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Waxahachie in Pen and Ink - illustrated by Kent Brewer. Signed.
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6x9-inch softcover published in 2002. 65 page volume, Waxahachie in Pen and Ink: An Illustrated Guide to the Gingerbread City, contains 28 of Kent's beautiful drawings of such revered structures as the Hines-Timmons Home, built in 1895, and the Citizens National Bank, built in 1905.

"My intent was to create an illustrated cross section of these still existing properties," Kent wrote in the introduction to his book. "The subjects were chosen at random, except for a few commissioned works." In Waxahachie in Pen and Ink, Kent tells of the history of Waxahachie's days as a cotton mecca, and explains why so many charming local homes and other properties have escaped the wrecking ball of progress. "In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Waxahachie experienced a period of tremendous growth and wealth," he wrote. "Ellis County became the largest cotton producer in the nation. But overdependence on this crop and the rapid fall of production in the 1920s created a sudden halt in local prosperity." The fact may have meant hardship for residents at the time, but for posterity it was a blessing in disguise. The financial standstill caused Victorian homes and other old buildings, which would likely have been razed if prosperity had continued, to be essentially frozen in time.

Kent's sketches provide an excellent overview of examples of the more than 300 historically designated locations throughout the city's five historic districts. These include the Ellis County Courthouse District, the West End, Oldham Avenue, Wyatt Street Shotgun Houses and North Rogers Street. Many of the homes he has illustrated are distinguished by the National Register or the Texas Historical Medallion markers, as well as by designations selected by Historic Waxahachie, Inc. and the Gingerbread Trail.
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