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W. M. Atkinson House (Old Gonzales College)

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Old Gonzales College
1851. 820 St. Louis St.

This rather monumental building, with its giant order of rough-cut stone Doric columns across the facade, is notable for its physical scale. Founded in 1851, Gonzales College was the first institution of higher education in Texas to offer four-year degrees to women, making it of special importance to the history of education in the state. After the college closed in the 1880s, it was converted into a residence by attorney W. M. Atkinson.

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Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "W. M. Atkinson House (Old Gonzales College)", [Gonzales, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 192-192.

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