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Property Name R. F. and Minta Pool House
Reference Number 14000403
State Texas
County Milam
Town Cameron
Street Address 901 E. 8th Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/11/2014
Areas of Significance Architecture
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The R. F. and Minta Pool House (also known as the Hefley House locally) was constructed c. 1902 by Jefferson D. Hefley as the cornerstone house of his new Cameron, Texas, subdivision called Hefley Heights. The home's first owner occupants were R. F. and Minta Pool. Pool was a prominent area businessman who owned a large textile manufacturing business. The house is an excellent local example of the Queen Anne style of architecture. The features most recognized are the complex structure of its steeply hipped roof pattern, the full octagonal corner tower, the cross gables on front and west side, and its wrap around veranda that further accentuates the asymmetry of the primary facade. Subtler, but just as important, is the integrity of the ornamental design on the doors, the use of different textured materials on the exterior walls, and the diversity of the size of windows. Taking advantage of manufactured detailing and based upon popular pattern books of the time, the house is an embodiment of this particular type and period of construction. The house's extraordinary integrity is due in part to the Cameron craftsmen's high degree of skill. The house was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (RTHL) in 2002. The R. F. and Minta Pool House is nominated to the National Register of Historic Places at the local level of significance under Criterion C, in the area of architecture. Its period of significance is 1902, the date of its completion.

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