Splitrock (HM1KG1)

Location: Austin, TX 78703 Travis County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 17.935', W 97° 45.05'

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(Burns-Klein House)

In 1891, Thomas F. Burns bought 3 ¾ acres of the Jones and Sedwick property along the west bank of Shoal Creek. Burns, a Scottish immigrant, married Arbanna J. Nelson in Travis County in 1876. Property records and lumber marked "Sutor & Co." Date his house to circa 1892. Thomas, Arbanna and six children lived here in 1900. Thomas was listed as a stone cutter and owner of a marble shop. He added an additional acre to his homestead in 1901. Thomas' son, Frank C. Burns, owned the Capitol City Marble Co. at 211 W. 6th Street.

In 1911, Thomas Burns sold the property to Hippolyt Dittlinger, owner of Dittlinger Roller Mills in New Braunfels. His niece, Anita Dittlinger Quinlan, and her husband, James, lived here with their three children from 1912-39. In 1939, the Quinlans moved to Fredericksburg and subdivided land surrounding the house into eight city lots on the east side of Splitrock Avenue (later Wooldridge Drive). In 1945, Anita sold the property to Joe H. Klein, Jr., and his wife, Jayne Linville Klein. The 1 ½-story frame house is a vernacular center passage dwelling, designed with three rooms on each side of the hallway. Stairs provided access to the attic and dormer bedrooms. Originally, the east side of the house, looking toward the city, was the front. When Splitrock Avenue became a designated street in Pemberton Heights, primary access was reversed and the west side became the front. The scenic property on a bluff above the creek includes numerous centuries-old live oak trees, the largest of which is a city of Austin registered tree. The house has remained largely unaltered, even as the city has expanded far beyond its once-rural setting.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2013
Marker is property of the State of Texas
HM NumberHM1KG1
Marker Number17636
Year Placed2013
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, May 11th, 2015 at 6:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 620121 N 3352569
Decimal Degrees30.29891667, -97.75083333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 17.935', W 97° 45.05'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 17' 56.1" N, 97° 45' 3" W
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Area Code(s)512
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2805-2815 Wooldridge Dr, Austin TX 78703, US
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