In 1958, Architect E. Lester Swanson designed and built this home in Harlingen for his family.
in addition to the house’s modernistic design, the family has an interesting history of its own.
His wife Betty, who is no longer living, was the sister of the Brownsville historian, Ruby Armstrong Wooldridge. They were the great-granddaughters of the Belgian immigrant merchant, Michel Schodts, and his wife, Susana Díaz, who was from Matamoros.
The Fernández-Schodts Building at 11th and Washington on Market Square was their great-grandfather’s store.
Text provided by Rice University Professor Stephen Fox. Photos by Nydia Tapia-Gonzales.