Historic Homes of Waco, Texas

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Texas A&M University Press, Feb 14, 2019 - Architecture - 360 pages
Winner, 2020áRon Tyler Award for Best Illustrated Book on Texas History and Culture

In this thoughtful tour of 120 historic homes in Waco, Texas, architectural historian Kenneth Hafertepe gives readers a glimpse of the surprising variety of styles and stories captured in the houses built by and for Wacoans. Focusing on the period from the 1850s to about 1940, Hafertepe provides not only snapshots of the dwellings in which the people of Waco lived, but also informed hints about how they lived: everyone from the wealthiest merchants to the humblest day laborers.

Historic Homes of Waco, Texas incorporates material gleaned from city directories, fire insurance maps, census and cemetery records, and other archival and published sources to afford the most complete picture possible of how these homes came to be and what became of those who built and lived in them. Over 120 color photographs, also taken by the author, round out the descriptions.

The popular enthusiasm for the television series featuring Waco-area “fixer-uppers,” coupled with the burgeoning local industry generated by the show’s two charismatic hosts, has certainly boosted interest in historic homes and buildings in Waco. Indeed, Hafertepe has incorporated a handful of properties featured on the show among the houses profiled in this book. But beyond any current entertainment craze, Historic Homes of Waco, Texas will stand the test of time as an authoritative and entertaining tribute to these important structures and the people who inhabited them.áá
 

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Contents

The Waco House
1
Early Waco 18501875
17
Victorian Waco 18751910
43
Early TwentiethCentury Waco 19101920
97
The Period House in the 1920s
161
Cottages in the 1920s
243
Waco in the 1930s
273
How This Book Came to Be
301
The Architects of Waco Houses
307
Maps with House Locations
309
Sources
317
Index
329
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KENNETH HAFERTEPE is chair of the department of museum studies at Baylor University. He is the author of several books, including Guide to the Historic Buildings of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County and The Material Culture of German Texans, winner of the 2017 Ruth Emery Award from the Victorian Society of America as well as the 2018 Philosophical Society of Texas Award of Excellence. He resides in Waco, Texas.

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