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More McCanless structures identified

The Telfair House at 209 N. Preston St. is one of the best known and earliest examples of McCanless’s work. Built by him in 1902, it was commissioned by J.S. Telfair of the H&TC Railroad. Presenting the home as a wedding gift to his wife, the former May Allen, J.S. insisted on a number of stipulations in his contract with Hix. He specified that salvageable wood and fittings from a house that had recently burned on the site be used in the construction, and that all newly acquired wood be of “the best clear yellow pine, no knots or imperfections whatever.” “There was also some sort of land swap with St. Joseph Catholic Church which was located across the street from the house back then,” Telfair’s grandson, Ray C. Telfair, the home’s current owner, recounted. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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