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Law Office (Smith County Jail, Lewis Hotel)

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1881, Eugene T. Heiner. 309 E. Erwin St.

Heiner (1852–1901), the Houston architect responsible for designing many of the state’s most notable courthouses and jails, gave this two-story brick building a simplified Italianate expression, with stone quoins and stringcourses and a heavily bracketed cornice. The T-plan jail was expanded in 1916 and subsequently adapted for use as a hotel. It is currently utilized as a law office.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Law Office (Smith County Jail, Lewis Hotel)", [Tyler, 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, 63-63.

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