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Charles Clarke House

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1900, George B. Stowe. 1728 Sealy Ave.

By virtue of its size and stucco-faced brick construction, the Clarke House might well have sat on Broadway, one block south of Sealy Avenue. The Clarke House's survival attests to the long-term wisdom of not building on a major traffic artery as well as another factor crucial to the survival of Galveston's nineteenth-century residential stock: the conservatism—and longevity—of their owners. Three generations of the Jockusch family, descendants of a Prussian immigrant who came to Galveston via Havana in 1843, have occupied the house since 1928. Stowe, the architect, was one of a number of Galveston-born architects who began practice in the mid- and late 1890s. He was influenced by the restraint of McKim, Mead and White's Sealy House, “The Open Gates” ( GV17), although he managed to incorporate an array of buoyant circular shapes, including a high-raised cylindrical piazza carried on rusticated arches, framed with paired classical colonnettes, and oriented to the Sealy Avenue–18th Street corner.

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Gerald Moorhead et al.
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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Charles Clarke House", [Galveston, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/TX-01-GV27.

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Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 421-421.

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