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H. Lutcher Brown House, “Oak Court”

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1936, Atlee B. and Robert M. Ayres. 636 Ivy Ln.

Set behind a high wall and preceded by monumental iron gates and a long allee, Oak Court is the largest house designed by the Ayres office, with Atlee B. Ayres's son Robert serving as the principal in charge. The two-story mansion, a term truly befitting the twenty-thousand-square-foot, stuccoed brick house, is American Colonial Revival in style and on a scale previously unknown in San Antonio. The client, a Houston lumberman, may have been influenced in his choice of style by Bayou Bend, the elegant residence of Ima, Mike, and Will C. Hogg in Houston designed by John F. Staub ( HN71). The Hammond Harwood House of 1774 in Annapolis, Maryland, was the source for the front door frame.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "H. Lutcher Brown House, “Oak Court”", [San Antonio, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 184-184.

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