Jenkins Family Houses – Kenley

Peter Jenkins, a highly successful clothing manufacturer who arrived in Fort Worth in 1910, purchased this property in the new Arlington Heights subdivision in 1922 (4630 Collinwood Avenue). Neighborhood reminiscences indicate that this pair of houses was built for Jenkins’s children; city tax records seem to bear this out, showing that Clotilda Biccochi Jenkins owned the properties until 1946.

Both houses are built in the Bungalow style, as one-story blocks with projecting entry porches. The solid wall construction of dressed sandstone is extremely unusual for a simple bungalow; the stone is thought to have been reused from a demolished church. Number 2201-03 to the north, features a central parapeted arch trimmed with brick, and a second parapeted bay facing north on the corner site. This structure recently has been converted into a duplex. Number 2205 exhibits a stone porch with its entry highlighted by a stucco segmental arch between twin stone piers which project above the clipped gable roofline. The porch of this structure has been enclosed. Each house retains a pair of urns flanking the entry. The builder of these eccentric bungalows is unknown.

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