Ashbel Smith Building

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Ashbel Smith Building
Ashbel Smith Building UTMB Galveston.jpg
Ashbel Smith Building in 2009
Ashbel Smith Building is located in Texas
Ashbel Smith Building
Ashbel Smith Building
Ashbel Smith Building is located in the United States
Ashbel Smith Building
Ashbel Smith Building
Location916 Strand (Ave. B),
Galveston, Texas
Coordinates29°18′48″N 94°46′44″W / 29.31333°N 94.77889°W / 29.31333; -94.77889Coordinates: 29°18′48″N 94°46′44″W / 29.31333°N 94.77889°W / 29.31333; -94.77889
Area1.8 acres (0.73 ha)
Built1891 (1891)
ArchitectNicholas J. Clayton
Architectural styleRomanesque
NRHP reference #69000203[1]
TSAL #8200001367
RTHL #7539
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 28, 1969
Designated TSALJanuary 1, 1981
Designated RTHL1969

The Ashbel Smith Building, also known as Old Red, is a Romanesque Revival building located in Galveston, Texas.[2] It was built in 1891 with red brick and sandstone. [3] Nicholas J. Clayton was the architect. It was the first University of Texas Medical Branch building.

In 1949, the building named for Ashbel Smith, a Republic of Texas diplomat and one of the founders of the University of Texas System. The building was registered as a Texas Historical Landmark in 1969 and renovated in 1985.

In 2008, Old Red was flooded with six feet of water by Hurricane Ike. It was also one of the few buildings to survive the Galveston Hurricane of 1900.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013.
  2. ^ "Texas Historic Sites Atlas". Texas Historical Commission. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2009-12-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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