Details for Vuylstekke House (Atlas Number 5245010579)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5245010579


Marker Number 10579
Atlas Number 5245010579
Marker Title Vuylstekke House
Index Entry Vuylstekke House
Address 1831 Lakeshore Dr.
City Port Arthur
County Jefferson
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 410781
UTM Northing 3306085
Subject Codes Colonial Revival; immigration; houses, residential buildings
Marker Year 1996
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text Born in Rotterdam, Holland, Adrianus Jacobus Maria Vuylstekke (1873-1912) immigrated to the U. S. in 1893. In 1894-96 he moved to Texas and helped plat the town of Port Arthur. Following his marriage to Nettie Minerva White in 1898, they settled in Port Arthur. Vuylstekke was an agent for various shipping lines and assistant secretary of the American Land and Oil Company. In 1903 he was appointed Dutch Vice-Consul in Port Arthur, and Dutch Consul in 1906, both by royal decree of the Netherlands. Built for the Vuylstekke family in 1905, this house was constructed by J. E. Alexander in about 75 days. Reflecting the Dutch heritage of its original owner, the colonial revival style house features a full width balustraded porch with classical columns, a pedimented entry bay, centered dormers, and pilasters that articulate the corners of the building. The Vuylstekkes sold the house in 1908 to John W. Tryon, mayor of Port Arthur from 1917 to 1921. Subsequent owners Howard and Olive Fuss moved the home in 1939 to this location. Later remodeled into apartments, it gradually deteriorated and was vacant. The home was purchased by the Port Arthur College Foundation in 1980 and restored by 1986. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1996