Built in the late 19th century, McClendon House serves as a perfect example of grand Victorian style in Tyler. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, McClendon House is also a Texas State Historical Landmark and received its designation as a Tyler Historical Landmark in 1984.
Attorney Harrison Whitaker and his wife Mattie, the daughter of a prominent Texas State Supreme Court Associate Justice, constructed the home in 1878 after they were given the land as newlyweds. Selecting a distinctive East Lake Bracketed architectural design for their two-story home, the Whitakers filled the house with furniture, mantels, light fixtures and more purchased from New York. Soon the home became a focal point for Tyler society, but unfortunately Mattie died prematurely and the house was sold five years later to Mattie’s younger sister, Annie, and her husband Sidney McClendon. The youngest of the McClendons' nine children, Sarah, later became a famous Washington, D.C., news journalist whose professional career spanned for decades.
In 1981 after the home fell into disrepair, the McClendon family donated to a non-profit organization that restored and opened the house to the public in 1988. Today, the beautifully refurbished McClendon House is open for tours and a wide range of special events. Make your plans to discover a piece of Texas history by exploring this beautiful historic home.
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