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Moody-Bradley House

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1860; later addition. 318 Moody St.

Located on the north edge of Fairfield, this house is one of the finest Greek Revival houses in the region. Built for merchant W. L. Moody and his wife, Elizabeth Bradley, the house has a wide central hall with two rooms on each side. An ell was added later at the rear. The front portico has two pairs of square columns with simplified Tuscan capitals supporting a pediment and an entablature that extends around the entire house. Corner pilasters mimic the width and detail of the columns. A portico on the right side that matches that of the front provides entrance to the two rooms on this side of the house, one used as an office and the other as a guest room. The extant well was used to cool milk and butter. The Moodys later moved to Galveston, where he established a business and civic empire. The house was sold to Elizabeth’s father, F. M. Bradley.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Moody-Bradley House", [Fairfield, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 78-78.

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