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

Martin-Russell House

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Photographed By Joe Lotz, August 2, 2021
1. Martin-Russell House Marker

This prominent residence was built in 1925-27 at a cost of $30,000 for Dr. M.L. Martin (1869-1941) and his wife, Ailsey (Forester) Martin (1890-1968). Ailsey grew up on the nearby Forester Ranch (established 1852) and received one-third of the ranch of the famous "Two-I-Jinglebob" brand when it was divided in 1913. Dr. Martin was born in South Carolina and received degrees from Peabody College (Nashville, TN) in 1892 and the University of Texas at Austin in 1899. He served in the medical corps during World War I and was a doctor in Denton for forty years until his death.

Pilot Point native James Holford Russell and wife, Ava Lee (Mars) Russell, bought this property in 1945. J.H. Russell earned a degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1919 and for decades managed Russell's Department Store, part of a family business that debuted in Denton in 1925. He was also a civic leader and Texas Woman's University Regent. The Russells lived here until 1967.

Fort Worth architect J.B. Davies designed the house, with H.F. Davidson as carpenter and Charles N. Davis in charge of brick and concrete work. The home has an attic and
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basement and 14 rooms, with a sun parlor, living room, dining room, breakfast room, kitchen and reception hall on the first floor, and four bedrooms, a sleeping porch, library and two bathrooms upstairs. Prominent features of the Georgian Revival style house include its red brick veneer and white stone trim, green-tinted metal tile roof with dormers, arched windows with keystones, pedimented entryway door surround, wrought iron balconies and symmetrical massing. Since its construction, the house has been the scene of numerous social and community events.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2007
Erected 2007 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13907.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 33° 12.924′ N, 97° 8.453′ W. Marker is in Denton, Texas, in Denton County. Marker is on West Oak Street west of Denton Street, on the left when traveling west. The marker is located on the front of the private residence. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 811 W Oak Street, Denton TX 76201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Scripture-Deavenport House (within shouting distance of this marker); Christal House (within shouting distance of this marker); Mounts House (about
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400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lipscomb-Doggett House (about 400 feet away); James Newton and Eva Tabor Rayzor House (about 600 feet away); Mounts-Wright House (about 600 feet away); Simmons-Maxwell House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Evers House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denton.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2021, by Joe Lotz of Denton, Texas. This page has been viewed 121 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 2, 2021, by Joe Lotz of Denton, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Mar. 29, 2023