The Mildred Buildings are a Mediterranean Revival style complex of apartment, store and garage buildings on half a city block at the corners of Calder Ave., MLK and Oakland, near downtown Beaumont. The exterior walls are terra cotta and brick with molded decorative concrete lintels, bronze and wood rejas and balustrades, and both mission tile and terra cotta parapet walls. Transition spaces between the buildings are landscaped with plants, a fountain and bird baths appropriate to the style of the buildings and use of the spaces. Draperies, hand-carved furniture imported from Spain and art work original to the structures remain in the public areas. The apartment building is a three-story brick structure with 18 apartments, a penthouse and basement on the corner of Calder and Oakland. The north (Carder Ave.) elevation has a central projecting pavilion with a bronze reja at the central entry. A bay window with three stained, leaded glass windows projects above an elaborate post and beam portale, with a mission-tile-roofed, ornately pillared arcade at the second floor level. On either side is an irregular assortment of double hung wood windows, arched openings with bronze or wooden rejas and balcony railings. A parapet wall above the third floor conceals the roof deck and roof garden. Brick towers and an arcade containing the penthouse and mechanical systems are set back and rise above the parapet wall. The east MLK elevation shows a similar assortment of openings and elaborate detail, but without the central projecting entry pavilion. There are quatrefoil openings in two towers projecting above the third story in front of the parapet wall. Each apartment has a fireplace, 4.5" wide ceiling moldings, plaster-arched openings and a balcony. Some have solariums, and all have complete dressing room facilities. Ceilings are 11 feet high. The one-story arcaded commercial building consists of nine office or store spaces plus a large 11,974 sq. ft. store space on the corner of Calder and MLK. Openings behind the arched arcade are plate glass with marble wainscoting at street side. Each space has a bronze reja at the front and rear entries, and a mezzanine over the rear. The flat roof is concealed by a terra cotta parapet with finials. There is a second story tower at each end of the Calder Avenue side with double arched openings centered on each wall and a terra cotta finial at the peak of the tile roof. Ceilings in the store spaces are 14 feet high. The garage building fronts a concrete paved, 20 foot wide alley behind the commercial building and has access from MLK and Oakland Streets. Walls are of brick, with the west wall being a common wall with the commercial building. The roof is gabled truss steel with concrete slab and decking. Windows are steel casement. It was originally designed for 25 cars, but has a modern car capacity of 18 automobiles. All three buildings are in excellent condition. A supply of surplus custom hardware and other custom items for repairs and replacements was stored in the buildings when they were constructed in 1929. The original electrical and mechanical systems, including an intercom to each apartment from the lobby, were the most sophisticated available for that time. They are still in excellent operating condition. The buildings will continue to be maintained by the owner in the superior manner in which they have been in the past.
The Mildred Buildings were designed and built in 1929-30 by the Austin Co. of Texas, Dallas, Texas, for $700,000. The Mediterranean Revival-style complex of apartment building, store building and garage was commissioned by Miles Frank Yount, a wealthy Spindletop oilman. They were named for his 8-year-old adopted daughter. Mildred was said to be the wealthiest girl in the United States when she inherited $12 million in Spindletop oil resources at the age of fourteen. The building named for her is an excellent example of the elegant structures erected in Beaumont in the late 1920's and early 1930's due to the deep oil discovery at Spindletop by the Yount Lee Oil Co. in 1925. This oil discovery caused Beaumont's most rapid growth period and had a profound influence on the nation's economy as a whole. The buildings still maintain a high occupancy rate and prestigious reputation. It is an outstanding example of planned area development with the buildings and transition spaces thorough integrated with and related to each other .