Details for The Gem (Atlas Number 5061005344)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5061005344


Marker Number 5344
Atlas Number 5061005344
Marker Title The Gem
Index Entry Gem, The
Address 400 E. 13th Street
County Cameron
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 650552
UTM Northing 2865480
Subject Codes commercial buildings
Marker Year 1991
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location 400 East 13th Street; Brownsville
Marker Size 16" x 12" Plate & Medallion
Marker Text Built in 1848 for J.E. Garey and Company, this structure under subsequent ownership has housed a "drinking house", boutique and was the residence of Brownsville's first mayor, Robert S. Leman. The Gem is an excellent local example of mid-19th century commercial architecture influenced by vernacular traditions. Features include a five-bay facade, second floor balcony with full-length shutters, first floor french doors, and detailed corbelled brickwork.