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.
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