Heritage, Volume 8, Number 2, Spring 1990 Page: 6
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Drawing of Judge Sneed House, Travis County, by Buck Schiwetz reproduced by permission
of the University of Texas Press from Buck Schiwetz' Texas, 1960.
Efforts by Sneed family members and
city officials to preserve the house were
unsuccessful. In 1987, after a ten-year fight
with the property's owners, Data Port, Inc.,
the city forced the development firm to
secure Sneed House from massive
deterioration. The corporation boarded
windows, patched the roof, and cleaned
and fenced the grounds. During the year
before the fire, however, the house's
condition was not in compliance with the
This house was so distinguished that it
was one of only three structures in Austin
to have met all thirteen criteria for historic
zoning. It is unlikely that it can be
renovated. One can only hope that lessons
learned from this disaster will help to
prevent the destruction of other
historically significant structures.
I am a brand-new subscriber. Do you
have a librarian or historian who
might supply me with prior issues of
Heritage which deal with the Sebron
Graham Sneed home near Austin? Or of
the old judge himself?
Thanks. I love you and the job you're
Sebron M. Sneed
Although Heritage has never published
an article on the Sneed home, its story may
be of interest to preservationists
A suspicious fire in June of 1989 turned
the historic Sneed House into "a pile of
standing rubble." Designed by Abner
Cook, architect for the governor's
mansion, the house was built in 1854 for
Sebron Sneed who came to Austin from
Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1848. Lawyer
Sneed organized the county's Democratic
Party in 1857. While serving as provost
marshal of the Confederate Army, Sneed's
house was the congregating point for
soldiers headed to battle.
6 HERITAGE * SPRING 1990
We are dedicated
to preserving the past
Archaeology Awareness Week
April 8-14, 1990
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Texas Historical Foundation. Heritage, Volume 8, Number 2, Spring 1990, periodical, Spring 1990; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45428/m1/6/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas Historical Foundation.