“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Forney in Kaufman County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

William and Blanche Brooks House

William and Blanche Brooks House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rheba Bybee, June 26, 2016
1. William and Blanche Brooks House Marker
Inscription.  Designed by Dallas Architect Charles Alexander Gill and built on a lot received as a wedding gift from Yancy McKellar, this was the home of local business and civic leaders William A. and Blanche Brooks and their family. Built in the Queen Anne style in 1898, the home was remodeled and updated with colonial revival style elements in 1915. Prominent features include a round turret, intricately detailed chimneys, and a wraparound porch. Typical of the homes built in this area at the turn of the 20th century, the Brooks House is a significant part of Forney's architectural heritage.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1997

Erected 1997 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11986.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1898.
Location. 32° 44.587′ N, 96° 28.406′ W. Marker is in Forney, Texas, in Kaufman County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Center Street and East Brooks Street, on the right when traveling south. Large
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sign that reads "Brooks House" on corner of lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 S Center St, Forney TX 75126, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. McKellar House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Forney Independent School District (about 800 feet away); Forney High School Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dick P. Moore House (approx. 0.3 miles away); William Madison McDonald (approx. 0.3 miles away); 1899 Automobile Trip (approx. 0.3 miles away); Walter Dickson Adams and the Adams Drugstore (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dixie Overland Highway (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forney.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2016, by Rheba Bybee of Seagoville, Texas. This page has been viewed 522 times since then and 149 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 13, 2016, by Rheba Bybee of Seagoville, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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