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Paul Brown Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse

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1907, James Knox Taylor, Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury. 101 E. Pecan St.

Anchoring the north edge of the largely intact commercial district is a Spanish Colonial Revival building accommodating federal district courts and, until 1962, the city’s main post office. The imposing, five-bay facade is monumental in scale, due to oversized windows spanning two upper floors and an elaborate entrance entablature that extends up to and aligns with false balconies under the second-floor windows. The building is covered by a hipped roof of red clay tiles, with a broad overhang supported by tightly spaced exposed rafters, reinforcing the building’s pervasive Mediterranean character.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Paul Brown Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse", [Sherman, 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, 121-121.

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