Carnes Court Apartments – Hemphill

The Carnes Court Apartments consists of two mirror-image buildings flanking a central lawned court. Each building has an elongated L-plan, with polychrome brick walls and interlocking hipped roofs. Garage stalls are at the rear. The complex was designed by Van Slyke & Woodruff and built c. 1918. Alva R. Carnes, a traveling salesman who occupied one of the units, was the developer, though the Management Co. of Texas is listed as an early owner on the tax records. This firm developed or managed several such apartment complexes in the Southside in the late 1910s and 1920s. The Edna Gladney Home purchased the apartments in 1960 and renamed them the Thomas and Wynn Houses (see 2110 Hemphill Street). The Carnes Court Apartments are contributing resources in the Fairmount-Southside Historic District (local and national) and are now owned by the Salvation Army.

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