Harrison-Morton House – Summit

146 1209 Summit Avenue [NR*/BSHD], Harrison-Morton House, c. 1915. A remnant of the “Quality Hill” neighborhood which stretched along the bluffs overlooking the Trinity River and along both sides of Summit Avenue, this circa 1915 Craftsman bungalow has much in common with the California bungalows designed during this period by well-known architects Greene and Greene. The house was built for James Harrison, a businessman active in real estate and auto supplies. Harrison also served as treasurer of Texas Christian University. Dr. Goodrich V. Morton and his wife Mary purchased the house in 1921. They lived here longer than any other Occupants until 1943. Dr. Morton was one of the southwest’s first obstetricians, and is remembered as having delivered many of Fort Worth’s babies during his 38 years in practice. In 1947 the home became office space, and several life insurance companies have housed a portion of their operations here since that time. The house is distinguished architecturally by the dynamic play of horizontal gabled wings shooting off the central mass. Originally the house featured a pleasing contrast of natural materials – rough red brick, beige stucco, and limestone – but the application of a monochrome color scheme has given the house a much blander appearance. With restoration of the home’s original appearance and further research to determine the identity of the architect, the house may be individually eligible for the National Register. It is also a contributor to the potential Ballinger Street Historic District

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