I still have a few more Historical Markers from Downtown Brenham would like to share with you. I haven’t collected all the markers (there are over 30) that are in this town but I drive through here every couple of weeks so I have time to do some research on the hidden ones and collect them then. This town reminds me of a simpler life. Driving through this town its hard to imagine the population is over 15000.
On this rainy trip back home I came across this 3-story building. It stood out from the other buildings in this town. This building was built in 1872. According to the Brenham Tour Pamplet the building was built by one of the most influential families in Brenham history. The building housed the first bank in Washington County. The third floor was the meeting place of the local Mason Lodge led by brothers J.D. and D.C. Giddings. The elegant Victorian building represents the high stature of the Giddings family, with an exquisite iron storefront. The columns in front are slender, with fluted shafts, decorative floral motifs and Corinthian capitals.”
Historical Marker Reads:
Former Bank Building of Giddings & Giddings
A private firm; Brenham’s first bank, founded 1866 by lawyer-brothers J. D. and D. C. Giddings. This building was erected 1872 for bank, with Brenham Chapter No. 5, Royal Arch Masons, owning third floor. Bank closed in 1945.
Recorded Texas Historic Marker Year 1971