You are here

José Camilo Sáenz Salinas Complex

-A A +A
c. 1884; 2006 rehabilitation, Kell Muñoz Architects. 204 Convent Ave.

The residential part of this complex bears the imprint of master mason Heinrich Portscheller, with its brick cornice, raised pilasters, and entablature accentuated by the dual-color paint scheme. The simpler, store portion of the complex joins the residence into an L-shaped configuration that forms a typical courtyard property. Rehabilitated as a branch of the World Birding Center ( SM38), the plastered interior walls of the store exhibit exceptional remnants of hand-stenciled, polychrome decorative patterns conserved during restoration.

Together with this complex, two other buildings define the eastern edge of the plaza. To the north, the two-story Apolonio Palacios House (c. 1856), at 206 Convent Avenue, was rehabilitated in 1997 to its original exterior colors: plastered peach walls with a blue cornice. To the south, next to the river cliffs, the José María García Sáenz House (c. 1852, rehabilitated 2009), at 102 Convent Avenue, was built by the grandson of the original owner of the Rancho de Buena Vista. Its exterior plasterwork reflects the patterning techniques of northern Mexico with smooth bands delineating the openings, while the heavy textured panels in between are highlighted in a contrasting color.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


What's Nearby


Gerald Moorhead et al., "José Camilo Sáenz Salinas Complex", [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, 283-283.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.