists held their collective breath — would the building's original Spanish Renaissance design be enhanced or butchered by the addition? Luckily, Barry Moore, an architect with an investment in Houston's historic preservation, was at the helm. Moore used the original plans by Ralph Adams Cram as a guide, updating it for the requirements of new technology and contemporary patron usage, creating a seamless addition to the iconic structure. Over the years, Moore has worked on the renovation of City Hall interiors and the repurposing of the former Congregation Beth Israel complex (built in 1925) into the first campus for the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Moore, who has worked in Houston for more than 47 years, inherited his love of preservation from his father, one of the founders of the Heritage Society and the city's first preservation architect.


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