Details for Texas School Book Depository Building, Formerly The (Atlas Number 5113006895)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5113006895


Marker Number 6895
Atlas Number 5113006895
Marker Title Texas School Book Depository Building, Formerly The
Index Entry Texas School Book Depository Building
Address 411 Elm St
City Dallas
County Dallas
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 705283
UTM Northing 3628979
Subject Codes buildings; commercial buildings; national/federal official; Romanesque/Richardsonian Romanesque (Architectural style)
Marker Year 1981
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark Yes
Private Property No
Marker Location
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text This site was originally owned by John Neely Bryan, the founder of Dallas. During the 1880s French native Maxime Guillot operated a wagon shop here. In 1894 the land was purchased by Phil L. Mitchell, president and director of the Rock Island Plow Company of Illinois. An office building for the firm's Texas division, known as the Southern Rock Island Plow Company, was completed here four years later. In 1901 the five-story structure was destroyed by fire. That same year, under supervision of the company vice president and general manager F. B. Jones, work was completed on this structure. Built to resemble the earlier edifice, it features characteristics of the commercial Romanesque Revival style. In 1937 the Carraway Byrd Corporation purchased the property. Later, under the direction of D. H. Byrd, the building was leased to a variety of businesses, including the Texas School Book Depository. On November 22, 1963, the building gained national notoriety when Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot and killed President John F. Kennedy from a sixth floor window as the presidential motorcade passed the site. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1980