2211 Union

Three lots (10-12) at the corner of Union and Taylor once belonged to Herman Loock, a blacksmith who lived from about 1880 to 1900 on the corner lot.  The gabled-front Folk Victorian duplex at 2211 Union on lot 10 was probably built in 1900 by Mary Tavares.  Between January 1903 and October 1904 Gustave Artz, a butcher, acquired the 3 lots that previously belonged to Herman Loock.  During 4 decades Gustave and his wife Dora, a Rumanian immigrant, lived in 4 houses that they owned, which were the 3 houses on lots 10-12 and a house in the First Ward.  2211 Union was inherited by Gustave Artz's sister in 1942.  She and her married daughter lived there briefly, and then in 1948 three siblings born in Texas bought it for their parents Paul and Lola Gonzales, born in Mexico, and the family.  Ownership remains in the Gonzales family.  In city directories the house is explicitly a duplex between 1923-24 and 1960 with two addresses 2211 and 2213. 

Made 1 Nov 1973 for appraisal purposes.  Courtesy Harris Co. Archives.

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