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Hutchings Avenue Commercial Buildings

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1890–1910. 700 and 800 blocks of Hutchings Ave.

The first two blocks of Hutchings west of the courthouse are lined with turn-of-the-twentieth-century masonry commercial buildings. At 701 Hutchings, the two-story tawny brick former Ballinger State Bank and Trust Co. (1905) has an arcade of heavy Romanesque arches built of rock-faced sandstone on its two street fronts. The typical chamfered corner entrance of a period bank is partially hidden behind a wide stone pier. Several courses of bracketed bricks define the second floor, and a full entablature has a balustraded parapet above. The most distinctive building is the three-story Farmers and Merchants State Bank (1909; 1971 renovated, Chakos Zentner Marcum) at number 801, which was organized by cattleman and banker Richard R. Russell. Rising from the corner of the second story is a circular oriel tower topped with a low dome and bracketed by stepped and gabled facades on both street fronts. A corner entrance is emphasized by a fluted Ionic column and Ionic pilasters. Across the street at number 800, the two-story stone building was once the First National Bank (1890, F. E. Ruffini).

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Hutchings Avenue Commercial Buildings", [Ballinger, 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, 313-313.

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