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Texas Hall (Trinity University)

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Trinity University
1871–1892, James E. Flanders. College Ave. at Westminster St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

The four-story Texas Hall is the largest building for miles and is eye-catching in its imposing Second Empire style. The three-part building has a locally quarried, rusticated limestone base and brick walls punctuated by evenly spaced windows, some of which are monumental, double height, and Gothic arched. A metal-shingled mansard roof with pedimented dormers caps this handsome, stately building. Constructed in stages, as evidenced by slight fenestration changes on subsequent additions, the building served as the home of Trinity University until it was sold in 1902 to Westminster College, a Methodist college that changed later to Westminster Junior College and Bible Institute. In private hands since 1976, this building and site are ghostly reminders of this once thriving community.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Texas Hall (Trinity University)", [Mexia, 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, 134-134.

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