More Historic Homes of Waco, Texas

978-1-64843-118-0 Cloth
9 x 10 x 0 in
272 pp. 85 photos. Map. Appendix. Bib. Index.
Pub Date: 02/23/2024
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As with his well-received first book on the historic homes of Waco, architectural historian Kenneth Hafertepe brings to life the colorful and varied pasts of an entirely new set of notable residences in this city. Hafertepe extends coverage beyond the typical focus on homes of the more well-to-do classes. Included here are “homes of saloon keepers, horse traders, saddlers, ministers, bookkeepers, candy store owners, and laborers” as well as the residences of lawyers, doctors, and wealthy merchants, among others.
With a blend of meticulous research, beautiful color photographs, and accessible, entertaining writing, Hafertepe presents these historic homes as a lens on the history and sociology of Waco, Texas, showing how immigrants from Western and Central Europe, West Asia, and other places of origin, along with African Americans, Mexican Americans, Anglo-Americans, and others, made places and lives for themselves and their families in this central Texas community. The result, as described by Hafertepe, is “an intricate tapestry, with materials contributed by Black Wacoans as well as white; by immigrants from abroad and people born elsewhere in the United States. . . . These houses tell stories of successes and failures, triumphs and tragedies, dreams that came true and dreams that were denied. These houses speak to the complexity of the human condition and to the ongoing experiments that are Waco, Texas, and the United States of America.”

Published by Texas A&M University Press