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THE KYLE BLOCK
Beaumont, Texas

200 Block of Orleans Street
Kyle Block building front, Beaumont, Texas
One end of the Block
Photo by John Troesser, 5-03
The Kyle Block is one of the best examples of Zig Zag architecture in Texas

The name Kyle is fairly common in Texas. There is Kyle Field in College Station, the town of Kyle, Texas, and the former Kyle Hotel in Temple.

The name Kyle here is that of a Beaumont businessman. His name is also linked to the Temple hotel for being that building's principal investor.
The Kyle Block in Beaumont, Texas
View of the entire Kyle block looking south Photo by John Troesser, 5-03
Flora and sunburst architectural details
Abstract flora and sunbursts.
Photo by John Troesser, 5-03
The Kyle Block is featured in the chapter Modernistic Modes of Design in Jay C. Henry's Architecture in Texas : 1895-1945 (See Amazon.com).

Although no date is given and no cornerstone was found, Professor Henry compares the Kyle Block to the similar, but less ambitious Paramount Block in downtown Amarillo which was built in 1932.
Kyle Block architectural detail
One of the Zig Zag designs.
Photo by John Troesser, 5-03
Henry describes the Kyle block as: "divided into five segments, with a two-story block on each corner, then a section of single-story shops, and finally another two-story increment in the center." The individual stores are mostly vacant due to the current lack of traffic in downtown Beaumont - all the better to view this interesting building.
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