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James Dunn Houston House

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1898. 619 St. Lawrence St.
  • (The Lyda Hill Texas Collection of Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

Here is the climax of the Houston brothers' architectural obsession, just a short distance from his brother's residence ( SF10). James Dunn Houston, also a rancher, was evidently determined to surpass his brother and did so with a brick house instead of a frame one, but with a nearly identical composition of towers and wraparound porches. Here the porches are more dominant and the red brick and contrasting white stone trim appear to be a match for that used on the county courthouse several blocks to the west.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "James Dunn Houston House", [Gonzales, 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, 191-192.

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