Monthly Archives: July 2014

Historic Herndando Water Tower

While water systems’ materials and designs have changed, the basic gravity-fed concept used by the Romans remains the same. (Nancy Bell, 2013 nomination form for the National Register of Historic Places, retrieved from Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Historic … Continue reading

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Arkansas County Courthouse, DeWitt, Arkansas

…best known example of the Art Deco style in both DeWitt and all of Arkansas County, but also as one of the best extant Art Deco Courthouses in the entire state. (Arkansas County Courthouse, Southern District, Dewitt, Arkansas County, retrieved … Continue reading

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Ruston, Louisiana Art Deco High School

The Ruston High School was described, rightfully so, as “an Art Deco gem” (Leighninger, 2007, p. 78).  The National Register of Historic Places nomination form describes is as “among the very best” Art Deco designs in the 40 Louisiana buildings … Continue reading

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Mount Vernon City Hall and Fire Station

The City Hall/Fire Station project for Mount Vernon, Texas was approved in 1940 with an appropriation of $4,711 in WPA funds.  The two-story, natural stone building was constructed with an estimated total cost of $8,100 (“City Hall project for Mt. … Continue reading

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Hope, Arkansas: 1911 post office

The Hope post office was begun in 1911 and completed in 1912.  Apparently, nothing unusual occurred with the facility until 1964, when the Federal government decided a new facility was needed due to growth of mail volume, and the plans … Continue reading

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Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells

The Baker Hotel opened in November 1929, and was described as “the largest and finest hostelry of the Baker chain” with a reported cost of $1,750,000 (“H. H. Waller Joins Baker Hotel Chain,” The El Paso Herald, 22 November 1929, … Continue reading

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Post Office Building Mineral Wells, Texas

The US post office in Mineral Wells was completed in 1913, as the town began to grow and prosper.  Numerous hotels were developed, including the Baker, which I will profile in a coming post.  The post office was in use … Continue reading

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