Details for Sorenson-Stair Building (Atlas Number 5507015535)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507015535


Marker Number 15535
Atlas Number 5507015535
Marker Title Sorenson-Stair Building
Index Entry Sorenson-Stair Building
Address 406 S. Austin
City Rockport
County Aransas
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 691589
UTM Northing 3101082
Subject Codes Commercial buildings; artists
Marker Year 2008
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location 406 S. Austin
Marker Size RTHL medallion and plate
Marker Text Simon Sorenson, a native of Denmark, bought Brunner's Merchantile at this site in 1886. The building was originally two stories, rebuilt after an 1895 fire. The Sorensons received weather reports by telegraph, posted updates in the display windows and raised warning flags as necessary. Hurricane Celia damaged the building and stock in 1970. In 1978 the Estelle Stair Gallery and the Rockport Art Association were housed here. Stair nurtured the growing art community. The load-bearing masonry building features a distinctive five-bay brick façade, with brick entry arches and pilasters capped along the stepped parapet. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-2008