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Children's Museum (Bryan Municipal Building)

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Bryan Municipal Building
1929, Giesecke and Harris. 111 E. 27th St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

For this former municipal building, Bertram E. Giesecke moved from the Classical Revival of his father's work at Texas A&M to an early expression of Moderne rendered in glazed terra-cotta. The two-story structure emulates a county courthouse, with slightly projecting center bays on each facade signaling the four entrances of a cross-axial plan. The three large central segmental-arched doors are actually the fire department, public entrances being at the ends. The facades have a vertical emphasis, with stacked paired windows slightly recessed from the wall plane. The resulting pilaster effect creates the impression of a classical colonnade, when in fact the wall is flat. Inset ornamental panels above the windows give the impression of a balustrade to top off the composition. The design effectively conveys a civic monumentality with minimal means.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Children's Museum (Bryan Municipal Building)", [Bryan, 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, 113-113.

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