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L. J. Hart House

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1906, attributed to Atlee B. Ayres. 120 W. Craig Pl.

This small but complex design is possibly the first domestic example of Mission Revival in the city, following on the heels of the 1903 Southern Pacific Passenger Depot ( SA60). The house was built for real estate and loan officer L. J. Hart. Generally held to be an early work by Ayres, the heavily textured stucco walls of the house are appropriate to the style, which appears most strikingly in the quatrefoil window in the attic gable above the main entrance. This makes for an interesting comparison to another Ayres house of the same year, the neoclassical residence of J. E. Jarratt nearby at 238 W. Craig Place, showing the chameleon-like nature of Ayres's work at the time, though eclecticism was not unusual for this period.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "L. J. Hart 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, 174-174.

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