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Wise Funeral Home (A. B. Scarborough House)

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1897. 219 W. Sam Rayburn Dr.

This Queen Anne house built for banker A. B. Scarborough is distinguished by such classical elements as paired Tuscan columns on the wraparound porch, single columns on the upper-floor balconies and dormer, gable panels filled with low-relief plaster ornamentation, and a strong pattern under the cornice molding created by a variety of modillions. A large round tower anchors one corner, with the porch flowing around it. The house’s indiscriminate whitewashing obscures many of these exceptional details and lightens the structure’s massive proportions. The front door is marked by an arched surround resting upon squat columns with cushion capitals, details typically found in Richardsonian Romanesque. The house became a funeral home in 1935.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Wise Funeral Home (A. B. Scarborough House)", [Bonham, 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, 126-126.

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