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1906, attributed to Dwight Book. 140 E. Houston St.

This four-story structure was one of the few commercial buildings of the period that were designed to face the San Antonio River decades before the arrival of the Riverwalk. The round-arched windows framed by pilasters unifying the facades are reminiscent of Richardsonian Romanesque. Dwight Book, the reputed designer, was a civil engineer in the U.S. Army, and nothing is known of his possible training in architecture.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Book 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, 151-151.

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