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Gorgas Science Foundation (Los Dos Cañones)

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Los Dos Cañones
c. 1890. 510–514 E. St. Charles St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead)

The rhythm of detached structures is broken by this corner property, which sits next to the sidewalk and formed part of a family residential-commercial complex extending over three lots. Built for Santander-born Manuel Alonso, the two-story portion of the property has a wrought-iron, double-tiered gallery. The brick walls enveloped by the gallery are topped by a cornice with brick pendants, and a shallow central pediment in the manner of La Nueva Libertad (see BS16). Adjoining the store, a one-story brick warehouse encloses the compound to the west, while a detached cottage, where the family ate its meals, provides closure to the south at E. 6th Street. The compound was rehabilitated in the 1990s by the University of Texas at Brownsville for the Gorgas Science Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes conservation through education.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.

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