McClendon Price House - 1906

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Stylistic influence(s): Prairie Style with Spanish Revival details; series of Beaux-Arts and Mediterranean details include rusticated porch columns and a cartouche and garlands on the front dormer. Foursquare with massive hipped roof, one-story front porch, extended bay on southwest/front façade.
Architect/Builder: Designed by Charles H. Page (1876-1957), possibly with his brother Louis Page (1883-1934), who was first listed as an architect in 1906 directory. Contractor: Polemus
Historic Use: Residence
Current Use: Residence
Historical designations:
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
City of Austin Historic Landmark
Building History
The McClendon-Price House is listed as 1606 Pearl beginning in 1916, but was originally 1600 in the 1909 and 1912 City Directories, as Pearl did not exist between 16th and 17th until circa 1915.

In 1905, W. T. Watt of Waco purchased property (lots 10 and 11 are from the original c. 1940 S.G. Haynie headright) from Pearl to Shoal Creek, and 16th to 17th, and allowed his daughter Annie Hale Watt and her new husband, James Wooten McClendon (1873-1972) to build their foursquare Prairie Style home with Spanish Revival details on the corner of 17th and Pearl. Here the couple spent their first night and entertained on the Texas Governor’s inaugural evening in January 1907. [Married 12/14/1904] and lived here until 1926, when they moved into their summer house, “The Towers on Town Lake,” later known as the Westwood Country Club.

Judge & Mrs. Thomas B. Greenwood rented the home from 1926 to 1937, and Judge Charles G. Krueger from 1937-42. Dr. Henry and Aldo Blaustone began renting in 1943 and purchased the home in 1944, remaining there until 1958. It was sold to Edwin B. and Betty Love Price in 1960. The home remains in the hands of their daughter, Patricia Price Monroe. COA.

Significant Persons Associated with Building
1906-1926/44: James Wooten McClendon was born in West Point, Georgia. His father was a merchant and mayor of West Point. In 1889 his widowed mother moved her five children to Laredo, where she worked for 21 years as a missionary. McClendon graduated from UT in 1895 and received his law degree there in 1897.

McClendon practiced law in Austin for 21 years, serving as president of the Travis County Bar Association in 1912-13. In 1918 he was appointed by Gov. Hobby to the Commission of Appeals, where he served for five years, the last two as chief justice. In 1923 he was appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Civil Appeals, Associate Justice of the State Supreme Court, where he remained until 1949.

McClendon was a friend and attorney of Elisabeth Ney; he established a foundation to support the Elisabet Ney Texas Fine Arts Association, and also served as the first president of the Texas Fine Arts Association (1911-17). As a Texas Alumni, her served on committees that helped build Gregory Gym, Memorial Stadium, Kirby Hall and the University YMCA. He also served for over 40 years on the board of directors of the Scottish Rite Dormitory.

1926-37: Judge Thomas B. Greenwood (1872-1946) served on the Supreme Court of Texas (1918-34) and was appointed a Regent of UT in 1907. Krueger served as a commissioner of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (1933-1950) and County Judge of Austin County. After retirement from the Supreme Court, he practiced with Greenwood, Moody & Robertson.

1937-42: Judge Charles G. Krueger served as a commissioner of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (1933-1950), 20 years as attorney for Sealy Mattress Company, and County Judge of Austin County

1943-1958: Dr. Henry Blaustone (1893-1985), physician, surgeon.

1960-current: Edwin B. Price (born, Brownwood: 1909 - died 1976) – UT head football coach (1951-56), Lettered in 3-sports; football, baseball, basketball (Captain) (1929-32). Longhorn “Hall of Honor” (1974) and UT Dean of Students. Meet his bride, Betty Love Rugeley (died 1998) while recruiting football players at House Park. – Born in Matagorda (1912) where the Rugeley clan arrived in Texas (circa 1845) to bring “21 Sons for Texas”. Reading & Physical-Ed Teacher, Austin High. Wrote the lyrics to AHS fight song “Loyal Forever”. She founded AHS “Red Jackets”, women’s drill team. AHS “Hall of Honor” (2001). Daughter and artist Patricia Isbel Price now resides in the home with husband Bill Monroe, CPA and sons Win & Price.