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Boerne, Tx 78006
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Dr. Maggie Valentine will be the Guest Speaker at the April 19th meeting of GSKC. She will speak about her new book, John H. Kampmann: Master Builder San Antonio’s German Influence in the 19th Century

BIOGRAPHY. Dr. Maggie Valentine teaches history and theory of urban and regional planning and architecture in the graduate program at UTSA. She received her Ph.D. in Architecture and Urban Planning from UCLA, and is the author of The Show Starts on the Sidewalk: An Architectural History of the Movie Theatre>/i>, starring S. Charles Lee, and a series of oral histories about life at Taliesin for the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and UCLA. She co-authored Architecture and Democracy with Charles Jencks, and has been published in several anthologies on regional architecture and film including Regionalism and the Humanities; The Southwest; Roadside America, and Architecture and Film. She is co-author of several master plans of communities in South Texas. Her most recent book is John H. Kampmann: Master Builder San Antonio’s German Influence in the 19th Century.

BOOK DESCRIPTION. Although relatively unknown today, John H. Kampmann was an imposing force during his lifetime (1819-1885). Maggie Valentine explores the legacy Kampmann had as a craftsman, builder, contractor, stonemason, construction supervisor, building designer, materials supplier, and business and civic leader for thirty-five years in San Antonio. He changed the face of the city from an adobe Spanish village to a city of stone and mortar. The book also looks at what it meant to be an architect, the business of building, and the role of immigrants. John and Caroline Bonnet Kampmann’s descendants, including the Herffs, Frosts, Chipmans, Carringtons, and Lasaters, as well as family members Bonnets and Boelhauwes, contributed much to the history of the state for generations. His client list reads like a Who’s Who in 19th-century San Antonio. His work included the Menger Hotel, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and the German-English School, as well as the Steves, Eagar, Halff, Groos, and Oppenheimer Houses. In addition he ran businesses from a bank to a brewery, and served as city alderman and fire captain. This study brings to light an important chapter in the formation of the urban fabric of San Antonio and its evolution into a multi-cultural community. Valentine explores the built environment as it exemplified the social, political, and economic history.

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