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Palestine Chamber of Commerce (G. E. Dilley Building)

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1882; 1993 rehabilitated. 401 W. Main St.

The narrow two-story facade, with a glass and cast-iron first floor, is a typical commercial arrangement for the time. The red brick walls have contrasting stone arches, window hoods, metal cornices, and a central arched pediment to form an Italianate character. In a 1989 Historic Structures Report, historian Drew F. Davis attributed the design to Nicholas Clayton of Galveston (the city from which the I&GN had just moved its headquarters to Palestine), based on Clayton’s advertising of projects in the city and his design of a Dallas residence for Dilley. George E. Dilley came to Palestine in 1873 with his father George M. Dilley, a railroad construction contractor. They operated foundries in Palestine and San Antonio, supplying rails for the region’s railroads.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Palestine Chamber of Commerce (G. E. Dilley 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, 71-72.

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