Cuero in DeWitt County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Knights of Pythias Hall, Jewel Lodge No. 103
Cuero's lodge membership increased steadily, and in 1892 the organization purchased this site from Caroline Olson. Ten years later, lodge members hired noted Central Texas architect James Wahrenberger to design a lodge hall. The Rathbone Sisters, a women's auxiliary group, raised funds to help furnish upstairs meeting rooms. Local architect Jules C. Leffland may have assisted Wahrenberger in the hall's design, which is Richardsonian Romanesque in style. The building's main facades are asymmetrical, featuring a corner tower and arched windows. Elaborate brickwork is seen in the dentils of the
The lodge sold the hall in 1975 and disbanded in 1982, but the group's history remains a significant part of Cuero's past. The hall itself is an important example of early 20th century architecture.
Erected 2003 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15641.)
Location. 29° 5.543′ N, 97° 17.456′ W. Marker is in Cuero, Texas, in DeWitt County. Marker is at the intersection of North Espanade Street (U.S. 87/183) and West Courthouse Street, on the right when traveling south on North Espanade Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 302 North Esplanade Street, Cuero TX 77954, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grace Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Mark's Lutheran Church (about 400 feet away); Proctor-Green House (about 400 feet away); The Edward Mügge House (about 500 feet away); Heaton-Breeden House (about 500 feet away); General August C. Buchel (about 600 feet away); De Witt County Courthouse (about 700 feet away); Old Chisholm Trail Centennial Monument (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cuero.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 23, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 23, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.