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Mano and Elsie Schoenbrun House

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1950, Cliff May. 505 W 3rd St.

A unique transposition into an East Texas suburban neighborhood, the one-story, gabled-roof house is a splayed U-plan around a courtyard. Californian Cliff May brought the western indoor-outdoor lifestyle to a national audience through the publication of his work in Sunset Magazine and Better Homes and Gardens. The ranch house form as promoted by May included long, narrow wings under low-pitched gable roofs with exposed rafters and stucco or board-and-batten siding, but this house is orange brick, with a strong horizontal emphasis of the roof eave. An off-center chimney near the right front corner signals the entrance beneath a shallow porch and provides a vertical complement to the design. The Schoenbruns were Slovakian immigrants who started a successful retail fashion business. The house is barely distinguishable from its derivative ranch house neighbors.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Mano and Elsie Schoenbrun 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, 66-66.

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