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

“Old Red”

(Ashbel Smith Building)

 
 
"Old Red" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, August 16, 2015
1. "Old Red" Marker
Inscription. First, and originally the only, building of University of Texas Medical Branch. Master architect Nicholas J. Clayton designed the massive Romanesque structure. It was dedicated October 5, 1891.

Although rooms were almost devoid of equipment, the school boasted a young, vigorous staff. Enrollment in 1891 was 23.

The building was named in 1949 for Ashbel Smith (1805-86), pioneer surgeon, diplomat, and "Father of the University of Texas".
 
Erected 1969 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 7539.)
 
Location. 29° 18.684′ N, 94° 46.745′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker can be reached from The Strand Street east of 11th Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is at the big red/orange building, on the left of the big stairs. If you look carefully you can see it just to the left of the narrow arched opening. Marker is in this post office area: Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Galveston Medical College (a few steps from this marker); St. Mary's Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Near Campsites of Louis-Michel Aury and Francisco Xavier Mina
"Old Red" image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, August 16, 2015
2. "Old Red"
The marker is just to the left of the big stairs.
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Jean Lafitte (approx. 0.4 miles away); Victor Gustafson Home (approx. half a mile away); Galveston, C. S. A. (approx. half a mile away); Frederich-Erhard House (approx. half a mile away); George Fox House (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
 
Regarding "Old Red". This building is in the National Registry of Historic Places. Now called "Old Red" this is the first, and originally the only, building of the first medical school in Texas
 
Also see . . .
1. University of Texas Medical Branch. (Submitted on August 17, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. Ashbel Smith Building. Wikipedia (Submitted on August 17, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.) 
 
Additional keywords. Galveston Medical College, University of Texas Medical Branch
 
Categories. EducationNotable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 269 times since then and 59 times this year. Last updated on October 31, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 17, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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