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Dallas Woman’s Forum (Charles H. Alexander House)

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1906, Sanguinet and Staats. 4607 Ross Ave.

Architect C. D. Hill (1874–1926) had just established the Dallas office of Fort Worth–based Sanguinet and Staats when he designed this classical house for banker Charles H. Alexander at the eastern edge of the city. A monumental portico of four Ionic columns stands before a cubic block in buff brick with stone quoins and entablature. A prominent front attic story replaces the typical pediment. This, the only surviving mansion on once-elite (now mixed-use) Ross Avenue, was acquired by the Woman’s Forum, a cultural group, in 1930 and renovated in 1967.

Nearby at 4800 Ross, the James W. Fannin Elementary School (1915, Lang and Witchell) was built to serve the rapidly expanding population of East Dallas. The three-story red brick school has contrasting limestone ornament in a modified Tudor style.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Dallas Woman’s Forum (Charles H. Alexander House)", [Dallas, 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, 176-176.

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