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Old Jail Museum and Gonzales Chamber of Commerce (Gonzales County Jail)

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Gonzales County Jail
1887, Eugene T. Heiner. 414 St. Lawrence St.
  • (The Lyda Hill Texas Collection of Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

One of the most monumental county jails built in Texas in the nineteenth century, the former Gonzales County Jail is the largest extant from that century. Houston-based Heiner was a prolific architect, building nineteen jails and seventeen courthouses ( AS2, WD1). Finished in a handsome tawny brick, the three-story structure features segmental-arched windows on the ground floor that are repeated on the top floor of the projecting entrance tower. Within, the cells contain graffiti left by inmates.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Old Jail Museum and Gonzales Chamber of Commerce (Gonzales County Jail)", [Gonzales, 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, 191-191.

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