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Jones House Bed and Breakfast (Roland and Lillie Jones House)

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1897, Diedrich Rulfs. 141 N. Church St.

Roland Jones Jr., a cotton buyer working for Mayer and Schmidt, lived at the Bullen Hotel, which then occupied this site. There he met his future wife, Lillie, daughter of Henry P. Matthews, who owned the hotel. When it burned in 1895, the Joneses decided to rebuild on the site, but with a house rather than a hotel. The two-story frame house was planned for large social gatherings, with double parlors on each side of a generous central hall. The unusual polygonal hall feeds into a number of peripheral spaces, which in turn interconnect, providing for ample circulation during gatherings. On the exterior facing the street corner, a tiered three-story octagonal tower concludes with a modified onion-dome roof. First- and second-floor porches, located only on the front of the house and arched at the center, are rich with spindle railings and stacked gables rising to a gabled front dormer edged with decorative bargeboards. The location of this unconventional Queen Anne house at the northern edge of the central business district rather than farther north or west in the newly developing suburbs was essential for maintaining the family’s social prominence. The house, owned by the Mast family, has been a bed-and-breakfast since 1999.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Jones House Bed and Breakfast (Roland and Lillie Jones House)", [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, 49-49.

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