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J. C. Penney Department Store (M & J Nelson Building)

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M & J Nelson Building
1949. 300–308 S. Main St.

The building stands as a modernistic counterpoint to the traditional post office across the street. The red and buff brick two-story composition is distinctive for its round corner with display windows, and its continuous first-floor overhang that turns vertical and upward to function as the store's sign. The continued presence of Penney's on Main Street suggests the economic vibrancy of downtown McAllen generated by the presence of shoppers from Mexico.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "J. C. Penney Department Store (M & J Nelson Building)", [McAllen, 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, 294-294.

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