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Commercial District

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Late 19th century. 400–600 blocks of Main St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

The commercial district is among the best examples of a railroad community in Texas, laid out as a broad avenue running parallel to the rail line. Several buildings are strong contributors to the Historic District. The four-bay-wide, two-story Jacques Adoue Building (1884) at 506 Main Street has a cast-iron and pressed-metal front that set a high standard for the town. The Masonic Hall (c. 1890) at number 410 is another cast-iron and pressed-metal front commercial building with a chamfered corner entrance that addresses the major cross street.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Commercial District", [Calvert, 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, 115-115.

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