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VICTORIAN SECRETS

Painted Ladies, Gingerbread
and "Carpenter Gothic" in Texas

Photo Essay
In this dreary age of McMansions, condos and "metal buildings" these dignified homes are still the best-looking in town even though 100 years have passed since fashion past them by. The era came to an end with the passing of Queen Whats-her-name. With their filigreed lightning rods, weathervanes, quoins, turrets, stained-glass windows and fishscale shingles (to say nothing of the skeletons in the closets) they remain the quintessential American "dream house" for generations of Americans.
Victorian house, Magnolia Texas
Magnolia Victorian
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, October 2007
Gainesville TX Victorian House
Brick elegance in Gainesville, Texas
Photo courtesy Mike Price, December 2007
Gainseville TX Victorian House Detail
Gainesville Detail
Photo courtesy Mike Price, December 2007
Decatur TX Former Waggoner Mansion
Decatur: The Former Waggoner Mansion
"This house is on the northeast corner of Decatur. While a little run-down, I was impressed the first time I saw it about 15 years ago."

- Mike Price, December 2007
Decatur TX Former Waggoner Mansion Window
A window on the Waggoner Mansion
Photo courtesy Mike Price, December 2007
Brenham TX Schuerenberg House
The Schuerenberg House in Brenham, Texas
TE photo, January 2005
Brenham TX Gingerbread Detail
Gingerbread Detail in Brenham
TE photo, January 2005
Brenham TX Gingerbread Detail
More Brenham Gingerbread
TE photo, January 2005

A rare Victorian-era Office Building in Houston:
The Sweeney, Coombs & Fredericks Building
at 301 Main Street c. 1889
(Spared the wrecking-ball in 1974)

TE photo, November 2007

A Victorian in Victoria, Texas under restoration
TE Photo, February 2003
Texarkana - Earl-Rochelle House
Earl-Rochelle House in Texarkana
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

Photo courtesy Gerald Massy, June 2010
The Bayless-Selby House Museum , Denton, Texas
Photo courtesy Sam Fenstermacher, June 2005
Bayless-Selby House Museum
"The Bayless-Selby House Museum is a Victorian-era home that was relocated to the Historical Park of Denton County and then beautifully restored.... What's interesting is that the house showcases more than Victorian-era residence. It's more like it's about Victorian living. The house, its furnishings, and gardens all have been tailored to reflect Victorian-period living..." - Sam Fenstermacher
Historic home in The Oak-Hickory Historic District, Denton, Texas
Photo courtesy Sam Fenstermacher, June 2005
Silk Stocking Row
"The Silk Stocking Row in The Oak-Hickory Historic District is basically a collection of historic houses built by wealthy, merchants along West Oak street. Victorian architectural themes prevail, but the neighborhood presents a fairly eclectic mix of architectural styles." - Sam Fenstermacher

Ardmore Oklahoma Victorian house
An entry from Ardmore Oklahoma
TE Photo, February 2005
Historic Site Logan Mansion, Shreveport LA
See also
Shreveport's Victorian Era Architecture

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