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THE SWISS AVENUE
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SWISS AVENUE









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4949   4933

YEAR BUILT: 1917
ARCHITECT/BUILDER: Architect: C.P. Sites
ORIGINAL OWNER: Jesse D. Padgitt
ORIGINAL
DESCRIPTION:
Two story 4-Sqaure/Prairie. Yellow brick. Red tile roof; low hip roof; wide overhang. Large entry porch w/slotted brick piers. Cast stone ornaments. Full width raised open terrace; six square stone planters. Recessed two story wing on left w/visor roof. Recessed one sotry porte cochere on right. Small square panes in main window transoms.
OF INTEREST: Jesse Padgitt was a founder of the Padgitt Brothers Company, a major leather goods firm that originally made saddles, harnesses, and pistol holsters but turned to the design and manufacture of medical packs during World War I. To discourage Mr. Padgitt's aid to the American forces, saboteurs repeatedly threatened his life and once unsuccessfully attempted to dynamite this house. In 1952, Martin M. Crane purchased the house. Mr. Crane was Lieutenant Governor of Texas under Governor Hogg and later served as the stateês Attorney General.
VIDEOS: Swiss Avenue Historic District - Mother's Day Home Tour 2005