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V. M. Donigan House, “Donigan's Castle”

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1939, Morris Levy. 3302 Ocean Dr.

Dramatically sited on the bayshore side of the drive, the “castle” was built for Turkish Armenian hotel owner V. M. Donigan. The composition is dominated by a three-story, red-tiled roof turret that serves as an entrance and connector to its two flanking wings. Donigan built the house at the former location of the Alta Vista Hotel, the centerpiece of Ropes's Port Aransas Cliffs development. Designed in 1891 the resort hotel was inaugurated but never opened due to foreclosure by Ropes's creditors. Intermittently used for other functions, it burned in 1927, forever closing the Ropes chapter in Corpus Christi's history.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "V. M. Donigan House, “Donigan's Castle”", [Corpus Christi, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 248-248.

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