Style: Greek Revival
Location: 66 South Wright Street
The 1911 McGill Brothers Building|
South Texas Museum
Photo courtesy Terry
Jeanson, July 2010
|The South Texas Museum
is located in this handsome historic building|
Hours: 1 - 5 Tues- Friday.
10 - 2 on Saturdays.
native J. W. McGill and his wife Lydia (Abell) reared two sons, James Claude (1873-1935)
and H. Frank (1883-1952). The McGill brothers attended school in Flatonia,
Fayette County, Texas.
In 1904 Claude McGill established small ranches
in Fayette and Nueces counties.
In 1911 he and his brother Frank formed a partnership and in 1916 they purchased
the Santa Rosa Ranch in Kenedy County, Texas. Frank married Annie Lake in 1905
and Claude married Eva Rowland in 1922. Both families settled in Alice,
The McGill brothers helped organize Jim Wells County and were
active members of the Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Claude served as
vice-president of the association in 1935; Frank served as president in 1936.
The McGill brothers became prominent south Texas ranchers and noted experts in
the cattle business.
Frank built this structure in 1941 to provide offices
for the family ranching operations. According to family tradition the building
was patterned after San Antonio's Alamo Museum which had impressed Frank during
a visit in 1940. The building exhibits Greek influences and features a distinctive
corbelled stone parapet.
In 1975 heirs of the McGill brothers donated
this building to the South Texas Museum Corporation.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1994