Details for The Bowers Mansion (Atlas Number 5001008739)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5001008739


Marker Number 8739
Atlas Number 5001008739
Marker Title The Bowers Mansion
Index Entry Bowers Mansion, The
Address 301 S. Magnolia St.
City Palestine
County Anderson
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 250647
UTM Northing 3516854
Subject Codes houses, residential buildings; design and construction
Marker Year 1973
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location SW corner S. Magnolia and W. Bowers streets
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Originally house of merchant Henry Ash; built 1878; bought 1884 by Andrew L. and Nellie O'Connell Bowers, who had architect-builder W. W. Wainright add cupola, gazebo, circular galleries after 1886. Charles Dunbar was architect in 1897 for ornate renovations, and Bowers continued to enlarge and enrich the structure until 1921. Andrew L. Bowers (1852-1926), an International & Great Northern Railroad official, president of Palestine Salt & Coal Co., banker, mayor for 20 years, was active in Anderson County oil discoveries. Four sons, two daughters grew up here; family owned place 72 years. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1973