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San Angelo in Tom Green County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Schwartz & Raas and San Angelo National Bank Building

 
 
Schwartz & Raas Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, August 14, 2010
1. Schwartz & Raas Building Marker
Inscription. These three Victorian commercial structures were built during the local economic boom of the 1880s. Among the earliest permanent buildings in San Angelo, they represent the early development of the city as the leading commercial center of the area. In 1884 the San Angelo National Bank purchased an existing building in the middle of the block. A new facade was added, under the supervision of contractor J. C. Lillis, which features sandstone from two local quarries and an ornate cornice and pediment. After the bank moved to a new site in 1902, the building housed a variety of businesses.

In 1885 Louis Schwartz and Joseph Raas, owners of a grocery in this block, built a commercial structure adjacent to the bank building. Designed by the noted San Angelo architect Oscar Ruffini, it features a facade of stone, cast iron, and sheet iron. The building was first rented to the firm of Johnson & Taylor, Fancy Grocers, competitors of Schwartz & Raas.

The third structure here, built in 1886, replaced the earlier Schwartz and Raas grocery and dry goods store. In 1888 the business was expanded to include their adjacent building. Later the site of the Roxy Theatre, the 1886 structure was damaged by fire in 1973. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1981
 
Erected 1981 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker

Additional Markers on Schwartz & Raas Building image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, August 14, 2010
2. Additional Markers on Schwartz & Raas Building
Number 4611.)
 
Location. 31° 27.618′ N, 100° 26.072′ W. Marker is in San Angelo, Texas, in Tom Green County. Marker is on E Concho Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Between S. Chadbourne & S. Oakes Streets. Marker is in this post office area: San Angelo TX 76903, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blacksmith (within shouting distance of this marker); Goodfellow Air Force Base (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); San Angelo Army Air Field (about 400 feet away); Fort Concho (about 400 feet away); South Chadbourne 200 Block Early 1900's (about 400 feet away); O.C. Fisher Federal Building and United States Courthouse (about 500 feet away); 1 East Twohig Avenue (about 500 feet away); San Angelo National Bank Building (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Angelo.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Schwartz & Raas Building image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, August 14, 2010
3. Schwartz & Raas Building
Schwartz & Raas and San Angelo National Bank Building Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 9, 2014
4. Schwartz & Raas and San Angelo National Bank Building Markers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 661 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.   4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on September 16, 2016.
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