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Miguel Fernández Hide Yard Complex

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1890. 1101–1121 E. Adams St.

The complex belonged to a cousin of Juan Fernández. The L-plan corner building has two virtually identical elevations, with evenly spaced double-door openings divided by full-height brick pilasters supporting a molded brick cornice. The interior, supported by three brick cross walls with segmental arches, provided space for ranchers to acquire goods in exchange for hides and bones that were then processed in the rear patio. The fact that a family will precluded the sale of the property until the death of the last Fernández grandchild, which occurred in 1984, indicates the border's strong association of real estate with preservation of family wealth and heritage.

At 1106 E. Adams Street, Victoriano Fernández, another family member, built his wholesale furniture business and residence in 1877–1880. Its two-story end pavilion is a particularly well-detailed example of a floating brick entablature.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.

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