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P. A. Smith Hotel

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1876. 111 Railroad St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

The Smith Hotel is the most ambitious commercial building in Navasota and the finest example of the combined use of vernacular limestone rubble with cast-iron detailing. Highlighting the building's seven-bay, rubble-stone facade are squared iron pilasters with foliated capitals on the first floor and a projecting bracketed and dentiled cornice. A native of New York, Philip Aurene Smith taught school in Springfield, Illinois, where he befriended Abraham Lincoln. Declining a cabinet position, he joined the Confederacy and moved to Navasota in 1869.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "P. A. Smith Hotel", [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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