You are here

Mildred Building and Arcade Building

-A A +A
1930, The Austin Company. 1415 and 1425–1495 Calder Ave.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

M. Frank Yount was a Beaumont oil driller who, with Marrs McLean, reopened the Spindletop oil field in 1925 with deep flank drilling, initiating the Golden Triangle's second great oil boom. Yount built the Mildred, a three-story, eighteen-unit apartment named for his daughter. The Arcade Building is a ten-unit retail building with an enclosed parking garage to the rear. With the Kyle Building downtown, the Mildred-Arcade complex is one of Beaumont's architectural highlights. The Mildred is stepped in plan to ensure multiple exposures for all apartments. The tile-roofed building is faced with cast stone with a glazed, gold-veined terra-cotta finish. The Arcade Building is faced on its Calder Avenue and Martin Luther King Parkway elevations with tall, vaulted pedestrian arcades. The Arcade is long and its interior spaces are two stories high, giving the building an elevated profile; Beaumont historian Howard Perkins believes it was designed to be the base of a taller building.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


What's Nearby


Gerald Moorhead et al., "Mildred Building and Arcade Building", [Beaumont, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.