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Sicily Ann Halsell and Daniel Waggoner Mansion, “El Castile”

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1883. 1003 E. Main St.

Tennessee-born Daniel Waggoner started a cattle ranch in Wise County that grew into a 535,000-acre empire. Although his son, William Thomas, moved the headquarters to Vernon, Waggoner and his wife Sicily Ann remained in Decatur, building this sixteen-room Italianate Villa on a hill east of town. The two-story rock-faced limestone structure has smoothly finished red sandstone quoins and window surrounds and the deep, bracketed cornice supports mansard roofs that are crowned with the original cast-iron cresting. A tower rises from an inside corner of the irregular plan, capped with a steeplelike roof and an unusual raking, bracketed cornice.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Sicily Ann Halsell and Daniel Waggoner Mansion, “El Castile”", [Decatur, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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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, 242-242.

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