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Old Western Union Building

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c. 1895. 107 S. Covington St.

Although small in size, the bold facade of the two-story red brick building is the only Romanesque Revival design in Hillsboro. A dramatic entrance arch, nearly the width of the facade, is formed of wide brick voussoirs edged with rock-faced stone. Three central second-floor windows are grouped with a rock-faced stone still and lintel that extend to the edges of the facade, and a central gable-as-pediment is buttressed by crenellated corner piers. The Western Union office, operating here from 1918 to 1956, was the hub of cotton-trading activity for the region.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Old Western Union Building", [Hillsboro, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 265-266.

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