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John Gawlik House

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c. 1858. FM 81, 1 block north of the Visitor's Center
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead)

The Gawlik House is considered the first stone house built in Panna Maria. The house retains its original two-room hall-and-parlor plan. The south facade features a central door flanked on each side by a window, and is shaded by a deep porch formed by the extensions of the roof rafters, cantilevered now that the supporting posts are missing. Both rooms were fitted with fireplaces, the larger of which is in the narrow rear room that probably served as the kitchen. The attic of the house was accessed by an opening in the high-pitched east gable, and is believed to have served as a sleeping loft, a tradition brought from Poland.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "John Gawlik House", [Hobson, 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, 197-198.

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