He is still revered in the Austin design community.
Elsewhere around town, late architect John Saunders Chase Jr. is not as widely celebrated. Even fewer recall the full story of the first African-American to earn an advanced degree in architecture at the University of Texas, who went on to design many public and private projects in Houston, Austin and Washington, D.C., while also serving as the first black president of Texas Exes, the UT alumni group.
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John Chase Tour Day in East Austin
1 p.m. Gathering and exhibition of John Chase’s work at Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.
1:30 p.m. Lectures on Chase’s life and mid-century buildings at the Carver.
2:30 p.m. Self-guided tours of the David Chapel and Phillips House near East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Chestnut Street.
Suggested donation: $5.
Michael Barnes writes about Austin’s people, places, culture and history