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Commercial Building (White Elephant Saloon)

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White Elephant Saloon
c. 1888. 242 E. Main St.

This is one of the great nineteenth-century shop fronts in Texas. The small facade is dominated by the elephant namesake of the original saloon, presented in high stucco relief below heavy stone cornice moldings. Unfortunately, the building has lost an equally elaborate wooden porch seen in historic photos, but what is left would surely delight Robert Venturi and other aficionados of “decorated sheds.”

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Gerald Moorhead et al.
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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Commercial Building (White Elephant Saloon)", [Fredericksburg, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/TX-01-NB41.

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Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 210-210.

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