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Staacke Brothers Building

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1894, J. Riely Gordon. 309 E. Commerce St.

Only three years separated the Stevens ( SA17) and Staacke buildings, yet Gordon apparently was more interested in contrast than compatibility, the only similarity being the three-bay vertical ordering of the facades. Here Gordon turned to Renaissance Revival. The first two floors are treated as a triple-arched triumphal arch. On the third floor, he inserted a pair of nonclassical recessed and rounded bays at each end of the facade, and topped the building with a scroll pediment with flanking balustrades.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Staacke Brothers Building", [San Antonio, 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, 150-150.

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