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José Nestor Sáenz Store

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1884, Heinrich Portscheller. 507 Portscheller St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

This notable building designed for the Sáenz family is one of the finest of Portscheller's creations. The L-plan one-story brick store is composed of multiple bays with door openings denoting its commercial function. The brickwork is intricate, extending from its Doric pilasters with molded brick bases to its architraves, and to a projecting cornice with minute dentils where, just below, the name “Nestor Sáenz” is embossed in brick. The site slopes to the river at its rear and the brick banqueta along the Juárez Street elevation steps down to the historic wharf area where steamboats once unloaded goods destined for Mexico.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "José Nestor Sáenz Store", [Roma, 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, 284-284.

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