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Joseph Henry Polley House, “Whitehall”

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c. 1850. FM 539, approximately 15 miles north of Floresville
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead)

One of the earliest extant double-galleried plantation houses in Texas, Whitehall was built by a member of Stephen F. Austin's original colony. Constructed of randomly coursed limestone, the facade features centrally placed doorways on both the first and second floors, with simple square Greek Revival columns supporting both levels of the gallery. The design of the house has been attributed to Polley's brother, New York architect Jonathon Polley, but there is no firm confirmation of this.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.



Gerald Moorhead et al., "Joseph Henry Polley House, “Whitehall”", [Sutherland Springs, 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, 199-199.

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