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Elizabeth and Silvain Pela House

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1884. 309 E. Santa Rosa Ave.

The house of Swiss immigrants Elizabeth Meyer and Silvain Pela is another variant on the I-house. Here, what wants to be a symmetrically organized house has had the two western bays of what might otherwise be a five-bay double veranda filled in to make the house front asymmetrical. The conservatism of the house is registered in its six-over-six-pane windows framed with Grecian architraves. Across the street, the c. 1860 Herman Zahn House at 107 S. De León Street is a compact version of the double-pitched roof, side-gabled cottage type.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Elizabeth and Silvain Pela House", [Victoria, 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, 483-483.

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