Date: June 1991
Creator: Hardy, Heck, Moore
Description: Photograph of 311 W. Main taken from the road. Photo was taken for the Historic Resources Survey of Palestine, Texas 1989-1991. Although stucco covers its original exterior walls, this 2-story structure is one of the least altered historic commercial buildings in downtown Palestine. The property resembles its neighbor to the west (313-15 E. Main); however, ground floor alterations are less severe. This commercial building was erected in 1891, according to Sanborn maps. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it housed a variety of businesses, including a grocery and the Elite Dry Cleaning Company. In the 1930s it was known as the “Wilson Building”; in the 1940s, the “Martin Building”.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library