Capital Campaign

Capital Campaign to Restore the Historic
Byrne-Reed House

Humanities Texas has completed its capital campaign for the purchase and restoration of the Byrne-Reed House. The successful endeavor has not only achieved the fundraising goal, it has also received extensive publicity and architectural acclaim. The building has been featured in several national magazines, including a cover story in Old House Journal, and has won eleven architectural awards.

In December 2007, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a $1 million challenge grant—NEH's largest single award in Texas—for the Byrne-Reed House purchase and restoration. The NEH grant required Humanities Texas to raise $3 million in matching funds. 

Throughout the campaign Humanities Texas received several significant grants for the Byrne-Reed House restoration. The capital campaign also had full support and participation from the Humanities Texas Board of Directors. Both current and former Board members donated generously.

We are immensely grateful to these organizations and individuals who pledged support for this project. The funds raised underwrote each step of the restoration, from architectural research to the interior and exterior renovation. 

$1 Million Challenge Grant

National Endowment for the Humanities


$300,000 and above

Julius and Suzan Glickman
Jeanne and Michael Klein
Lebermann Foundation
Still Water Foundation


$100,000 to $299,999

Amon Carter Foundation | Brown Foundation, Inc. | Fleming Endowment
Nancy Cain Marcus | Scurlock Foundation | Summerlee Foundation
T. L. L. Temple Foundation


$25,000 to $99,999

Harlan R. Crow - Crow Holdings, LLC | Dian Graves Owen Foundation | H-E-B
Hillcrest Foundation, founded by Mrs. W. W. Caruth, Sr. | Houston Endowment, Inc.
The Eugene McDermott Foundation | Mincberg Charitable Foundation | Bettye Nowlin
Perkins-Prothro Foundation | Texas Preservation Trust Fund Grant,
Texas Historical Commission |  The Tobin Endowment


$10,000 to $24,999

T. J. Brown and C. A. Lupton Foundation, Inc. | Frost National Bank
Rita Reed George | Michael L. and LeAnn Gillette
Hoblitzelle Foundation | The Inge Foundation | Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin
Kruckemeyer Family | Janie and Cappy McGarr
Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation | William A. and Madeline Welder Smith Foundation
Ellen and Buddy Temple | John Thornton | Frances B. Vick | Vick Family Foundation


$5,000 to $9,999

Eleanor Butt Crook | Maceo and Sondra Dailey | Elinor and Ben Donnell
Virginia and John Dudley | Laura Reed Dyke | Ruth Reed Dyke Family
Mary Margaret and Ray Farabee | Laura and Tom Green
Gregorios Charitable Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation
Joy Ann, Bob, Barrett, and Blake Havran | The Hoglund Foundation | Jastrow Foundation
Dorothea Leonhardt Fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas
Nicholas and Louella Martin Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of North Texas
Noëlle and Peyton Paulette | Karen and Thomas Byrne Reynolds | Judy and Henry Sauer
Max and Gene Alice Sherman | Mary Volcansek and Harry Antrim | Bill and Alice Wright

Humanities Texas has established an endowment to support the organization and the Byrne-Reed House. Every dollar will be an investment in nurturing an informed, educated citizenry and promoting the understanding and appreciation of the state’s varied cultures. 

Donations can be made online via PayPal.


Call 512.440.1991 or email

The northeast corner of the Byrne-Reed House during the stucco-removal phase of restoration, October 2009.
The southeast corner of the restored Byrne-Reed House. Photograph by Casey Dunn.
The grand staircase in the gallery of the restored Byrne-Reed House.
From left to right: Michael L. Klein, Humanities Texas vice chair; Michael L. Gillette, Humanities Texas executive director; Julius Glickman, Humanities Texas past chair; Carole Watson, National Endowment for the Humanities deputy chairman; the Honorable Jim Leach, National Endowment for the Humanities chair; Mary L. Volcansek, Humanities Texas chair; and Joseph R. Krier, Humanities Texas past chair
From left to right: John Patrick of Journeyman Construction, Inc.; Michael L. Gillette, Humanities Texas executive director; Michael L. Klein, Humanities Texas vice chair; Joseph R. Krier, Humanities Texas past chair; Nancy Cain Marcus, Humanities Texas board member; and Bill McCann of HS&A