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Ashbel Smith Building
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Ashbel Smith Building in 2009
Ashbel Smith Building is located in Texas
Ashbel Smith Building
Ashbel Smith Building
Location in Texas
Ashbel Smith Building is located in the United States
Ashbel Smith Building
Ashbel Smith Building
Location in the United States
Location 916 Strand (Ave. B),
Galveston, Texas
Area 1.8 acres (0.73 ha)
Built 1891 (1891)
Architect Nicholas J. Clayton
Architectural style Romanesque
NRHP reference No. 69000203
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Added to NRHP October 28, 1969

The Ashbel Smith Building, also known as Old Red, is a Romanesque Revival building located in Galveston, Texas. It was built in 1891 with red brick and sandstone.

Nicholas J. Clayton was the architect. It was the first University of Texas Medical Branch building.

In 1949, the building named for Ashbel Smith, a Republic of Texas diplomat and one of the founders of the University of Texas System. The building was registered as a Texas Historical Landmark in 1969 and renovated in 1985.

In 2008, Old Red was flooded with six feet of water by Hurricane Ike. It was also one of the few buildings to survive the Galveston Hurricane of 1900.

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