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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.


1841 NEALE HOUSE (BROWNSVILLE ART LEAGUE) WILLIAM NEALE, BUILDER 230 PORTER DRIVE ARTBYPINO English immigrant William Neale operated the Matamoros - Boca del Rio Stagecoach line. Neale, who served as Brownsville mayor before and after the Civil War, built this low profile house with wide verandas on 14th Street. The oldest wooden frame house in the city, it was moved to this location in 1950. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (RTHL). 2


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