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 Decade: 1950-1959
 Collection: Rescuing Texas History, 2007
[638 S. Magnolia - Silliman House]

[638 S. Magnolia - Silliman House]

Date: c. 1950
Creator: unknown
Description: This 2-story dwelling is an excellent illustration of the Georgian Revival style, an early 20th century architectural form rarely found in Palestine. This house is further distinguished by its load-bearing walls, which are a contrast to the prevailing wood-frame construction used on most domestic buildings in Palestine. Noted architect and New Jersey-native James Frith Brook (who was responsible for numerous Palestine buildings, including the Redlands Hotel), designed this house for Dr. J. Calvin Silliman in 1911. C.S. Maffitt was the contractor, but some also believe that he was the architect, instead of Mr. Brook. The story goes that the foundation for the house was installed and had to stand for several months before construction on the dwelling could begin. The outside brick walls were constructed first and then the inside studs and walls were built. The carriage house, located in back, dates back to the first owners of the lot, a Dr. Swinney, whose home was moved to allow for the building of this home. Silliman sold the house to his cousin, John H. Silliman in 1915, when he moved his family to California. A Mississippi native, J.H. Silliman was the proprietor of Silliman and Company – a Palestine business ...
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Unidentified House 01234]

[Unidentified House 01234]

Date: c. 1950
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of an unidentified House in Palestine.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Burning of the Railroad YMCA]

[Burning of the Railroad YMCA]

Date: c. 1955
Creator: unknown
Description: Burning of the Railroad YMCA. The Railroad YMCA opened in April of 1903 and continued as the YMCA until the building burned in the mid 1950's. The building faced South Magnolia and was on the lot in front of the present Railroad General Office Building.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[601 E. Hodges - Elmwood]

[601 E. Hodges - Elmwood]

Date: 1950~
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the front and east side of "Elmwood," a white, two-story house located at 601 E. Hodges in Palestine, Texas. The house has a wrap-around porch and a two-story pedimented portico with Ionic-style columns; these elements altered the original Queen Anne-style architecture.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Historical Marker]

[Historical Marker]

Date: c. 1950
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of a historical marker in Anderson County.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Collage of Photos of Two Business Blocks in Palestine]

[Collage of Photos of Two Business Blocks in Palestine]

Date: c. 1950
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo collage showing businesses in two city blocks in downtown Palestine.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Palestine Students at Play]

[Palestine Students at Play]

Date: c. 1953
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of Palestine students at play.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Palestine Train Depot]

[Palestine Train Depot]

Date: c. 1950
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the Palestine Train Depot. This building was torn down sometime in the 1980's.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Unidentified Palestine High School Teenagers]

[Unidentified Palestine High School Teenagers]

Date: c. 1953
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of a group of unidentified teenagers from Palestine High School, apparently at a football game.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Palestine Railroad Depot]

[Palestine Railroad Depot]

Date: c. 1950
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the Palestine Train Depot. This building was torn down sometime in the 1980's.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library