Details for Howard E. and Mary Butt House (Atlas Number 5061012785)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5061012785


Marker Number 12785
Atlas Number 5061012785
Marker Title Howard E. and Mary Butt House
Index Entry Butt, Howard E. and Mary, House
Address 718 E. Taylor
City Harlingen
County Cameron
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 631104
UTM Northing 2896880
Subject Codes houses, residential buildings; Business topics, general
Marker Year 2000
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location 718 E. Taylor
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Howard E. and Mary Butt House In 1929 entrepreneur Howard E. Butt moved the headquarters of his developing grocery business to Harlingen. The following year, Howard and his wife, Mary, bought this house from its builders, John and Ruth Townsend, a few months after its completion. During the 1930s, Howard's business (H.E.B. Grocery) grew to more than 28 stores in the Rio Grande Valley and South Texas. Known also for their philanthropy and civic work in Harlingen, Howard and Mary Butt lived here until 1940 but owned the house until 1943. Distinguished by its Palladian windows and spiral entry columns, the architectural style of the house is best described as Italian Renaissance. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2000