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St. Benedict’s Church
The original St. Benedict’s Church was erected in 1910, two years before the congregation became a parish, and was destroyed by fire in 1923. This brick structure was build to replace it in 1925, under the leadership of Father Yvo Tymen, O. M. I. (1879-1977), who served as pastor of St. Benedict’s from 1921 to 1937. In addition to this Church, he supervised the construction of a rectory and renovation of school facilities damaged by a 1933 hurricane. (Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 1977)
The Azteca Building was built in 1930 along the banks of the Resaca (old river bed) that flows through the City. It is said that this unique building was constructed in the shape of a boat with fence posts, along the periphery of the building rooftop, to simulate cannons. The flat roof design provides for an open dance floor and a beautiful view of the Resaca surrounding area. Through the years the building has served as City Hall, Police Academy, USO during the 1940s for the military, a public dance hall, and today is owned by the City and used by the Head Start Program.
El Patio La Villita
A historical treasure that is found in downtown San Benito is El Patio La Villita. In the 1950s–60s and 70s, it was the premier dance hall in the entire Rio Grande Valley. People traveled from all over the Valley for weekend dances. Orguestas (orchestras) such as Beto Villa, the Father of “Musica Orguestal Tejana” played here during their lifetimes. Conjunto legends such as Narciso Martinez, Tony De La Rosa, Valerio Longoria, Freddy Fender and many other musicians also played here during their lifetime.
Water District Building
Designed by Austin architects Endress and Walsh and built by contractor I. Fleming. The San Benito Land and Water Company building was completed in 1910 at a cost of $ 14,386. Thirty-foot pine beams and locally made brick were used to construct the home of the Company. A fine example of the mission revival style, the edifice features a red tile roof, wooden bracketed eaves, a stucco exterior, and curved gable parapets. The building has been home to many San Benito institutions, notably the irrigation and drainage districts. A beloved fixture of downtown San Benito, It stands as a memorial to the vital role of irrigation in the valley life.
The San Benito Bank and Trust Company