Restoration of Cultural Monuments in Oaxaca, Mexico: School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin

Artstor and The University of Texas at Austin are collaborating to release more than 900 images in the Digital Library documenting two significant renovation projects of Mexican architectural landmarks: the restoration of Teposcolula's Open Chapel's vault, and the restoration of the Templo y Exconvento de Santo Domingo de Guzmán in Oaxaca.

The Teposcolula Open Chapel is considered one of the best examples of an 'open chapel' — a characteristic structure of Mexican Christian architecture. The nearby Santo Domingo church, founded by Dominican friars in the 1570s, is an impressive baroque church and adjoining convent. The expansive site, built up over 200 years, features a series of cloisters and courtyards, and a large sanctuary. Retablo paintings by Spanish master Andrés de la Concha are still visible inside the church.

Images in this collection were contributed to the School of Architecture's Visual Resources Collection by José María Bilbao Rodríguez, David Alejandro García Echeverria, Benjamin Ibarra Sevilla and José Enrique Lastra De Wit.

The University of Texas at Austin's School of Architecture offers degree programs in architectural history, architecture, community and regional planning, historic preservation, interior design, landscape architecture, sustainable design, and urban design. The school's Visual Resources Collection Visual Resources Collection is comprised of a growing collection of more than 140,000 digital images and over 250,000 slides that support the teaching and learning needs of the department's faculty members and students.