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Temple Commercial District

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Early to mid-20th century. Bounded by French Ave., 3rd and 6th sts., and Ave. D
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

The linear commercial district stretches across several city blocks. It incorporates some of the city's best early-twentieth-century architecture, though some of the buildings are heavily modified. The Temple City Hall (1928, Milton W. Scott) at 2 N. Main Street and the ten-story First National Bank Building (1953, Wyatt C. Hedrick) at 83 S. Main Street are two of the finest buildings representing different phases of architectural development. At S. 4th Street and E. Central Avenue, the Doering Hotel (1928, Anton Korn), also known as the Hawn Hotel, is a nine-story, three-part scheme with a limestone base, buff brick body, and an arcaded top story above a corbeled cornice of small Lombard arches. At 116 E. Central Avenue, the Arcadia Theater (1928, W. B Palmer) was built for live performances and silent movies by the architect of the Dent Theater chain. The Santa Fe Depot (1911, Jarvis Hunt) at 315 W. Avenue B has only a shadow of the Mission Revival style favored for other Texas depots of the time. The low hipped roof and horizontal emphasis also hint at a Prairie School influence.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Temple Commercial District", [Temple, 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, 117-117.

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