Date: February 1992
Description: Photograph of 715 S. Magnolia taken from the road. One of the most popular building types in Palestine is the modified L-plan house. This dwelling is a good example. With its distinctive hipped roof and gabled extensions, the house displays some Queen Anne and Classical Revival architectural embellishments. The use of shingles in the gable ends and the dormer are indicative of the Queen Anne style, while the small Doric-like columns and simple balustrade on the porch reflect an influence of the Classical Revival style. In good condition and with few alterations, the house retains its integrity to a high degree. Prominent local architect John S. Moad designed this house in 1902 for James A. and Mathilda Caldwell. Mr. Caldwell was the chief dispatcher for the I&GN Railroad. Later owners included E.M. Burrell, owner of Murrell’s Variety Store (located at 115 W. Main), and his wife Odis, who lived here during the mid-1920s. From as early as 1935 through at least 1941, the house was owned and occupied by Walter S. and Ellen Miller.
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