Clarke & Courts Building

Harlingen, TX
Year Built – 1951
Architects – Cocke, Bowman & York
Text and Photos – Stephen Fox
An example of Cocke, Bowman & York’s ingenious pragmatism is the Clarke & Courts Building in downtown Harlingen of 1951. Rather than conventional brick-framed display windows, the street front of the building became a single display window, shaded from the southern sun by an aluminum outrigger brise-soleil that also shaded the sidewalk in front of the building.