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Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce (Blackstone Building)

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1938, Preston M. Geren; 1998 rehabilitated, Sinclair and Wright Architects. 315 N. Broadway Ave.

This five-story buff brick and limestone Moderne building, anchored by a six-story corner tower, is a simplified version of the People’s National Bank (TK2). The tower was intended to be the central feature, with wings to each side, but only the north wing was built. A tall, smooth, limestone ground floor is a plinth for the four floors above. Windows and fluted spandrels are stacked and recessed behind the brick piers for a strong vertical effect. The air-conditioned building housed the Union Bus Station and offices for oil and professional businesses stimulated by the East Texas oil boom.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce (Blackstone Building)", [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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