Ashbel Smith Building

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Ashbel Smith Building
Ashbel Smith Building UTMB Galveston.jpg
Ashbel Smith Building
Ashbel Smith Building is located in Texas
Ashbel Smith Building
Location 914--916 Ave. B, Galveston, Texas
Coordinates 29°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
Area 1.8 acres (0.73 ha)
Built 1891[2]
Architectural style Romanesque
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 69000203[1]
RTHL # 7539
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 28, 1969
Designated RTHL 1969[2]

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, renovated in 1985, and was submerged 6 feet underwater by Hurricane Ike in 2008.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c "Texas Historic Sites Atlas". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
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