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Market Square Event Hall / Research Center

Originally built in 1850, Market Square opened as an open air market in 1852.  For the rest of the 19th century, many Brownsville residents bought their fresh foods from the many stalls found in the Square.  Even after being damaged by a hurricane in 1867, Market Square continued to operate as a market on the first floor and city offices on the second.  By the 1940s, the stalls had been closed in, and by the 1980s the city bus station opened.

In early 2009, Market Square was leased to the Brownsville Historicial Association.  Thanks to the support of the Stillman Trust, Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation, and the City of Brownsville, Market Square became the home of BHA's collections and archives.

The vaults of Market Square house one of the largest South Texas photograph collections in the Rio Grande Valley.  Additionally, the archives are home to numerous documents include the Frank Cushman Piece Papers and the A.A. Champion Collection.

The Event Hall and Plaza are available for rent.  For more information, call 372-7515 or email rentals@brownsvillehistory.org.

Hours of Operation:

By Appointment Only

 

1150 Market Square

Brownsville, Texas 78520

(956) 546-4242

Market Square is open to scholars, students and amature researchers by appointment.  Contact us at collections@brownsvillehistory.org or call 541-5560.

In addition to the collections and archives, Market Square also houses the permenant exhibit, Into the Wild West, featuring the art of Frederic Remington and Charles Russell. This collection was donated by the late Ben Edelstein.

 

RENTAL AGREEMENT FOR MARKET SQUARE

For rental information call 956-541-5560.

Market Square Research Center / Event Hall

DAYTIME RENTALS

 

Monday - Thursday

First Hour: $150.00

Additional Hour: $50.00

 

Friday - Sunday

First Hour: $350.00

Additional Hour: $150.00

EVENING RENTALS

WEEKDAY

 

Monday - Thursday

Any four (4) hour rental between the hours of

5pm - 11pm is $800.00

EVENING RENTALS

WEEKEND

 

Friday - Sunday

Any four (4) hour rental between the hours of

5pm - 11pm is $1300.00

All Market Square rentals must pay a $100.00 cleaning fee.  All evening and weekend day rentals require a $500.00 deposit to hold their reservation.   All evening rentals are subjected to a $300.00 charge for every hour that extends beyond the contracted rental time.

 

A non-profit rental rate is available; please contact the Executive Director for more information.

 

Included in the rental fee are as follows:

• Main reception area, breezeway and bathrooms

• Cleaning and preparation of the building (indoors and out) for event

 

Tables, chairs and linens are not provided in the rental fee.

 

(Revised and effective 01/01/19)

Market Square Event Hall / Research Center

Originally built in 1850, Market Square opened as an open air market in 1852.  For the rest of the 19th century, many Brownsville residents bought their fresh foods from the many stalls found in the Square.  Even after being damaged by a hurricane in 1867, Market Square continued to operate as a market on the first floor and city offices on the second.  By the 1940s, the stalls had been closed in, and by the 1980s the city bus station opened.

In early 2009, Market Square was leased to the Brownsville Historicial Association.  Thanks to the support of the Stillman Trust, Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation, and the City of Brownsville, Market Square became the home of BHA's collections and archives.

The vaults of Market Square house one of the largest South Texas photograph collections in the Rio Grande Valley.  Additionally, the archives are home to numerous documents include the Frank Cushman Piece Papers and the A.A. Champion Collection.

The Event Hall and Plaza are available for rent.  For more information, call 372-7515 or email rentals@brownsvillehistory.org.

Hours of Operation:

By Appointment Only

 

1150 Market Square

Brownsville, Texas 78520

(956) 546-4242

Market Square is open to scholars, students and amature researchers by appointment.  Contact us at collections@brownsvillehistory.org or call 541-5560.

In addition to the collections and archives, Market Square also houses the permenant exhibit, Into the Wild West, featuring the art of Frederic Remington and Charles Russell. This collection was donated by the late Ben Edelstein.

 

RENTAL AGREEMENT FOR MARKET SQUARE

For rental information call 956-541-5560.

DAYTIME RENTALS

 

Monday - Thursday

First Hour: $150.00

Additional Hour: $50.00

 

Friday - Sunday

First Hour: $350.00

Additional Hour: $150.00

EVENING RENTALS WEEKDAY

 

Monday - Thursday

Any four (4) hour rental between the hours of

5pm - 11pm is $800.00

EVENING RENTALS WEEKEND

 

Friday - Sunday

Any four (4) hour rental between the hours of

5pm - 11pm is $1300.00

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