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Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament Convent

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c. 1880. 700 block of Estrella St.

The convent bears the imprint of Portscheller. Originally surrounded by a five-foot wall enclosure, it is sited perpendicular to the street facing the church to the east. Its long rectangular plan is distinctive for its angled side elevations with pedimented Doric pilasters, while its exterior is profiled by a steeply pitched shingle roof topped by a central hipped-roof cupola, an unusual Victorian period architectural feature for Roma.

Behind the convent, at 708 Estrella, the Old Mission Church is composed of two gable-end, rectangular, sandstone buildings forming an ell. According to local tradition, the smaller of the two, along Lincoln Avenue, served as a chapel prior to 1848 when priests visited Rancho de Buena Vista from Mier.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament Convent", [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, 285-285.

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