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R. F. Scott Building

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1917, J. L. Wees. 1 Lamar Ave.

Marking the northeast corner of the square, the R. F. Scott Building is one of the earliest Gothic Revival commercial structures in the state. It was designed by German-born Wees (1861–1942), who moved to Paris from St. Louis to participate in the post-fire building boom. An angled corner tower rises from a Tudor-arched entrance through two levels of attenuated piers, horseshoe arches, solid balustrades, and a cornice lined with gargoyles to a crenellated parapet. Six bays marching along each street front have two tall stories of triple windows under segmental arches. Wees demonstrated his virtuosity in a splendid adaptation of Gothic Revival to a horizontal building type in tawny brick and buff terra-cotta.

Tucked behind the east side of the Scott Building at 21 Lamar, the Grand Theater was built as a vaudeville venue shortly after the 1916 fire and was reconstructed as a movie palace in 1937 by Jake Elder, architect for the Interstate Theater chain. The building’s narrow stuccoed facade has colored tile bands, with a neon marquee and vertical sign that dramatically cantilever over the sidewalk. The facade was restored in 2014 by Denny Architects.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "R. F. Scott Building", [Paris, 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, 131-132.

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