“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

J. Meredith Tatton House

J. Meredith Tatton House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, October 24, 2019
1. J. Meredith Tatton House Marker
Inscription.  J. Meredith Tatton (1901-1970), conservationist, composer, cattleman, and writer, was born in Leek, Staffordshire, England. In 1930, Tatton came to Texas and married Victoria native Virginia Drake Hallinan (1901-1993), a great-granddaughter of legendary cattleman Thomas O’Connor. The couple lived in England from 1932-36 before returning to make Victoria their home; they had one son. The Tattons had extensive area ranching interests. “Jack” Tatton was also a director of Victoria Bank & Trust Co., a director of the National Quarter Horse Breeders Association, a trustee of Our Lady of the Lake College (San Antonio), a senator of the University of St. Thomas (Houston), and president of the South Texas Historical Association.

Noted architect John F. Staub designed this home for the Tattons in 1936, and it was completed the following year. Staub, a Tennessee native, worked for country house architect Harrie Thomas Lindeberg in New York before relocating in 1921 to Houston, where he soon opened his own practice. Staub was a co-founder of the South Texas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1924. Staub and his associates
J. Meredith Tatton House image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, October 24, 2019
2. J. Meredith Tatton House
The marker is at the other driveway entrance, roughly to the right of this view.
designed varied projects, including several university campus buildings, but became best known for single-family houses. In 1933, Joseph Vandenberge hired Staub to remodel the Frederick C. Proctor house; the Tatton house on the same block became his second commission in Victoria. The Colonial Revival and Monterey-style inspired house features brick and frame cladding, second-story bedrooms, study, balcony, and rear porches. William and Lucile Welder Murphy, representing two more notable south Texas cattle ranching families, bought the house in 1949, and it remained in their family until 2005.
Erected 2011 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16919.)
Location. 28° 48.36′ N, 97° 0.552′ W. Marker is in Victoria, Texas, in Victoria County. Marker is on West North Street west of North Victoria Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 West North Street, Victoria TX 77901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Proctor-Vandenberge House (within shouting distance of this marker); Fleming-Welder House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Phillips-Sale House (about 300 feet away); Fernando de Leon (approx. 0.3 miles away); Doña Patricia de la Garza de Leon
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(approx. 0.3 miles away); Silvestre de Leon (approx. 0.3 miles away); Don Martin de León (approx. 0.3 miles away); Felix de Leon (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 27, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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