Brownsville in Cameron County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Juan H. Fernandez Store
Juan H. Fernandez came to America at the age of 14 in 1875 as a ward of his uncle, Jose Fernandez-Toral, a mercantile owner originally from Pendueles, Asturias, Spain. Following in his family’s footsteps, Juan Fernandez opened a store in 1883, constructing a similar structure to his uncle’s store. Juan’s business succeeded, catering to the ranch and farm sector. The complex bears significant features of the classic border brick styling of architecture that was prevalent throughout Mexico in the 19th century. The brick was sourced from a local ranch-fired production, yielded from river clay and baked in kilns called hornillas. In 1921, Fernandez purchased the 6,000-acre Noriega Plantation (Rancho Viejo).
Marker is property of the State of Texas
Erected 2017 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18827.)
Location. 25° 54.133′ N, 97° 29.807′ W. Marker is in Brownsville, Texas, in Cameron County. Marker is at the intersection of East Adams Street and East 12th Street, on the right when traveling south on East Adams Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1220 E Adams St, Brownsville TX 78520, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Juan H. Fernandez y Hermano Building (here, next to this marker); Public Market and Town Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Manautou Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Immaculate Conception Cathedral (within shouting distance of this marker); Father Pierre Yves Keralum (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Immaculate Conception Cathedral (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); La Catedral del la Inmaculada Concepcion (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Immaculate Conception Cathedral (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brownsville.
Also see . . . Historic Fernandez building by Las Ruinas. (This link presents many professional exterior and interior photographs of the Fernandez building.) The historic buildings at Market Square feature decorative cornices, elaborate brick detailing, and upper level balconies. The Juan Fernandez y Hermano building, built in 1883, was designed with spacious living quarters on the second story. (Submitted on May 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Architecture • Hispanic Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 75 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.