Administration Building, Longhorn Cavern State Park, c. 1937

With a fantastic confluence of Spanish, Moorish, and vernacular influences, architects Samuel C. P. Vosper and George Walling create a masterpiece complete with an exterior staircase and tower. With limestone block set in a random ashlar pattern, interspersed with bands of sandstone, the architects create their own geological strata. The interior of the building was adorned with quartz from the cavern below. Even though the building made good use of local materials, it appeared exotic to some. NPS architect Albert H. Good remarked: "An extraordinary creation for a park setting, doubtless transported here by the Magic Carpet."

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