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YEAR BUILT: 1916
ARCHITECT/BUILDER: Hal Thompson
ORIGINAL OWNER: E.R. Brown
ORIGINAL
DESCRIPTION:
A residence blending the character of a Mediterranean villa with Georgian elements. The asymmetrical elevation is unusual for houses of this period. The entry pavilion which is formed by two giant pilasters capped by a triangular pediment shows influence of the Georgian Revival. The Adam Style elements consist of ornamented swag reliefs under the balconies, carved shell motifs in the dormers, the extensive use of the Palladian motif on the loggia, and the use of attenuated Ionic columns flanking the front door. One of the more notable features of the house is the gracefully proportioned wrought iron and glass canopy over the front entry. As early photograph of this house shows the use of the semi-circular awnings attached to the canopy and the French doors opening onto the bowed terrace.
OF INTEREST: This residence was built for E.R. Brown, president of Magnolia Oil n/k/a Mobil Oil, at a total cost of $25,489.61. Ms. Brown informed her architects that she desired a house resembling an Italian villa because she felt the style was well suited to the Dallas climate. The Brown family lived in the house for 60 years.
PHOTO GALLERY:

1925 Photos of Interior
1925 Interior and
Exterior Photos

1925 Photos of Interior
1934 Newspaper
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Feb 14, 2004
Most snow since 1985