With the Croom House ( WD7), the Brooks-Dennis House is the outstanding surviving late-nineteenth-century house in Wharton. It is a spacious, two-story house with a polygonal bay on the northwest corner framed by the double-level veranda. The first floor of the veranda is wider than the second floor; a shed roof below the second-floor level works in concert with the porch railings and ornamental friezes to give the house its horizontal proportion. Early occupants were Mary Rugeley and Peter G. Brooks, who were succeeded by Erna Anderson and J. H. H. Dennis. Dennis, a lawyer, became Wharton's first mayor after the town was incorporated in 1902, fifty-five years after its founding.
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