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Alfred Vander Stucken House

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1891; later additions. W. Austin St. at N. Adams St.

This is perhaps the most extreme case of house expansion in Fredericksburg and the contrast in building materials indicates the work. Alfred Vander Stucken's father, Felix, gave the site of the house to him in 1892, but a stone dated 1891 above the front door suggests that work was already under way on the first phase of the house. The original one-story limestone house made use of a T-plan, with the entrance tucked into one of the corners of the intersecting arms of the T. The Vander Stucken family grew, and at an unknown date the house was doubled in size. For the expansion, the use of local limestone was rejected in favor of Basse Brothers precast-concrete blocks. Here, the results are rather spectacular, with the blocks forming the new porch columns on the lower level, topped by millwork columns. To the west of the house stood Felix Vander Stucken's steam mill that was demolished in the 1940s.

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Gerald Moorhead et al.
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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Alfred Vander Stucken House", [Fredericksburg, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/TX-01-NB62.

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Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 215-215.

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