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San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Norton-Polk-Mathis House

 
 
Norton-Polk-Mathis House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 22, 2018
1. Norton-Polk-Mathis House Marker
Inscription.
This site, from lower lands of Mission San Antonio de Valero, later part of the Vicente Amador Spanish Grant, was bought 1869 by merchant Russel C. Norton, who began building in 1876. House grew with additions of a second story, Victorian Gingerbread rear gallery, and Italian Renaissance Revival tower. Later owners were rancher Edwin Polk and renowned trail boss and cattleman Ike T. Pryor. Business leader Walter N. Mathis restored mansion in 1968.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 1971

 
Erected 1971 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3615.)
 
Location. 29° 24.824′ N, 98° 29.644′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is on King William Street south of East Sheridan Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 King William St, San Antonio TX 78204, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elias and Lucy Edmonds House (within shouting distance of this marker); King William Neighborhood (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alfred Giles House (about 500 feet
Norton-Polk-Mathis House Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 22, 2018
2. Norton-Polk-Mathis House Marker (tall view)
away); Old Edward Steves House (about 500 feet away); Edward Steves Homestead (about 500 feet away); Biesenbach House (about 800 feet away); Site of Guenther's Upper Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carl Hilmar Guenther House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
 
Regarding Norton-Polk-Mathis House. A prominent example of Italianate style, the Norton-Polk-Mathis House, also known as Villa Finale, currently operates as a house museum and is open to the public. It is a contributing property to the King William Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also a National Trust Historic Site.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. King William Historic District
 
Also see . . .
1. Villa Finale Museum & Gardens. The house now known as "Villa Finale" was built by hardware merchant Russel C. Norton in 1876 as a one-story, four room single family residence on what had been Alamo farmlands during the Spanish period.
Historic American Buildings Survey plaque (<i>mounted just below historical marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 22, 2018
3. Historic American Buildings Survey plaque (mounted just below historical marker)
During the time of its original construction, the surrounding King William neighborhood was a desirable location for the city's largely wealthy German families. Walter Nold Mathis purchased the home in 1967 and spent nearly two years meticulously restoring Villa Finale (the name chosen by Walter Mathis for what he knew would be his last home or "villa"). (Submitted on June 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Norton/Polk/Mathis House. Original house built by hardware merchant Russell Norton and enlarged by rancher Edward Polk. Later, the celebrated trail boss and cattleman, Ike T. Prior, added the front porches, a brick wing and the Beaux Arts third story tower. The bold opulence of design suggests something of the prosperity which accompanied the arrival of the railroad in San Antonio. This Italianate Victorian house has five types of columns, an intricate frieze, and is crowned by a square of wrought iron cresting over metal shingles. (Submitted on June 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Norton-Polk-Mathis House Marker (<i>wide view; house in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 22, 2018
4. Norton-Polk-Mathis House Marker (wide view; house in background)
Norton-Polk-Mathis House image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 22, 2018
5. Norton-Polk-Mathis House
Norton-Polk-Mathis House (<i>corner view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 22, 2018
6. Norton-Polk-Mathis House (corner view)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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