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Landrum House, San Benito Ranch

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1902. U.S. 281, 3 miles east of Los Indios

This house was built on part of a Spanish land grant. The land came in exchange for legal services to the Mexican heirs for securing their title in U.S. courts, a not uncommon occurrence in the tumultuous post-1848 border region. This elegant brick residence with three gables across its front and rear is now missing its front porch, although a similar one remains at the rear, engaging the ell portion of the house. The massing, decorative gable, and the porch's wood trim depict a dated American mainstream style still in vogue in the isolated border region at the dawn of the twentieth century.

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Gerald Moorhead et al.
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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Landrum House, San Benito Ranch", [San Benito, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/TX-01-HL12.

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Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 307-307.

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