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Brooks House

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c. 1915. 516 N. Richmond Rd.

Now part of the Linn Street Historic District, the house built by Daisy Speed and Tom Brooks, the maternal grandparents of Horton Foote, is one of Wharton's most inviting bungalow-type houses. Its generously sized, west- and south-facing gallery, high-raised construction adjacent to the old channel of Caney Creek, and spacious grounds planted with huge shade trees evoke the images of small-town, Southern domesticity that Foote recalls in his memoir, Farewell: A Memoir of a Texas Childhood (1999).

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Brooks House", [Wharton, 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, 451-451.

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