Scarbrough Building

Scarbrough Building (HMH2R)

Location: Austin, TX 78701 Travis County
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N 30° 16.075', W 97° 44.57'

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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.
HM NumberHMH2R
Marker Number12733
Year Placed2001
Placed ByThe Texas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 10:17am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 620928 N 3349142
Decimal Degrees30.26791667, -97.74283333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 16.075', W 97° 44.57'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 16' 4.50" N, 97° 44' 34.20" W
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Area Code(s)512
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 515-599 N Congress Ave, Austin TX 78701, US
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