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James L. Kirby House

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1902, Frank T. Smith. 210 Main St.

James L. Kirby, brother of John Henry Kirby (see HL15), was superintendent of Kirby Lumber Company, which provided most of the materials for his house. The two-story wooden structure has a pyramidal roof that is capped with a widow’s walk. Wings with pediment-like gables project from the central core, and a two-level gallery wraps three sides of the house. Each bay of the gallery is supported by three stout Tuscan columns. The symmetry of porches and roofs and the classical features reflect emerging architectural fashions to the earlier Queen Anne style.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "James L. Kirby House", [Kountze, 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, 32-33.

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