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Mercedes Civic Center

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1960, Gene P. Hobart. 530 E. 2nd St.

Los Angeles–born Hobart built the civic center in a park at the eastern edge of town. Set on piers, the folded-plate concrete structure, with six-foot-deep exterior beams set between angled plates, floats on the greenery of Mercedes Park. The open area in the ground floor was designed as a recreational space to serve an artificial lake that was never realized.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Mercedes Civic Center", [Mercedes, 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, 300-300.

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