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Robinson Bank Building

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1890. 213 W. Main St.

Red brick used for pilasters, corbeled crenellations, and the broad central arch contrast with the buffwalls, giving a Romanesque flavor and monumental aspect to the one-story facade. James I. Bonner and William B. Robinson organized their banking enterprise c. 1880 on the advice of the Moody family of Galveston, responding to the needs of new business being attracted by the railroad. After Bonner’s death c. 1900, Robinson family members G. S. Robinson, Z. Lee Robinson, and Margaret Robinson Boulware joined the business, changing the name to Robinson Brothers, Bankers.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Robinson Bank Building", [Palestine, 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, 70-71.

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