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Landmark Inn (Vance Hotel)

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Vance Hotel
c. 1854, John Vance. 402 Florence St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

This compound is significant because of its long period of diverse use both as a residence and an industrial site. It is the work of two early residents, Caesar Monad and John Vance. Monad built a small house here around 1850, which was swallowed up in the expansion of the property into a hotel by John Vance beginning in 1854. The large two-story block turns its back to the street, with the main south facade and its deep gallery set to face the Medina River. A stone mill building on the river's edge of the site constructed in the 1850s was later converted by the town into a hydroelectric generating plant to provide electricity to Castroville. The property is once again a place to stay in Castroville, administered by the Texas Historical Commission.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Landmark Inn (Vance Hotel)", [Castroville, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 220-221.

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