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Pablo Ramírez House

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1884, Heinrich Portscheller. 901 Estrella St.

The prosperous Ramírez instructed Portscheller to build a new, elegant house for his family. Similar to other classical brick designs of the master mason, this one stands out for its angled corner entrance topped by a pediment with the inscription “1884,” its intact second-floor wraparound balcony, and its rear, two-story arched gallery overlooking a walled courtyard.

Across the street, the c. 1870 compound at 807 Estrella served as the store and first residence of Pablo Ramírez. In traditional sandstone with a long, rectangular plan, the rear of the complex is defined by a wall and gateway along Zaragoza Street that encloses a courtyard with kitchen and stables. Decorative plaster remnants with floral motifs adorn the interior walls.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Pablo Ramírez House", [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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