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William A. Fort House

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1868; 1958 restoration, Raiford L. Stripling. 503 S. 4th St.

Colonel William Aldredge Fort, a planter formerly of Alabama, bought a plantation on the Brazos River in 1855 and after the Civil War went into banking, forming the First National Bank of Waco. The rose-colored brick house he built, originally occupying the full block with its several dependencies, may have been constructed by the same unknown craftsman engaged at the nearby Earle-Napier-Kinnard House ( WT14) since many carpentry details are similar, along with the out-of-date Greek Revival style of the pedimented porch, Ionic columns, and deep cornices.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "William A. Fort House", [Waco, 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, 125-125.

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