This Historical Marker is located just across from Gruene Hall, in Gruene. The building was built in 1903 by Henry D. Gruene as a place where tenant farmers could buy their wares and do business. Today, Gruene Antique Company encompasses the large center room of the building which once held the dry goods for sale, and the east wing which houses Gruene’s original bank vault. Gruene Antique Company offers 6,500 sq. ft. of antiques, collectibles, gifts and decor in a stunning Texas Landmark Building. In business since 1986, this large antique mall is a popular destination for antiquers and browsers alike. Please click on the link below for a virtual tour of the Gruene Antique Company.
Historical Marker Reads:
H. D. Gruene Mercantile
In 1878 Henry D. Gruene (1850-1920) established a mercantile business at this site. To provide more space for the growing business, this building was erected in 1904, one year after the local post office name changed from Goodwin to Gruene. The mercantile served as the community’s business and social center until 1938. The brick structure features corbelled cornices and reflects influences of both Classical Revival and Richardsonian Romanesque styles.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 1987