Masonic Temple Smithville Texas

MLS #: 3862296
Listing Type: For Sale
Property Type: Multi-use
Price: $845,000
Location: 301 Main St.
Smithville
Texas 78957
Style: Gothic Revival
Year Built: 1902
Half Bathrooms:
Lot Size (acres): .0823
Size (square feet): 8,400
Condition: Move in ready
Additional Out Buildings:
Submission Date: 02-21-2017
Last Update: 02-25-2017
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Agent Details: Michael Hightower
Company Name: Mike Hightower Realty
Phone Number: (512)360-3866
Fax: (512)237-2687
Cell Number: (512)360-3866
Three story red brick building with four (4) loft style apartments on the 2nd and 3rd floors, all currently rented. First floor is currently an office but in the past has been both a restaurant and retail._____ This building was declared as the county’s tallest building and is commonly referred to as the county’s “skyscraper”.______ The third floor of this building “penthouse” apartment can become the owner’s home while allowing for income producing spaces on the lower floors. Perhaps, the owner would like to maintain a business in the street level space. Open to endless opportunity in a fast growing area of Texas and the USA.____ This building is listed on the National Register. Per the National Register, 301 Main Street, the Masonic Temple Building, is one of the district's most outstanding examples of turn of the century commercial architecture. The building stands three stories high and is crowned with a handsome extended brick parapet. The front facade presents a three bay composition which, fortunately, has not been significantly altered. An awning with pressed metal tiles provides protection from the weather. Dividing the first and second floors, a metal cornice remains in excellent condition. Segmental arches cap the upper floor openings. The south facade exhibits a cast iron fire escape.______ Around 1900, the Masons of the W.J. Nixon Lodge 421 decided to construct a new temple building at the northwest corner of Third and Main. George E. Dickey, an architect from Houston, was hired to design the building. Dickey was educated in Boston and arrived in Houston in 1878. The Sweeney, Coombs and Frederick Building in Houston (NR- 1974)is an excellent sample of his numerous commissions. On November 12, 1902, construction began. The three-story red brick building was completed in February 1903. The top floor was reserved as the Masons meeting hall while the other floors were leased. Perhaps the best remembered tenant was Haney's Grocery. The Masons continued to meet in the building through the 1970's but concern over the safety of members climbing three flights of stairs prompted the construction of a new temple building. The Masons moved to their new facility in 1973._____ About Smithville: Smithville Texas is 42 miles from Austin and about 1-1/2 hrs from Houston on Hwy 71. The population is approximately 4,000 at last census. The town has maintained its historic quaintness. This Mayberry type town has become a popular movie location for over 20 years, films including "Hope Floats", "The Tree of Life", "Bernie". It is an easy commute to Austin, only 35 miles from Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Recent business articles throughout Texas show that Smithville has become a town of interest to investors, particularly out of Austin._____ The Smithville Historic District consists of a high concentration of late 19th and early 20th century brick commercial buildings. Stylistically, the buildings are representative of other central Texas towns. This turn of the century, vernacular, commercial architecture is characterized by brick load bearing walls, extended brick parapet walls highlighted with geometric detailing, 3 bay fronts, and a centrally located entrance flanked on either side by large display windows. The similarity of scale (1-3 stories), use, density, design, and period of construction constitute the vital factors in defining the district and reinforce its visual cohesiveness. The boundaries outline a region shaped somewhat like a Latin cross with the majority of the buildings standing along a 2 block area of Main Street (extending from the mid 100 to 300 block). This strip, however, is intersected at 2nd with a perpendicular, one block extension to either side of Main. As its name connotes. Main Street has been the center of the city's commercial activity since Smithville's founding. The broad thoroughfare extends north from the railroad tracks to a bluff overlooking the Colorado River. In fact, the entire town is situated on a plain between the Colorado River and nearby hills .
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