Details for Colmesneil, W.T., House

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507015459


Marker Number 15459
Atlas Number 5507015459
Marker Title Colmesneil, W.T., House
Index Entry Colmesneil, W.T., House
Address 106 S. Pitzer
City Colmesneil
County Tyler
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 364380
UTM Northing 3420085
Subject Codes vernacular (Architectural term)
Marker Year 2008
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location 106 S. Pitzer
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text Willaim Taylor Colmesneil, the man for whom the town was named, built this house in 1883. He was one of the first conductors on the Texas and New Orleans Railroad, a passenger train that ran from Beaumont to Rockland. According to legend, Colmesneil had the house built facing the railroad tracks so that he could sit on the front porch and warch the trains go by. Colmesneil sold the house to Frank Patterson in 1885 and moved on with the railroad. He married Fannie Taylor in 1886, and one child, Charles, was born to the marriange. Colmesneil worked as a railroad conductor throughout his life and died in Evansville, Indiana in 1907. Cowners of the home after Patterson included J.E. Votaw, Dr. William Martin Van Buren Stewart, Robert L. Mann and Katherine Magouyrk.The original section of the shiplap siding house is a center-passage floor plan with a large room on either side of a hallway and tapered brick chimneys on the ends. Paired double-hung windows are aligned on either side of the chimneys and the entry door. An early addition of rooms and a new porch entry created a modified L-plan layout.Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-2008