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Abilene in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Hattie and Henry Sayles, Sr., House

 
 
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By Duane Hall, July 24, 2015
1. Hattie and Henry Sayles, Sr., House Marker
Inscription. Henry Sayles (1852-1916), born and reared near Brenham, Texas, studied law under his father, noted legal scholar John Sayles (1825-1897). Henry practiced law in Galveston where he met and married Hattie McAlpine. The couple moved to Abilene in 1886. Sayles practiced law here in partnership with his father and oversaw real estate belonging to Galveston clients. John and Henry Sayles wrote and published several books on Texas law.
     Hattie and Henry Sayles, Sr., built this house about 1889, at a time when few homes existed on present-day Sayles Avenue. Portions of the house, including a rear addition built sometime between 1895 and 1903, were remodeled after fire damage in 1941. Extensive renovations of the house began in 1974.
     The house is an excellent example of a late Victorian-era dwelling. It features finely-executed Queen Anne details, including porches with turned wood posts and balusters, jigsawn brackets and frieze, shingled and decorative wood gable ends, and a decorative brick chimney.
     As the president of Abilene Land and Improvement Company, Henry Sayles, Sr., was responsible for the development of Abilene’s Sayles Avenue neighborhood. The house remained in Sayles’ family until 1974.
          Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 1995
 
Erected
Hattie and Henry Sayles, Sr., House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 24, 2015
2. Hattie and Henry Sayles, Sr., House Marker
1995 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2406.)
 
Location. 32° 26.633′ N, 99° 44.898′ W. Marker is in Abilene, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker is at the intersection of Sayles Boulevard and S. 7th Street, on the right when traveling south on Sayles Boulevard. Click for map. Marker is located at the northwest corner of the intersection. Marker is at or near this postal address: 642 Sayles Blvd, Abilene TX 79605, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sacred Heart Catholic Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Childers Classical Institute (approx. half a mile away); Company I   7th Texas Infantry (approx. half a mile away); Magee House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site of Guitar Mansion (approx. 0.7 miles away); Old Weather Bureau Building (approx. 0.7 miles away); Laughter Undertaking Co. (approx. 0.8 miles away); Taylor County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Abilene.
 
Regarding Hattie and Henry Sayles, Sr., House. The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Hattie and Henry Sayles, Sr., House image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 24, 2015
3. Hattie and Henry Sayles, Sr., House
View to west across Sayles Boulevard
Hattie and Henry Sayles, Sr., House image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 24, 2015
4. Hattie and Henry Sayles, Sr., House
View to northwest from sidewalk
Hattie and Henry Sayles, Sr., House image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 24, 2015
5. Hattie and Henry Sayles, Sr., House
View to South Along Sayles Boulevard image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 24, 2015
6. View to South Along Sayles Boulevard
View to North Along Sayles Boulevard image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 24, 2015
7. View to North Along Sayles Boulevard
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 129 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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