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

Moore House

 
 
Moore House Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, January 11, 2021
1. Moore House Marker
Inscription.  

Built in 1905 for Malinda (Anderson) and Hardin T. Moore, this Neoclassical Revival house is a significant part of Ennis' architectural history. The Moores married in 1892, after both Malinda and Hardin had been widowed in previous marriages. They lived on a ranch east of Ennis before moving into town after the house was built.

Malinda Anderson came to Texas with her family in the 1850s and first married James Robert Farrar in 1868. Farrar died a wealthy man in 1888, leaving Malinda substantial land and business holdings, which she managed with diligence. Hardin T. Moore had come to Texas with his family in the 1830s and settled in neighboring Kaufman County. A Civil War veteran, Moore also had property in the region left to him after his father died. Census records showed him as a stockman and cattle merchant, but he also appears to have had interest in a real estate and loan business. After his first wife died in 1872, he remarried, and his second wife died in 1888.

The size and craftsmanship of the Moore House reflects the wealth and prominence of the family. Its Neoclassical elements are exhibited in the fluted ionic
Moore House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, January 11, 2021
2. Moore House and Marker
and Doric columns, the roofline balustrades with urns, the garland motif decorating the porch frieze, and the dominant central entry bay.

By 1914, the Moores had separated, but Malinda continued living here until her death in 1930. She is buried at Myrtle Cemetery in Ennis between the graves of her two husbands.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2002
 
Erected 2002 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12717.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 32° 19.816′ N, 96° 37.984′ W. Marker is in Ennis, Texas, in Ellis County. Marker is at the intersection of West Denton Street and North Sherman Street, on the right when traveling west on West Denton Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 West Denton Street, Ennis TX 75119, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. LaJuan Schlegel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Minnie McDowal (approx. 0.3 miles away); Katie Daffan (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pierce Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Railroads in Ennis (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ennis National Bank Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jack Lummus (approx. 0.4 miles away); Town of Ennis (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ennis.
 
Details about the Moore House on dial up phone number image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, January 11, 2021
3. Details about the Moore House on dial up phone number
A view of the Moore House image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, January 11, 2021
4. A view of the Moore House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 16, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 16, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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