Irion House – 8th

The Irion House is an excellent example of the popular American Four-Square, a style influenced by the Prairie School movement of the early 1900s. It has a prominent compound hipped roof with wide boxed eaves, a centrally placed hipped attic dormer, full width porch and double hung windows. The upper story is sheathed with wood shingles and the first floor with dropped siding. The cast columns are original to the house although the molded concrete railing wall was reconstructed from archeological evidence. The first owner of the house was J.W. Irion (1860-1945), a physician and surgeon. Irion served as the State Quarantine Officer under Governor James Steven Hogg, later joining the Fort Worth Life Insurance Company then the Southern Union Life Insurance Company as medical director. Like the neighboring Camp-Scott-Couch-Lampe House, the Irion House suffered insensitive alterations that were reversed by current owners Art and Lynda Brender under the direction of architect Paul Koeppe. Prior to its rehabilitation for use as offices, the house was designated as Highly Significant Endangered in 2001. It is a contributing resource in the Eighth Avenue Historic District (national), listed in 2006.

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