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Cameron County Irrigation District No. 2 Building

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1910, Endress and Walsh. 216 S. Sam Houston Blvd.

The large Mission Revival structure served as headquarters until 2004 for the entity that still manages 128 miles of canals to water adjacent farms. The two-story, square-plan, rough-textured stucco building made a significant visual impact at its time, especially when coupled with the substantial but altered San Benito Bank and Trust Company Building (1911), at 198 S. Sam Houston Boulevard, built in the same style and serving as the other pillar of the new town's economy.

Also fueling the local economy, the block-long Spanish Mediterranean, minimally detailed Stonewall Jackson Hotel (1927), at 216 E. Stenger Avenue, by Harvey P. Smith, lodged prospective land buyers from the Midwest.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Cameron County Irrigation District No. 2 Building", [San Benito, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 303-303.

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