Tennessee-born Robert Washington Sanders (1850-1916), a master wood carver, was drawn to Beaumont in 1878 by the newly-emerging lumber industry. He worked in several local lumber mills until 1902, when he went into business for himself as a cabinet maker. Known throughout the area for his work, he designed the stairs for the Tyrrell Public Library in Beaumont, was a member of the planning committee for the Jefferson County Courthouse, and served as a city alderman for one term. His hand-carved furniture was proudly displayed in several early homes and churches.
Sanders and his wife Ida Mae (d. 1942) acquired the land at this site in 1886. Contractor James Wellman built the two-story, Queen Anne style house for them in 1895 according to their specifications, but Sanders did the finishing work himself. Using native woods such as cypress, curly pine and cedar, he carved the ornamental details on the exterior as well as the front door, the interior spiral staircase and much of the furniture inside the house.
The Sanders rented part of their home to boarders during the time they lived here. The house stands today as a reminder of a Beaumont
Incise on base: Sponsored by Barbara & Alan McNeill
Erected 1982 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10561.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 30° 5.189′ N, 94° 5.879′ W. Marker is in Beaumont, Texas, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Pine Street south of Elizabeth Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 479 Pine Street, Beaumont TX 77701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Central Fire Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Enterprise-Journal (about 400 feet away); Travis Street Substation (about 500 feet away); Westminster Presbyterian Church Of Beaumont (about 500 feet away); Noah Tevis (about 700 feet away); Young Women's Christian Association Of Beaumont (about 700 feet away); First United Methodist Church Of Beaumont (approx. ¼ mile away); First National Bank Building (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beaumont.
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