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Weslaco City Hall and Fire Station

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1928, R. Newell Waters. 500 S. Kansas Ave.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

This is one of Waters's best-known buildings. The white stucco structure with low-pitched, red tile roof is noted for its continuous ribbon of heavy, ornate cast-stone detailing at its frieze line, its domed tower, and its rounded entrance parapet reminiscent of Spanish Plateresque.

Decades later, Waters's Grace Episcopal Church (1951), at 701 S. Missouri Avenue, illustrates his transition to streamlined regionalism. It is evidenced in the church's crisply chiseled, low-gabled nave sheathed in rose-colored brick with slightly slanted buttresses at the sides.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Weslaco City Hall and Fire Station", [Weslaco, 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, 299-299.

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