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Southwest Operating Inc. and Atlantis Oil Company Building (Horace and Mary Chilton House)

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c. 1888. 727 S. Chilton Ave.

This monumental classical house has a two-story wraparound portico of Ionic columns and a unique cantilevered second-floor balcony floating behind the colonnade. A central pediment breaks the horizontal roofline, and windows have Eastlake lintels. Attorney Horace Chilton was a state attorney general and a U.S. senator. The house was reportedly designed by an unknown architect to recall Mary Chilton’s Virginia childhood home, accounting for the early use of the classical style.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Southwest Operating Inc. and Atlantis Oil Company Building (Horace and Mary Chilton House)", [Tyler, 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, 65-65.

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