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Brownsville Architecture: A Visual History by Pino Shah and Eileen Mattei

Brownsville Architecture: A Visual History reveals the heritage and history of Texas’s southernmost city as told by its buildings. Outstanding architectural images by Pino Shah show the influence of diverse cultures and regional styles that have shaped the border city’s built environment since 1841. Eileen Mattei weaves architectural details and Brownsville history into a narrative that illustrates how buildings mirror the people, the place and the times.   Here is a new perspective for looking at more than 100 architecturally significant buildings that are often also historically and culturally important. Pino Shah @ArtByPino is a world heritage, architecture, and performing arts photographer based in McAllen, Texas, and Ahmedabad, India. A freelance writer based in the Rio Grande Valley, Eileen Mattei  writes travel, nature and history articles for Texas Coop Power, Texas Highways, and other magazines.  She is the author of At the Crossroads: Harlingen’s First 100 Years; Leading the Way: McAllen’s First 100 Years, and For the Good of My Patients: The History of Medicine in the Rio Grande Valley.


1959 ST. JOSEPH ACADEMY 1959-60. CAUDILL ROWLETT SCOTT & ASSOCIATES (HOUSTON) 101 ST. JOSEPH’S DRIVE ARTBYPINO The Catholic boys school embraced Midcentury Modern design across the campus. “Different roof shapes identified different use and spatial configurations,” Stephen Fox said. 18

1960 ARTBYPINO Architects Ruth Young McGonigle, Wilhite & Winans, Bowman Swanson Heister, and Robert Velten handled the demand for distinctive homes and commercial buildings. 19