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Commercial Building (Ben Shelton's Dry Goods and Groceries)

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Ben Shelton's Dry Goods and Groceries
1907. 710 Commerce St.

Although the former Ben Shelton's Dry Goods and Groceries retains all its decorative brick detail, the loss of its paneled wood, plate glass, and canopy-covered storefront has diminished the building's architectural impact. The tripartite division of the facade suggests the possibility of Leffland's authorship, although it departs from his familiar three-part storefronts. The Refugio Theater (1931) by Malcolm G. Simons of San Antonio at 706 Commerce Street has suffered loss of its original sidewalk-level front, canopy, and sign. A second-story window, framed by cast-stone Spanish Baroque detail and a pair of cast-stone quatrefoils are the surviving remnants of Simons's design.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Commercial Building (Ben Shelton's Dry Goods and Groceries)", [Refugio, 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, 491-491.

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