Rio Grande City in Starr County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Silverio de la Peña Building
August Furstein was born in Germany in 1828 and emigrated to Mexico. He changed his name to Agustin de la Peña. In 1855, he married Maria Macaria Chavero and moved to Rio Grande City to start a family. They had three children: Agustin Pascual, Jose Silverio, and Emilia.
His son, Jose Silverio de la Peña, commissioned Heinrich Porscheller to design and construct this building as a drug store and home in 1886 - remnants of an old hand-painted advertising sign are located on the east outside wall. A customs office was on the northeast corner. For many later years, from 1890 until 1957, it served as the Post Office.
The Silverio de la Peña Building is perhaps the most significant architectural landmark in Rio Grande City. An example of the work of master brick mason, Heinrich Portscheller, this majestic building displays superbly crafted and detailed architectural embellishments. The building is a two-story rectangular plan store and home constructed of brick with a brick parapet, cornice and frieze above a nearly flat roof. It has a full width cast iron balcony on the primary façade and once had a round arched arcade on the
Caption: Silverio de la Peña Building. Texas Historical Commission. January 1, 1980
Erected by Rio Grande City Main Street.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Communications • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
Location. 26° 22.681′ N, 98° 49.013′ W. Marker is in Rio Grande City, Texas, in Starr County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 83) and North Lopez Street, on the left when traveling east on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 419 E Main St, Rio Grande City TX 78582, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Cortina Battle (approx. ¼ mile away); Rio Grande City, C.S.A (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Rio Grande City (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Old Rancho Davis (approx. ¼ mile away); Starr County (approx. ¼ mile away); Gregorio BarreraImmaculate Conception School (approx. 0.3 miles away); José de Escandón (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rio Grande City.
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