This building, currently home to the Old Iron Post restaurant, was built in 1876 by Matthew Schneider and Brothers. The iron work, the entryway, the columns, and some of the glass windows are all original. In 2015, the owners of the Old Iron Post renovated the space to prepare for the opening of the restaurant. During this renovation, they uncovered all of the historical Victorian architecture. While you enjoy your delicious meal, take the time to learn more about this building's unique past.
Schneider building has a rich architectural history. The original architecture
of the building was designed by Matthew Schneider & Brothers. The two-story
building displayed a true Victorian structure with massive columns lining the
walls and a grand entryway and beautiful iron work displaying the Schneider
Brothers logo. Built in the midst of rapid growth in Sherman, the Schneider
building became the crown jewel of the square.
The building was built in 1876, the same year that Austin College moved to
Sherman, St. Mary’s School opened its doors, and Washington Iron Works, Sherman’s
oldest industry to date, started business.
According to an article from the Sherman Daily Democrat
in 1922, this building was first maintained and owned by Morris Schneider, one
of the Schneider brothers who built the building. This two-story building was
constructed after a fire wiped out several buildings in downtown Sherman in
1876. Through most of the late 1800s and early 1900s, the building was used as
a dry-goods store, first by Schneider and then by George Murphy, the second
owner of the store who added on a third story. In 1922, three Sherman natives –
T. Bass, Will Taylor, and Gus Parrish – rented this building for their own
department store. They purchased an adjoining building and connected the two to
create a 10,000 square-foot space with plenty of room for new departments. This
business served as key fashion store over the next several decades.
1960s, the two top stories were removed due to structural concerns. The
original architecture was then covered up in the 1970s to renovate the building
for the new occupants – the Haring Office Equipment. The Haring Office
Equipment Co. covered the walls with stucco, built new doorways, covered the
floors with new ones, and repainted the space. Through this reconstruction,
people forgot about the original architecture of the building and it lay hidden
for the next 45 years.
In 2015, the owners and investors of the Old Iron Post
Restaurant started to remodel the place to make it into a homey eatery. As they
started to tear down the stucco and peel back the flooring, they found the
hidden gems of the original building. Sherry Little, one of the investors for
the restaurant, was repeatedly surprised by the building during the
construction. She said, “To have the opportunity to restore this building and
utilize historic components, it’s been very exciting to do that and to bring it
back to some former glory… We’re very excited at all that we have found here,
because we didn’t have any idea that any of this existed.”
The secrets of the building “revealed themselves through countless vestiges of
the grand Victorian structure the building… once was. Ornate support columns,
original iron work, pristine stained glass windows and a baroque rear entrance
on Houston Street were uncovered during the construction…”
These beautiful reminders of the past can still be seen throughout the
restaurant today. The iron work across the front of the building is all
original and the grand entryway to the restaurant is over 140 years old.
Strauch, Nate. Old Iron Post Renovation Complete, Bringing New Dining,
Nightlife to Downtown Sherman. Herald Democrat. June 11, 2015. Accessed
November 27, 2018.
History of Sherman. Sherman Official Website. Accessed November 27,
William. Bass, Parrish & Taylor Move Into Their New Home. Sherman
Daily Democrat, August 27, 1922. Accessed November 27, 2018.
Strauch, Nate. Historic Sherman Building Reveals Its Secrets.
Herald Democrat. February 03, 2015. Accessed November 27, 2018.
Nate. Old Iron Post Renovation Complete, Bringing New Dining, Nightlife
to Downtown Sherman. Herald Democrat. June 11, 2015. Accessed November