Benton House – 6th

Meredith A. Benton, a native of Vermont, was an executive with the Lorillard Tobacco Co. and traveled extensively in North Texas and the Oklahoma Territory. He moved to Fort Worth with his wife, Ella Belle, in c.1898 and took possession of this house, built under the supervision of his father, William A. Benton, a contractor from Kansas City. It is a fine example of a Victorian residence, with wrap-around porch supported by lathed posts and ornamental brackets, decorative shingles and intricate gable braces. It is situated on a large corner lot with mature trees and white picket fence. Still owned by descendants of Meredith and Ella Belle Benton, the house received a Texas Historic Building Medallion in 1971, and has been listed on the National Register. The Benton House is also a contributing resource in the Fairmount-Southside Historic District (local and national).

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