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F. L. Whaley House

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1871; 1979, 1996 restored. 101 E. Whaley St.

One of the earliest residences in Longview was built by Franklin L. Whaley, a hardware merchant who served as the city’s mayor in 1891. The house was a simple side-gabled structure raised above ground level with a full-width porch in the tradition of East Texas houses and plantations built after 1845. Single-room projecting wings were added soon after initial construction, maintaining the symmetry of the original. The front-gabled wings and dormers are treated as pediments over projecting cornices. The street front is wide, with a five-bay porch supported by columns in the form of paired posts with jigsaw-cut infill and jigsaw scroll brackets.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "F. L. Whaley House", [Longview, 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, 91-91.

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