Following its 1948 decommission, a group of Texans established the Battleship Texas Commission and presented the battleship to the State of Texas as a historic monument.
Occasional updates on the current $35M renovation can be found here.
SEARCH led the initiative to document USS Texas (BB-35), completing large format photography and LiDAR scanning of the hull.
Constructed between 1911 and 1914 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, USS Texas served in both World War I and World War II and was one of the last two US warships built with reciprocating steam engines. The battleship is currently dry docked in Galveston, Texas undergoing repair and restoration.
The National Park Service commissioned SEARCH to prepare and document the USS Texas National Historic Landmark to Level I Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) standards.
“Only at SEARCH would an architectural historian have the opportunity to document an iconic battleship. Nevertheless, it has been a pleasure preserving such an important piece of US military history, preserving an incredible cultural resource for generations to come.”
Travis Fulk, Architectural History Sector Leader, SEARCH, Inc.