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Navasota Commercial District

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1860–mid-20th century. Bounded by La Salle, Holland, 9th, and Brule sts.

The earliest buildings in the commercial district date to 1860, though most are from the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. The Giesel House (1860) at 113 Railroad Street is a three-story building that housed a hotel and restaurant associated with the Houston and Texas Central Railway, once located across the street. The Old First National Bank Building (c. 1875) at 107 W. Washington Street is a distinctive design with Renaissance Revival influences expressed in its three-story wooden facade. Alternating segmental and gable window pediments are reminiscent of the Farnese Palace in Rome. Also noteworthy is the Louis J. Wilson Building (1871) at 102 W. Washington Street, a two-story, four-bay brick building with corbeled details in contrasting colors; the building's interior is largely intact.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Navasota Commercial District", [Navasota, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 109-109.

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