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George Kalteyer House

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1891, J. Riely Gordon. 425 King William St.

This flamboyant house is the most architecturally significant in the King William District since most of Gordon's domestic architecture has not survived, making this example all the more precious. Polychromatic stone arches were favorite touches on Gordon's Romanesque Revival courthouses of the 1880s, and here he applied them to both the first- and second-floor windows. As seen elsewhere on this street, the scale of the house almost exceeds the bounds of the lot, again pointing to the need on the part of some residents to make their houses proclaim their status. Kalteyer was founder and president of the San Antonio Drug Company and also served as president of the Alamo Cement Company.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "George Kalteyer House", [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, 165-165.

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