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Recovery: Corpus Christi After Celia (1970)

Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries

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  •  University of Texas School of Architecture Dean Alan Y. Taniguchi  
  •  Fred Worley RAC employee 
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This film, from the Alexander Architectural Archives’ Hugo Leipzieger-Pearce papers, explores the actions of the Redevelopment Assistance Center (RAC) following the destruction caused by Hurricane Celia on August 3, 1970 in the Corpus Christi area. RAC was created with the assistance of faculty and students at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture to provide services designed to expedite rebuilding the area destroyed by Celia. Services included drafting architectural plans and processing damage estimates. The film captures scenes of the storm’s damage, School of Architecture Dean Alan Y. Taniguchi, and RAC staff member Fred Worley conducting a site visit to a Corpus Christi home destroyed by the hurricane.
As part of the Architecture and Planning Library, the Alexander Architectural Archives joins the vast research collections and services found within the University of Texas Libraries. The Alexander Architectural Archives supports scholarship and education about the history of designed and built environments by acquiring and preserving research collections and by making them accessible.

Professor Hugo Leipziger-Pearce (1902-1998) worked as an independent planning consultant in Texas and Germany. Following work on the Australian Pavilion for the 1939 World’s Fair, Leipziger-Pearce was given the opportunity to develop a curriculum in city and regional planning at the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin.  During his thirty-five year tenure, Leipziger-Pearce initiated the Program in Community and Regional Planning. From 1950-1951, the US State Department appointed him a "Special Consultant" to the US High Commissioner for the former American Zone in Germany. Correspondence, job files, printed material, maps, photographs, and audiovisual items chronicle the urban planning and academic careers of Hugo Leipziger-Pearce. For more information please see the finding aid to the Hugo Leipziger-Pearce collection.