Oran M. Roberts
United Daughters of the Confederacy®
Houston, Harris County, Texas
In February 2014, Lynna Kay Shuffield, President, Oran M. Roberts Chapter 440, UDC, decided to undertake to complete the vision of Mayor Oscar Holcombe and the City Council for the exterior design of the history Houston City Hall.
When Joseph Finger designed the City Hall building, there were four small Doric columns placed on the exterior of the building on the east and west side doors.
A 1939 Houston Press newspaper article discusses the City has run-out of funds to hire a sculpture to design and cast the two bronze statues of the Allen Brothers.
The project has remained dormant until Lynna Kay decided to stop and fix it! This is an important design element of the exterior of the City Hall building and the intent of the Mayor and City Council should be realized by adding the two planned statues.
The cost for the design, casting and installation of both statues is $80,000 plus an additional $10,000 that must be paid to the City of Houston for them to accept the donation of the statues.
Dr. Ralph E. Dittman, a member of the Allen Family, donated the original $25,000 to get the project started. We sincerely appreciate his support of this project.
Lori Betz, a Houston artist with over 25 years experienced has been commissioned to design and cast the bronze statues.
An unveiling of the two maquette statues of Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen took place at the Annual Awards Ceremony for the Oran M. Roberts Chapter 440, UDC. The event took place on Saturday, Sept. 20th at 2 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Clayton Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston, Texas.
This webpage was created on 1 Sept 2014 and was last revised on 31 Mar 2015
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