Norton-Polk-Mathis House

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Norton-Polk-Mathis House
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Norton-Polk-Mathis House in 2014
Norton-Polk-Mathis House is located in Texas
Norton-Polk-Mathis House
Norton-Polk-Mathis House
Norton-Polk-Mathis House is located in the US
Norton-Polk-Mathis House
Norton-Polk-Mathis House
Location Bexar County, Texas
Coordinates 29°24′50″N 98°29′39.3″W / 29.41389°N 98.494250°W / 29.41389; -98.494250Coordinates: 29°24′50″N 98°29′39.3″W / 29.41389°N 98.494250°W / 29.41389; -98.494250
Built 1876
Part of King William Historic District (#72001349)
NRHP Reference # 72001349[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 20, 1972
Designated RTHL 1971

The Norton-Polk-Mathis House, also known Villa Finale, is a historic house in San Antonio, Texas, United States.

Local merchant Russel C. Norton began construction on the house in 1876. The house was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1971.[2]

It is a contributing property to the King William Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also a National Trust Historic Site, the only one in Texas.[3]

The house was remodeled with additions of a second story, rear gallery, and Italian Renaissance Revival Tower. Other owners included rancher Edwin Polk and cattleman Ike T. Pryor.[2] The house was then turned into a boarding house until 1967, when it was purchased by local civic leader Walter Nold Mathis.

Mathis spent two years restoring the house and named it Villa Finale as he planned on it being his last home. He then purchased fourteen other homes in the King William neighborhood, restored them and sold them to others whom he hoped would continue to preserve them. The home was donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2004 which operates it as a museum.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Norton-Polk-Mathis House". Texas Historic Sites Atlas. Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "About Villa Finale". VILLA FINALE: MUSEUM & GARDENS. National Trust for Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 

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