Next door to the Fulton House ( RF20) is this effervescent, bright yellow, shingle- and clapboard-surfaced house, framed by a profusion of oleanders and palm trees and facing out to Rockport Harbor and Aransas Bay across a wide and busy traffic intersection. Built for James M. Hoopes, who came to Texas from Iowa to manage the First National Bank of Rockport, chartered in 1890, it was designed by Grand Rapids, Michigan, architect D. S. Hopkins, whose architectural drawings have survived. According to local tradition, the drawings were ordered by Hoopes and his wife from a catalogue. The house achieves a sense of buoyancy because of its volumetric chamfered corners, inset porches, the front piazza, a roof dormer, and a polygonal side bay expand out effortlessly rather than looking tacked on. Rehabilitated in 1990, the house is now a bed-and-breakfast, a continuation of the Hoopeses' practice of renting out rooms to summer guests.
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James M. Hoopes House
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