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Tower, Our Lady of Refuge Church

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c. 1884, Father Pierre Yves Kéralum. 608 Estrella St.

The church denotes the introduction of the Gothic Revival style to the border. It was built by Father Kéralum of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a newly arrived French order of priests that came to dominate the parishes and chapels of the communities and ranches of the north bank of the lower Rio Grande. The narrow nave, demolished and uninspiringly replaced in the 1960s, was built of sandstone, while its tower—still the preeminent visual feature in the plaza—was constructed in brick (c. 1884), the material that came to dominate the built environment of the region.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Tower, Our Lady of Refuge Church", [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, 282-283.

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