Centennial House

Centennial House (HM28C5)

Location: Corpus Christi, TX 78401 Nueces County
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Country: United States of America
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N 27° 47.626', W 97° 23.789'

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Forbes Britton (1812-1861), a Virginian and graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, came to Corpus Christi as an army captain in Mexican War, 1846. He returned as a civilian, and with his wife Rebecca (Millard) had this classical revival house built by the contractors Gravis, Berry and Yates, 1849-50. Britton ranched, was a partner in shipping firm of Britton, Mann and Yates, and helped form first company to obtain a deep water channel for the city. He served 1857-61 in the Texas senate. As Adjutant General, he was personal emissary of Governor Sam Houston to U.S. president Buchanan in 1860. His grave is in the state cemetery in Austin.

Left with servants during Civil War (a Confederate hospital in 1862), house became hospital and officers mess for Federal Army, 1866.
It was citizens' refuge in raids of desperadoes and Indians while home of James and Janet Bryden, 1870-78.
The family of George and Cornelia (Moore) Evans owned the property, 1880-1936.

Southern Minerals Corp., Maston Nixon, President, owned, restored and preserved the place, 1936-65.

Recognized as oldest existent structure in Corpus Christi, it was designated centennial house in 1949.

Since 1965 it has been owned and preserved by the Corpus Christi area heritage society.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

- 1966
HM NumberHM28C5
Year Placed1966
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, June 10th, 2018 at 1:04pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 657972 N 3075388
Decimal Degrees27.79376667, -97.39648333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 47.626', W 97° 23.789'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 47' 37.56" N, 97° 23' 47.34" W
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Area Code(s)361
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 411-499 N Upper Broadway, Corpus Christi TX 78401, US
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