Quick, cooperative efforts by leading bankers and businessmen along with major oil discoveries in southeast Texas shielded Houston from the worst effects of the Great Depression. Modernistic buildings were constructed throughout the 1930s. Late in the decade, architects Alfred C. Finn and Joseph Finger each received important federally funded commissions through the influence of Houstonian Jesse H. Jones, chairman of the Reconstruction Finance Corp. These commissions resulted in significant modernistic buildings, although most of Finn's largest public projects have been demolished.
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