Hattie and Henry Sayles, Sr., House

Hattie and Henry Sayles, Sr., House (HM1M8J)

Location: Abilene, TX 79605 Taylor County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 26.633', W 99° 44.898'

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Henry Sayles (1852-1916), born and reared near Brenham, Texas, studied law under his father, noted legal scholar John Sayles (1825-1897). Henry practiced law in Galveston where he met and married Hattie McAlpine. The couple moved to Abilene in 1886. Sayles practiced law here in partnership with his father and oversaw real estate belonging to Galveston clients. John and Henry Sayles wrote and published several books on Texas law.
     Hattie and Henry Sayles, Sr., built this house about 1889, at a time when few homes existed on present-day Sayles Avenue. Portions of the house, including a rear addition built sometime between 1895 and 1903, were remodeled after fire damage in 1941. Extensive renovations of the house began in 1974.
     The house is an excellent example of a late Victorian-era dwelling. It features finely-executed Queen Anne details, including porches with turned wood posts and balusters, jigsawn brackets and frieze, shingled and decorative wood gable ends, and a decorative brick chimney.
     As the president of Abilene Land and Improvement Company, Henry Sayles, Sr., was responsible for the development of Abilene's Sayles Avenue neighborhood. The house remained in Sayles' family until 1974.
     Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1995
HM NumberHM1M8J
Marker Number2406
Year Placed1995
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 2:05pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 429660 N 3589884
Decimal Degrees32.44388333, -99.74830000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 26.633', W 99° 44.898'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 26' 37.98" N, 99° 44' 53.88" W
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Area Code(s)325
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 642 Sayles Blvd, Abilene TX 79605, US
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