Here in San Antonio we had our very own purple house controversy a few years
ago. Author Sandra Cisneros lives in a historic neighborhood called Baja
King William and she painted her late 19th century bungalow purple, in
homage to Tejano traditions. What a tempest she created!!! The historic
design counsel was in a tizzy (SA is VERY conservative), they felt her house
was just to colorful for their sedate, gentrified neighborhood. The
official excuse was the colors she selected were not historically accurate
or representative of the time in which her house was built. Fortunately Ms.
Cisneros stood up these people, and although she had to repaint her house
she was allowed to use bright colors, albeit historically accurate bright
By the way, the house was BEAUTIFUL, in all it's purple glory!
From: Jhirunrtx@aol.com [mailto:Jhirunrtx@aol.com]
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2001 9:39 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: Purple house
My son and I went to a place in Dallas called Old City Park today. It has
old homes, and stores dating from last 1700's to early 1900's. These was a
Victorian style bungalo painted lavender with white trim. It is gorgeous.
Most Victorian houses were painted with colors other than white. I took
pictures of the various homes to use in my architecture lesson. JH