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Illinois and Great Northern (I&GN) Railroad Hospital and Nurses’ Quarters

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1920, 1925, Alfred C. Finn. 919 S. Magnolia St.

The I&GN Railway Employees’ Hospital Association built frame buildings at this site in 1884, later replaced by this red brick Georgian-styled facility. A raised basement topped by a double stringcourse forms the base, with two floors above and another stringcourse to define the parapet. The horizontal emphasis is countered by a slightly projecting central bay with an elegant small portico with an arched pediment. The hospital is the sole remnant of the railroad compound that included office buildings, a large roundhouse, several generations of depots, and work and storage shops. This once-expansive railroad headquarters drove the Palestine economy for many decades.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Illinois and Great Northern (I&GN) Railroad Hospital and Nurses’ Quarters", [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, 73-73.

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