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Kerrville in Kerr County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Guthrie Building

 
 
Guthrie Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, December 5, 2020
1. Guthrie Building Marker
Inscription.  

In continuous use since 1887, this building is one of the oldest in Kerr County. It is named for newspaper publisher Robert Guthrie, who was born in Scotland where generations of his family ran the same newspaper. Robert established the Kerrville Eye in May 1884 as the successor to the News that his father John began printing in 1882. John also published papers in Bandera and Boerne.

In May 1887, Robert Guthrie bought this property for a new office for his newspaper and other commercial interests. Contractor W.B. Davies finished the stone building by the fall for the sum of $2,600. The Guthrie Hotel operated on the second floor. In November 1888, Guthrie sold his building and newspaper business to Ed Smallwood, who changed the name of the Kerrville Paper. Smallwood was elected on of Kerrville's first aldermen in 1889, and he ran the Paper until August 1899, when Jesse Grinstead bought the business and changed the name to the Mountain Sun. Grinstead was Kerrville's mayor from 1902 to 1904 and was later elected to the State Legislature. He continued publishing the newspaper at this location until 1907.

Later tenants included
The Guthrie Building and Marker near the front door image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, December 5, 2020
2. The Guthrie Building and Marker near the front door
Kerrville's City Hall on the second floor (1910-1937), and the Wheelus Photographic Company on the first floor (1921-1960). Cleveland and Gertrude Wheelus built a projecting addition with two glass display windows in 1926, but it was removed in the 1980s when the building was restored to its original appearance. The Guthrie Building is a two-story Italianate style commercial structure. Walls are 15-inch thick limestone from a quarry just east of Kerrville. Ashlar stones are laid in irregular courses, and prominent architectural features include belt courses, smooth dressed window lintels and sills, quoins, and a two-story full-length gallery porch with decorative cornice and dentils.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2007
Marker is property of the State of Texas

 
Erected 2007 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14000.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCommunicationsIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 30° 2.782′ N, 99° 8.368′ W. Marker is in Kerrville, Texas, in Kerr County. Marker is at the intersection of Earl Garrett Street and Main Street (State Highway 27), on the right when traveling north on Earl Garrett Street. Touch for map. Marker
The Guthrie Building from across the street at the intersection. image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, December 5, 2020
3. The Guthrie Building from across the street at the intersection.
is at or near this postal address: 241 Earl Garrett Street, Kerrville TX 78028, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kerrville Mountain Sun (here, next to this marker); Old Kerrville Post Office (1936) (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Charles Schreiner (within shouting distance of this marker); Masonic Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Bocock Civil War Cannon (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Schreiner Building (about 300 feet away); James Kerr (about 300 feet away); Kerr County (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kerrville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Robert Guthrie. Farmer and stock raiser, moved to Texas as one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred. (Submitted on December 12, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 

2. Kerrville, Texas. The Handbook of Texas (Submitted on December 12, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 12, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 30 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 13, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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