[408 E. Neches]

One of 667 photographs in the series: Historic Resources Survey of Palestine, Texas: An Inventory for The City of Palestine available on this site.

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Photograph of the front of a two-story, Tudor Revival-style brick house located at 408 E. Neches in Palestine, Texas. Perhaps the most noteworthy architectural element is the decorative half-timbered construction on parts of the exterior.

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1 photograph : positive, col. ; 35 mm.

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Hardy, Heck, Moore June 1991.

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This photograph is part of the collection entitled: Rescuing Texas History, 2006 and was provided by Palestine Public Library to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 28 times . More information about this photograph can be viewed below.

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Photograph of the front of a two-story, Tudor Revival-style brick house located at 408 E. Neches in Palestine, Texas. Perhaps the most noteworthy architectural element is the decorative half-timbered construction on parts of the exterior.

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1 photograph : positive, col. ; 35 mm.

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Photograph of 408 E. Neches taken from the road. Photo was taken for the Historic Resources Survey of Palestine, Texas 1989-1991. While most of the 115 local Tudor Revival houses of the late 1920s and 1930s probably were built from plans that appeared in pattern books, 15 examples were likely designed by architects. This property falls within the latter category, being designed by Theodore Maffit Sr..

Perhaps the most noteworthy architectural element is the decorative half-timbered construction on parts of the exterior. This type of detailing is a signature trademark of the Tudor Revival style. This property retains its historic character and integrity to an exceptional degree.

Ned B. Morris and his wife Willie Belle had this home built in 1928 at a cost of $9,000. They occupied this house until at least 1941, according to Palestine city directories. Mr. Morris was an attorney, with offices at 201 1/2 N. Sycamore. In the 1940’s, Dr Harvey Bell and his wife Virginia became the next owners and lived there until Dr. Bell died in 1994.

Throughout the years, several rooms have been added and the home has been updated inside. When the current owners remodeled the house in 1997, they gutted the house and reinstalled plumbing and electrical systems. They were able to preserve door and window hardware, as well as many of the light fixtures throughout the house.

Taken from: Historic Resources Survey of Palestine, Texas: An Inventory for The City of Palestine, Volume IV, Color Slides, June 1991

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Rescuing Texas History, 2006

Rescuing Texas History is a project that aims to digitize at-risk photographs, maps, artwork, and more. Funding was provided by the Summerlee Foundation of Dallas.

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  • June 1991

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  • March 9, 2006, 1:20 p.m.

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Hardy, Heck, Moore. [408 E. Neches], photograph, June 1991; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth10099/: accessed October 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.