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Briscoe-Garner Museum, Uvalde

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The John Nance Garner House, located in Uvalde, Texas, United States, was the home of American Vice-President John Nance Garner and his wife Ettie from 1920 until Ettie's death in 1948. Garner, a native of Uvalde, lived there until 1952, when he moved to a small cottage on the property and donated the main house to the City of Uvalde as a memorial to Mrs. Garner. The house is now known as the Briscoe-Garner Museum, and also known as the Ettie R. Garner Memorial Building.
The structure is a two-story H-shaped tan brick home with dark wood shingles highlighted by a row of red clay tiles. It was built to plans by Atlee B. Ayres, at the time the most prominent architect in San Antonio, if not the state. The building housed the community library until about 1973. It then became a museum, using the first floor for displays documenting Garner's life and career.
The main house and cottage were designated a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 8, 1976.
On November 20, 1999, the City of Uvalde transferred ownership of the Garner Home and Museum to the University of Texas at Austin, whereupon it became a division of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. In 2011, the University closed the house to the public for renovations. The displays were moved to the First State Bank of Uvalde main branch lobby. When the renovations are complete, the first floor will still be devoted to Garner, and the second floor will have new exhibits dedicated to Dolph Briscoe, the 41st Governor of Texas and also a Uvalde native.
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  • Excellent museum of very important and interesting Texas leaders. Staff was pleasant. Educational. The beautiful house where the Museum is located in a beautiful neighborhood in Uvalde.  more »
  • This museum provides a glimpse into Texas and US history. Both John Nance Garner and Dolph Briscoe are interesting but not well known. Definitely worth visiting.  more »
  • Beautiful house to visit. Interesting exhibits related to John Nance Garner. Not sure why the second floor is dedicated to Dolph Briscoe.
  • Great history lesson for us!! My 13yr olds enjoyed the history scavenger hunt...Great find
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