Details for Hattie and Henry Sayles, Sr., House

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5441002406


Marker Number 2406
Atlas Number 5441002406
Marker Title Hattie and Henry Sayles, Sr., House
Index Entry Sayles, Hattie and Henry, Sr., House
Address 642 Sayles Blvd.
City Abilene
County Taylor
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 429693
UTM Northing 3589800
Subject Codes houses, residential buildings; law, lawyers; land surveys, land companies, promotional towns; Queen Anne (Architectural style); Victorian (architectural term); women
Marker Year 1994
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark Yes
Private Property No
Marker Location 642 Sayles Blvd., Abilene
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text Henry Sayles (1852-1916), born and reared near Brenham, Texas, studied law under his father, noted legal scholar John Sayles (1825-1897). Henry practiced law in Galveston where he met and married Hattie McAlpine. The couple moved to Abilene in 1886. Sayles practiced law here in partnership with his father and oversaw real estate belonging to Galveston clients. John and Henry Sayles wrote and published several books on Texas law. Harrie and Henry Sayles, Sr., built this house about 1889, at a time when few homes existed on present-day Sayles Avenue. Portions of the house, including a rear addition built sometime between 1895 and 1903, were remodeled after fire damage in 1941. Extensive renovations of the house began in 1974. The house is an excellent local example of a late Victorian-era dwelling. It features finely-executed queen Anne details, including porches with turned wood posts and balusters, jigsawn brackets and frieze, shingled and decorative wood gable ends, and a decorative brick chimney. As the president of Abilene Land and Improvement Company, Henry Sayles, Sr., was responsible for the development of Abilene's Sayles Avenue neighborhood. The house remained in Sayles' family until 1974. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1995

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