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City Hall and Fire Station

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1917, Curtis, Broad and Lightfoot; 2005 renovated, Denney Architects. 135 1st St. SE

Marking the southern boundary of the downtown commercial district, the classical building is composed of two office blocks bracketing the recessed, five-bay facade of the fire station. The City Hall wing of two-stories over a raised basement in buff brick features wide brick corner pilasters and terra-cotta pilasters. Window spandrels have panels with low-relief ornamentation of swags and urns. Dallas-born Corneil G. Curtis (1890–1963) moved to Paris in 1912 to oversee a project for Lang and Witchell. He soon established his own practice in Paris, but as work declined in Paris, he moved first to Houston in 1926, then to Austin in 1934, working on Public Works Administration–funded schools. In the early 1950s he became architect-in-charge at the Texas Highway Department.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "City Hall and Fire Station", [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, 133-133.

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