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D. Rulfs Office Building

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c. 1888, Diedrich Rulfs. 113 S. Lanana St.

Rulfs purchased much of this city block in 1888, where this center-hall cottage may have already existed. When they first arrived at Nacogdoches, the family rented a farm three miles out of town, but the commute proved impractical for Rulfs’s business. The small building was first the family residence and later his office, with a lumberyard behind. On lots to the east, Rulfs eventually built a large family house and two rental houses (only this cottage survives). The end-gabled house has a front gabled porch, and rear additions include an L-wing and a shed-roofed room. During renovations in 2011, it was discovered that much of the lumber appeared to have been salvaged from other of Rulfs’s projects and reused to build and expand the house.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "D. Rulfs Office Building", [Nacogdoches, 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, 48-49.

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