John Nance Garner House

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John Nance Garner House
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The John Nance Garner House
John Nance Garner House is located in Texas
John Nance Garner House
John Nance Garner House
John Nance Garner House is located in the US
John Nance Garner House
John Nance Garner House
Location 333 N. Park St.,
Uvalde, Texas
Coordinates 29°12′44″N 99°47′32″W / 29.21222°N 99.79222°W / 29.21222; -99.79222Coordinates: 29°12′44″N 99°47′32″W / 29.21222°N 99.79222°W / 29.21222; -99.79222
Area 3.5 acres (1.4 ha)
Built 1920 (1920)
Architect Atlee B. Ayres
NRHP reference # 76002074[1]
TSAL # 646
RTHL # 2795
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 8, 1976
Designated NHL December 8, 1976[2]
Designated TSAL May 28, 1981
Designated RTHL 1962

The John Nance Garner House, located in Uvalde, Texas, United States, was the home of American Vice-President John Nance Garner and his wife Ettie from 1920 until Ettie's death in 1948. Garner, a native of Uvalde, lived there until 1952, when he moved to a small cottage on the property and donated the main house to the City of Uvalde as a memorial to Mrs. Garner. The house is now known as the Briscoe-Garner Museum, and also known as the Ettie R. Garner Memorial Building.

The structure is a two-story H-shaped tan brick home with dark wood shingles highlighted by a row of red clay tiles. It was built to plans by Atlee B. Ayres, at the time the most prominent architect in San Antonio, if not the state.[3] The building housed the community library until about 1973. It then became a museum, using the first floor for displays documenting Garner's life and career.

The main house and cottage were designated a National Historic Landmark[2][4] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 8, 1976.

On November 20, 1999, the City of Uvalde transferred ownership of the Garner Home and Museum to the University of Texas at Austin, whereupon it became a division of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. In 2011, the University closed the house to the public for renovations. The displays were moved to the First State Bank of Uvalde main branch lobby. When the renovations are complete, the first floor will still be devoted to Garner, and the second floor will have new exhibits dedicated to Dolph Briscoe, the 41st Governor of Texas and also a Uvalde native.[5]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "John Nance Garner House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved March 30, 2008. 
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  4. ^ George R. Adams and Ralph Christian (April 1976). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: John Nance Garner House / Ettie R. Garner Memorial Building" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying three photos, exterior, from 1976 (32 KB)
  5. ^ "Briscoe-Garner Museum - Introduction". The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 

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