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Law Offices (Martin Hinzie Building)

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1878. 111 W. Spring St.

This two-story brick Italianate building is one of the oldest commercial structures in New Town. The facade, with projecting window hoods on the second floor and an elaborate pressed metal cornice with a central curved pediment, shows the immediate impact of the railroad on the local economy with the availability of manufactured goods shipped by rail. Irish immigrant Martin Hinzie arrived in Palestine in 1872 as an assistant engineer with the railroad. His fortune was made by providing wood for the locomotives on the Galveston and Palestine lines.

The Studebaker-Lucas Building (1885; 105–107 W. Spring) was remodeled in 1901 with scroll parapets and a central pediment. Sam Lucas operated a dry goods store, and Studebaker buggies shared the building, with an elevator to second-floor shops.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Law Offices (Martin Hinzie Building)", [Palestine, 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, 70-70.

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