Dancers rehearse for a cultural festival at La Villita, San Antonio's "little village" for the arts.

Texas Architect O'Neill Ford died on this day in 1982. Ford was born near Sherman in 1905 and worked at firms in Dallas and San Antonio, where he worked on the restoration of La Villita, a campus for Trinity University, and projects for the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas Instruments, and the University of Dallas.

La Villita is an arts village in the heart of San Antonio that dates from 1722, when European settlers began building homes at the site of a former Coahuiltecan village. 

Ford completed only two years of college and a correspondence course on architecture, but broadly influenced modern Texas architecture. He particularly admired the beauty and simplicity of the German vernacular architecture of Central Texas. 

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