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Texas in Review - Old General Land Office Building (1958)

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  •  Old General Land Office Building 
  •  O Henry 
  •  A.W. Harris, Minor and Major Mansions of Austin 
  •  1857 Land Office Building 
  •  Tour of building 
  •  Spanish Land Grants Room 
  •  Grand Staircase description 
  •  2nd floor drafting room where O Henry worked 
  •  Desk where O Henry worked 
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This clip, originally aired as part of the February 10, 1958 episode of "Texas in Review," features the Old General Land Grant Building in Austin. Local architect A.W. Harris gives a tour of building's structural and historical highlights that includes the Spanish Land Grant Room and multiple staircases. Of particular interest is the drafting room, where author O. Henry worked; his story "Georgia's Ruling," which takes place in the Land Office, is referenced throughout the film.

"Texas in Review" was a television series sponsored by the Humble Oil & Refining Company.  Originally produced in a news-like format by Fort Worth's Channel 5, the series was later given to the Jamieson Film Company, who developed its newsreel and TV-magazine style. For five years, Jamieson produced the program in its entirety (writing, filming, editing), until recession-induced budget cuts caused Humble Oil to cancel it in 1958. While on air in Dallas, it enjoyed the prime time spot between the popular "Burns & Allen" and "I Love Lucy."