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James Archer Dunkum House

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1903, Glenn H. Allen. 613 Carter St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

This distinctive house is among the best independent work of a talented young architect, who first practiced in Houston c. 1884 and then in Waco by about 1902. The house's symmetrical composition under a low-pitched hipped roof incorporates a terra-cotta cornice and frieze and other porch details that appear almost Prairie School in inspiration. The Dunkum House is well documented, noting that Allen selected furnishings from Sanger Brothers in Waco and incorporated classical fireplace surrounds and extensive plaster and wood details on the interior.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "James Archer Dunkum House", [Marlin, 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, 132-132.

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