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Address: Marfa, TX

A former U.S. Cavalry post called Camp Marfa which was the bachelor...

A former U.S. Cavalry post called Camp Marfa which was the bachelor officers quarters and party house of Fort D.A. Russell from the late 1800s to the end of World War 2.

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Great for WW II historians

This is an interesting insight into "old" Marfa from the WW II days. Make sure Mona gives you that grand tour - she is loaded with a thousand interesting tidbits regarding this... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 January 2017
Laguna Beach, CA
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Laguna Beach, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

This is an interesting insight into "old" Marfa from the WW II days. Make sure Mona gives you that grand tour - she is loaded with a thousand interesting tidbits regarding this building and Marfa's history.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

I won't go into detail about the facility; others have already done that more than adequately. I would only add that for our visit (not sure if this is standard as others haven't mentioned it), but the onsite caretaker herself gave us the full tour. We stopped by, not knowing what to expect, and she ushered us into her private... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Don't miss this. This small housing unit for Army officers holds stories of soldiers who chased Pancho Villa and took orders from a young officer who later became General Patton. Liberated Nazi's, brought from the North African theatre were brought all the way back to Texas and upon discovering that 2 of them were trained artists, were put to work... More 

1 Thank Danny H
El Paso
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

We visited Building 98 and toured the exhibit. Then we went Chinati Foundation which is housed at the Fort. We toured the Donald Judd Outdoor exhibit. We also visited his aluminum works which are housed in two converted artillery sheds. If you go to Marfa you must visit here. They are open Wednesday - Sunday. Part of the exhibit requires... More 

2 Thank WestTexasTown
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2015

This is a complex that has been a part of Fort D.A. Russell and housed the officer’s club. In World War II it housed prisoners of war of the African army of Rommel. In a couple of rooms two of them (R. Hampel and Hans Jurgen Press) painted some beautiful murals, inspired by the great landscapes surrounding Marfa. It’s impressive... More 

2 Thank Jacqueline07_69
Santa Fe, NM
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2014

We visited Building 98 for the opening of an exhibit titled “Degrees of Separation”, an international collaboration. Four each photographers, artists and writers from Louisiana, four of each from France, were selected to contribute, and to interact with and respond to each others' works. It's hard to describe but well worth seeing. (Full disclosure: our daughter is one of the... More 

4 Thank WeirdHarold
Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2013

Stopped by building 98 before the chinati foundation and found that the courtyard was filled with tents. The bulding was being used to house transient artists, A few of whom were smoking dope (also baking) in a windowless van parked out front. Most were nice people but one guy was very irritated that we were intruding on his historic building/campsite... More 

2 Thank Steve_Dallas01
Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2012

The only known instance of murals by German POWs during WWII. Very interesting.

3 Thank TomnLindaAustin_TX
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2012

On a recent road trip across West Texas, I stopped at Marfa for the night. Of course, the Chinati Foundation was at the top of my list to visit, but we stayed at the Arcon Inn and met Mona. She offered to open her foundation building, Building 98, that was the officer's club during WWII. This was really a highlight... More 

3 Thank llama_112
Jensen Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2010

Building 98 is part of Fort DA Russell where German prisoners of war were held during World War 2. The building (12,000 sq ft) was the original Bachelor Officer's quarters at Fort DA Russell. The building contains two large rooms that are decorated with mural depicting the landscapes and scenes of West Texas and were painted by two German prisoners... More 

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casgarcia11, Manager at Fort D. A. Russell, responded to this review

Building 98 is not run by the Chinati Foundation. It is managed by the owners of Building 98 More 

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