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

Petty House

 
 
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Photographed By James Hulse, August 9, 2021
1. Petty House Marker
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San Antonio in the late 1800s was a city quickly changing from a frontier town to a metropolis, soon to become the largest city in Texas, a claim it held for three decades. Mary Francis Drake (1848-1915) arrived in San Antonio in 1890 with her two youngest children and began purchasing property, including this lot along the San Antonio River, an area known as Milam Bend near the Crystal Ice & Manufacturing Company. The neighborhood at the time consisted of one- and two-story residences and a few undeveloped lots. Mary Drake built a two-story house with Queen Anne-Style architectural features, completed in 1895. The home's architect is unknown but historic photographs show an asymmetrical façade with a cross-gabled roof and prominent turret, spindled balustrades along the front porch and patterned masonry chimneys. The Drake family sold the property in 1901 to William Alexander and Louisa Fitch, who only lived here a short time.

Bastrop native Van Alvin Petty, Sr. (1860-1929) and his wife, Mary Cordelia (Dabney) Petty (1861-1943), purchased this house in November 1901. As president of Olive-Sternenberg Lumber Company, Petty
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operated a thriving business while also investing in San Antonio's real estate market since the 1890s. In 1910 and 1911, Petty undertook a major renovation of the house, designed by noted architect Atlee B. Ayres and under the management of general contractor Otto Lindau. Neoclassical architectural style was applied to the home, bringing symmetry to all sides and adding a new gallery on the second floor, an extension to the rear, and two-story Corinthian columns. In 1947, the house was sold to Sam Houston Post 76 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2017
 
Erected 2017 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18597.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1901.
 
Location. 29° 26.129′ N, 98° 28.923′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 10th Street and Avenue B. The marker is located down the driveway on the right side of the house. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 10th Street, San Antonio TX 78215, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Central Catholic High School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Locks & Dams (approx. 0.2 miles away); Flooding & Dams
The Petty House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 9, 2021
3. The Petty House
(approx. 0.2 miles away); The River in the 1800's (approx. 0.4 miles away); River Communities (approx. 0.4 miles away); The River in the 1900s (approx. 0.4 miles away); The San Antonio River (approx. 0.4 miles away); Missions in the San Antonio River Valley (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
 
The entrance to the Petty House from the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 9, 2021
4. The entrance to the Petty House from the street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 263 times since then and 183 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 17, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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Dec. 8, 2022