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James Kennard House

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1895. 621 St. Louis St.

The Kennard House is a fine example of the monumental Queen Anne house that became popular with the well-to-do in Texas towns at the end of the nineteenth century, and in which Gonzales is rich in examples. It is altogether fitting that Kennard, a lumber dealer, built a house that makes excellent use of wooden details, including Richardsonian arches on the first-floor porch. The most unusual element are the mosaic panels of broken glass and ceramics in the pediment of the front porch around the Palladian window and on the octagonal tower, which are reminiscent of the sort of decorative touches architect Stanford White was using in the 1880s in Newport, Rhode Island.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "James Kennard 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, 193-193.

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