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Address: , Marfa, TX
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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building 98, fascinating history and murals

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
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El Paso
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36 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 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 

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Nijmegen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 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 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We started in the Sleeping Lion State Park above the Fort and hiked on a great trail first built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The views were wonderful and we appreciated even more the hardships these brave soldiers faced in the nineteenth century!!

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Santa Fe, NM
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 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 

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 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 

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Medellin, Colombia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

The place is tranquil and interesting. Wifi, kitchen & laundry is available to guests. Proprietor is friendly and informative of the history & highlights of the building and Marfa. Very clean and comfortable in all seasons. Walking or biking distance to all of Marfa.

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Austin, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

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

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 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 

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Jensen Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 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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