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McEvine House, 1909 Decatur

This virtually intact Gulf Coast Colonial cottage was built in 1872 for Mr. Edward Thomas McEvine, a railroad machinist.  Like the house behind it at 1904 Kane, it has two front doors to maximize cross ventilation in the days prior to electricity.  This house is an excellent example of a local vernacular modification of the Acadian Cottage that was popular in western Louisiana. Early birds eye maps of Houston showed hundreds of Gulf Coast Colonial cottage scattered throughout the city, less than 20 survive today with most of them in this neighborhood.



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