[201 W. Crawford]

One of 667 photographs in the series: Historic Resources Survey of Palestine, Texas: An Inventory for The City of Palestine available on this site.

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Photograph of the front and side of the "Denby Building," located at 201 W. Crawford in downtown Palestine, Texas. It is a three-story red-brick building, classified as a "Two-Part Commercial Block," that has grouped pivoting windows on the upper floors, and side-facing brickwork in the parapet.

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1 photograph : positive, col. ; 35 mm.

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Hardy, Heck, Moore June 1991.

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This photograph is part of the collection entitled: Rescuing Texas History, 2006 and was provided by Palestine Public Library to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 161 times . More information about this photograph can be viewed below.

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Photograph of the front and side of the "Denby Building," located at 201 W. Crawford in downtown Palestine, Texas. It is a three-story red-brick building, classified as a "Two-Part Commercial Block," that has grouped pivoting windows on the upper floors, and side-facing brickwork in the parapet.

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1 photograph : positive, col. ; 35 mm.

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Prominent Palestine architect Theodore S. Maffitt designed the Denby Building, which was constructed about 1935. The building presents a horizontal character that is achieved by the grouping of pivoting windows on the second and third floors and by the use of side-facing brickwork in the parapet. It is classified as a Two-Part Commercial Block, the most common type of commercial property in downtown Palestine, and is one of the city’s best examples dating back to the 1930s.

The building’s longest association was with the Denby Furniture Store, which began occupying the space at the time of construction and remained through the 1950s. During the 1950s, the façade was covered over with aluminum, but this was removed and the façade has been restored to its original appearance.

Although it lacks the exuberant ornamentation seen on most of the city’s late 19th and early 20th century commercial properties, the Denby Building reflects a popular trend in commercial architecture of the 1930’s that emphasized simplicity in design and appearance.

It was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1998 - Building #98000694.

Taken from: Historic Resources Survey of Palestine, Texas: An Inventory for The City of Palestine, Volume IV, Color Slides, June 1991

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Rescuing Texas History, 2006

Rescuing Texas History is a project that aims to digitize at-risk photographs, maps, artwork, and more. Funding was provided by the Summerlee Foundation of Dallas.

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  • June 1991

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  • March 8, 2006, 12:56 p.m.

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Hardy, Heck, Moore. [201 W. Crawford], photograph, June 1991; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth10370/: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.