“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Scarbrough Building

Scarbrough Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, September 30, 2007
1. Scarbrough Building Marker
Inscription. Alabama native Emerson Monroe Scarbrough (1846-1925) came to Texas following service in the Civil War and settled in Milam County, where he was a successful merchant. He opened a branch of his business, Scarbrough and Hicks, on Congress Avenue in 1893, moving one block north in 1894. In 1910, on this adjacent, prominent corner, he completed Austin’s first skyscraper. His new building was designed in the Chicago style by Fort Worth architects Sanguinet and Staats. It was enlarged and redesigned with Art Deco elements in 1930-31 by Wyatt C. Hedrick, Inc. and Edwin Kreisle. An early leader in modern merchandising, Scarbrough’s closed this downtown location in 1983.
Erected 2001 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12733.)
Location. 30° 16.075′ N, 97° 44.57′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Touch for map. Marker is on Congress Ave side of the building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 E 6th St, Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Littlefield Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of John Bremond & Company (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sixth Street
Scarbrough Building image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, September 30, 2007
2. Scarbrough Building
(about 400 feet away); Stephen F. Austin Hotel (about 400 feet away); O. Henry Hall (about 400 feet away); Hotel Provident and Heierman Building (about 400 feet away); Driskill Hotel (about 500 feet away); Norwood Tower (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
Categories. Notable Buildings
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 21, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 628 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 21, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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