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John Kowalik House

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c. 1870. FM 81, 1 mile west of town center

The Kowalik House is distinctive for its plan and combination of building materials. The two-room hall-and-parlor plan places the rooms end to end. The larger east room is of limestone masonry and the smaller west room built of lightweight studs clad in board-and-batten siding. The limestone partition wall between the two rooms carries a central chimney with fireplaces set back to back, serving both rooms. The light frame construction of the smaller room reflects a Polish tradition of using such a room as a stable space during the winter months.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "John Kowalik 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, 198-198.

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