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Law Offices (Charles Hoya Land Office)

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1897, Frank H. Rue. 120 E. Pilar St.

Although surveyor Charles Hoya (1848–1926) chose Diedrich Rulfs to design many of the buildings he commissioned, Houston architect Rue is credited with this one-story orange brick building. Windows have segmental arches, corners are marked with pilasters, and corbeled brick forms a modest cornice. Part of Hoya’s surveying business involved legal paperwork for land documentation and sales, so the building used fireproof construction and has a basement containing the safe.

Across the street at 202 E. Pilar the three-story brick Nacogdoches City Hall was built in 1891 by Diedrich Rulfs as a two-story hotel. Later additions removed all traces of Rulfs’s Italianate scheme.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Law Offices (Charles Hoya Land Office)", [Nacogdoches, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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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, 47-47.

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