Brownsville in Cameron County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Spanish-born Manuel Alonso (1846-1922) constructed the one-story residence on this site in 1877 and added the two-story mercantile building by 1890. His "Los Dos Cañones" mercantile was a popular gathering place for local residents. French and Spanish influences are evident in the cast iron porch elements (probably from New Orleans), French windows and corbelled brickwork. The complex was again used as a fine goods mercantile from 1925-1944. The Alonso family retained ownership of the complex until 1944.
Erected 1998 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11776.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Hispanic Americans • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 25° 54.238′ N, 97° 30.244′ W. Marker is in Brownsville, Texas, in Cameron County. Marker is at the intersection of East St Charles Street and East 6th Street, on the right when traveling south on Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 510 E St Charles St, Brownsville TX 78520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alonso Building (a few steps from this marker); Russell/Cocke House (within shouting distance of this marker); Rock/Gomez House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rock-Gomez Residence (about 400 feet away); Sacred Heart Catholic Church (about 600 feet away); Sacred Heart Church (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Sacred Heart Church (about 600 feet away); U.S. Federal Building (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brownsville.
Also see . . . Brownsville Historical Association: the Alonso Building. The architecture of the Alonso Building is a prime example of the Creole influences that can be found throughout downtown Brownsville. From the tall ceilings to the lush courtyard, today the Alonso Building creates a breath-taking backdrop for exhibits, receptions and parties. The Historic Alonso Building is open to the public for party rentals. (Submitted on June 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 4, 5. submitted on June 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.