Hotel among Leffland’s surviving structures

Jules Leffland

   Of the 17 structures that noted Danish architect Jule Leffland designed in Matagorda County from 1900-1910, Hotel Blessing is one of the eight that remain today. 
   Jules Carl Leffland (1854-1924) was a Danish immigrant who was trained in architecture at the University of Copenhagen and immigrated to Texas in 1886.
   His first work involved moving homes from Indianola inland to Cuero after the devastating hurricane of 1886.
   From an office in Victoria, Leffland designed and supervised the construction of hundreds of structures.
   He designed churches, schools, banks, city halls, hotels and residences in an area from Wharton to Kingsville between 1888 and 1910.
   Blessing has two Leffland buildings —the hotel and Blessing Bank.
   In Palacios, only two Leffland buildings survive - the Luther Hotel and the Price-Farwell House.
      Leffland buildings still standing in Bay City are all on Seventh Street: the Masonic Lodge building, 1906; Bay City Bank, 1903; LeTulle Mercantile Company, 1901; and First National Bank Building, 1903 at 7th and Avenue H.
   Shortly before his death at the age of 70, Leffland became a citizen of the United States. He died October 21, 1924, at his home in Victoria.  
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