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Harrison M. and Mattie Whitaker House

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1878. 806 W. Houston St.

Tyler attorney Harrison M. Whitaker built this two-story Italianate house on a two-acre site beyond the town. With an irregular T-plan of crossed gables, the two-story frame house has rich Eastlake detailing, including bracketed eaves, scrolled and jigsaw-cut bargeboards, pedimented window lintels, and turned porch posts. Ionic columns were added to the portico in 1910.

The Tyler Little Theater (1939, Shirley Simons) at 1014 W. Houston is a combination of modernist straight parapets and brick stringcourses that link the windows, with Simon’s personal Georgian touches, including small circular windows on the upper corners of the facade and a flared canopy over the entrance.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Harrison M. and Mattie Whitaker House", [Tyler, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

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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