Date: June 1991
Creator: Hardy, Heck, Moore
Description: Photograph of 101 E. Spring taken from the road. Photo was taken for the Historic Resources Survey of Palestine, Texas 1989-1991. Photo taken from the southeast corner of the building looking toward the northwest. This 3-story commercial building is in poor condition, although efforts are currently underway to restore the property to its historic appearance. The original parapet and windows have been removed; nonetheless, the building displays outstanding craftsmanship and remains a prominent historic architectural landmark in Palestine’s central business district. Stylistic detailing is suggestive of the Romanesque Revival style, a popular choice for commercial buildings in Palestine during the late 19th century. According to a local historian, this commercial building was built jointly by three civic leaders and businessmen who were among Palestine’s most prominent citizens during the early 20th century: Congressman Alexander W. Gregg, Dr. Edwin W. Link, and Judge John Link. Sanborn maps indicate that the upper floors of the building housed professional offices during the building’s earliest years, while the first floor housed a variety of businesses, including a saddlery, a tin shop, a grocery, and a restaurant.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library