Giddings-Wilkin House

805 Crocket St., Brenham, Texas

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Description 

The GIddings-Wilkin House was built in 1843 as a 1-1/2 story residence by Jabez Deming Giddings for bride, Ann Tarver. Between 1860 and 1872 the house was enlarged to a full two story structure with bay windows and front porch on the first floor and an attached kitchen in the rear. The main house has a zinc-lined recessed roof-reservoir behind a deep cornice. The collected rainwater provided insulation and fire protection, and fed an underground cistern for use in the home. The best quality cedar, cypress, pine and oak were used in the construction and additions to the house... -- Historic American Buildings Survey

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 12, 1976
Reference number
76002081
Architectural style
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Area of significance
Architecture
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current functions
Museum; Organizational
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1800-1824; 1825-1849
Significant year
1843

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