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Los Sáenz

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c. 1765 founded. U.S. 83, 1 mile east of Roma

Located on the Rio Grande, Los Saenz is contemporaneous with Roma. As a ranch that serves the south bank community of Mier, Los Saenz best represents the regional vernacular architecture for its collection of one-and two-room, high-parapet, side-gabled cottages executed in either brick or sandstone. A number of these can be found throughout this tiny community, especially along 7th Street near the river, with their still-intact banquetas and well-sculpted cooking chimneys. Of note is a jacal at the corner of 4th and Ebanos streets, one of the few examples of this building type still standing in South Texas.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Los Sáenz", [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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