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May Mathis Watson House, “Watsonia”

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1939, William Van Siclen. 2703 Ocean Dr.

Sprawling along its enormous corner lot, “Watsonia,” so named by its owners, is perhaps the most eccentric residential design of Brownsville-based Van Siclen. The Pueblo Revival house is composed of one-and two-story wings enlivened with tall, sculptural chimneys, porches, and open-air roof terraces bordered by undulating parapets punctured by vigas. Large brick units made at the site, laid up with “weeping” mortar joints, provide a rich textural appearance to the exterior walls that include corbeled window openings with screen details used by Southwest Indian tribes.

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Gerald Moorhead et al.
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Gerald Moorhead et al., "May Mathis Watson House, “Watsonia”", [Corpus Christi, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/TX-01-CC31.

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Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 247-247.

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