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Furman Avenue Houses

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1913–1925. 700 and 800 blocks of Furman Ave.

The avenue foreshadowed later green boulevards in Corpus Christi. It was laid out in the early twentieth century near the 1908 city limits as a wide thoroughfare with a landscaped median fronted by large residential lots. The Lowell House (1913) at 716 Furman Avenue showcases a Queen Anne form enveloped by a classically detailed double gallery with sleeping porch atop. At number 816 the hipped-roof Italian Renaissance Harvey Weil House (1919) has lost the columns and classical vocabulary that once elegantly dressed its two front porches. Across the street at number 823, the Summers House (c. 1925) is a wide, red brick Craftsman bungalow with porte-cochere that maintains the wooden decorative detailing along its two converging front gables. Interspersed with the houses, a pair of two-story, smooth-plastered, domestic-scaled Craftsman apartment buildings at numbers 806 and 810 (c. 1925) illustrate the rental units being widely constructed throughout the city to house new arrivals due to the opening of the port.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Furman Avenue Houses", [Corpus Christi, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 245-245.

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