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

James Claude Wright House

 
 
James Claude Wright House Texas Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By QuesterMark, January 19, 2014
1. James Claude Wright House Texas Historical Marker
Inscription.  On September 20, 1898, Robert P. Lowe and his wife purchased the property at this site. The commonly held belief is that the house was built by Robert Lowe, who retired from Mobile and Ohio Railroad in 1894 and settled his family in Weatherford. He built the home sometime between 1897 and 1899 during construction of the building that would house his hardware business. Due to a fire that destroyed the Parker County Courthouse in 1874 early records of the home are non-existent. The earliest Sanborn map is for 1885 that depicts a home at the current location and the 1894 map depicts the same home which strongly suggests that a pre-existing structure was expanded or remodeled in the 1890s.

The Wright House represents the Queen Anne style, but with minimal modifications. In 1905, the back porch was enclosed to create a bathroom, closets were added in the bedrooms and the kitchen was remodeled. The original transoms are still in place as is the stained-glass transom panel over the front door. After the death of Robert Lowe in 1920 and his wife Evalina in 1924, the house was eventually sold to Nannie Hauser in 1927. James Claude and Marie
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Wright purchased the home from Hauser in 1940. James Wright started a business selling street signs to small towns and established National Trade Days to help promote small businesses. The descendants of James Wright occupied the home until 1972. In 2009, the city of Weatherford purchased the home to prevent demolition and convert the space to city offices. This historic home’s architecture and ties to the Lowe and Wright family enhance Weatherford’s historic fabric.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2012
Marker is property of the State of Texas

 
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17354.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1832.
 
Location. 32° 45.448′ N, 97° 47.96′ W. Marker is in Weatherford, Texas, in Parker County. Marker is at the intersection of West Oak Street and South Waco Street, on the right when traveling west on West Oak Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 202 W Oak St, Weatherford TX 76086, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Woolfolk-McCall House (within shouting distance of this marker); All Saints' Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Franco-Texan Land Company Building
James Claude Wright House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By QuesterMark, January 19, 2014
2. James Claude Wright House
Maker is visible in the yard to the right.
(about 400 feet away); 1933 Weatherford City Hall (about 500 feet away); First Baptist Church (about 600 feet away); Weatherford (about 700 feet away); First United Methodist Church of Weatherford (about 800 feet away); Parker County Confederate Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weatherford.
 
Also see . . .  Former speaker's home gets historic marker. Weatherford Democrat 12/6/13 (Submitted on January 26, 2014.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 25, 2014, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,026 times since then and 175 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 25, 2014, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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