Abilene in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
One of the earliest fine houses in Abilene. Built 1903 in Colonial Revival Style by Dr. Jefferson Davis Magee (1861-1935) and wife, Anna (Wilbanks). A native of Pike County, Miss., educated in east Texas and at the Louisville (Ky.) Medical College, Dr. Magee moved to Abilene (1902), had drugstore and extensive practice. His home was noted for its hospitality.
Built on an entire city block, structure was of oak lumber with lofty Ionic columns of cypress.
Restored 1962-70 and preserved by Mr. and Mrs. John L. Thompson.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1971
Erected 1971 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3292.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1903.
Location. 32° 27.182′ N, 99° 44.691′ W. Marker is in Abilene, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker is at the intersection of N. 3rd Street and Clinton Street, on the right when traveling west on N. 3rd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1910 N 3rd St, Abilene TX 79603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within Childers Classical Institute (approx. Ό mile away); Site of Guitar Mansion (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Weather Bureau Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Laughter Undertaking Co. (approx. 0.4 miles away); James Harrison Parramore (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ackers - McMillan House (approx. half a mile away); Site of Abilene's First School (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Bankhead Highway (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abilene.
Regarding Magee House. The house is also known as Rosetyme. A substantial portion of the house was damaged by a fire in February 2008. Shortly thereafter the house was acquired by the Abilene Preservation League (APL) who began work to stabilize the structure, repair damage to the house, and rehabilitate it for occupancy. The APL has sold the house, and the new owners plan to occupy and reside in the home in 2015.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 8, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 473 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 8, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.