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Catain N. A. Birge House
(727 W. Birge, Sherman)


Connecticut native Noble Allan Birge (1832-1902) came to Texas prior to the Civil War Settling in Jefferson with his wife and children, he was the first elected sheriff of Marion County in 1860.Following his service as a captain in the confederate army, Birge became a leading businessman in Jefferson. The owner of a livery stable and numerous city lots, he was an active civic leader involved in such endeavors as a railroad company and a navigation company. The Birge family moved to Grayson County in 1874, settling first on a farm north of Sherman. N. A. Birge soon became a prominent local businessman and industrialist, operating a large cotton brokerage firm and other cotton related businesses. This home was built for Birge in 1896, shortly after the great Sherman tornado destroyed an 1877 structure on the same site. Exhibiting both Queen Anne and Classical Revival style influences, the house features flamboyant Classical Revival touches in its gables with garlands, giant order roman ionic columns, pedimented (segmental arch) windows, and smaller columns that are half-doric and half-turned. The home remained in the Birge family until 1969. (RTHL - 1988)