Homes in the heART of Huntsville

Kellogg-Pritchett House

For the last week of heART of Huntsville, we gathered at one of the oldest homes in Huntsville: The Kellogg-Pritchett Home.

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Ms. Mary Laura Gibbs, the owner and renovator of the home, greeted us to provide a historical overview of the Huntsville landmark.

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The Kellogg-Pritchett House was built around 1890 by a Sam Houston mathematics professor, Joseph Lucien Pritchett and his wife Lenora. In its entire history–almost 130 years–it has only been lived in by two families: the Pritchetts and the Kelloggs. The Pritchetts lived in the home from 1890-1945, and the Kellogg family owned it from 1945 until William Kellogg’s death in 2004. In 2006, Ms. Gibbs bought the home to renovate and preserve its Victorian folk-art design.

The house is not in its original form. The walls of the main entrance were once covered in layers of wallpaper, but now they have been updated with a rich teal color – a staple of a Victorian home.

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The house also inhabits a water painting by Kate Pritchett which illustrated what the Pritchett farm looked like when it was first constructed. Additionally, Ms. Gibbs discovered the original rolling doors that partitioned the main entrance from the front parlor – a room which was used to host many parties.

In the next room, we found windows that extended from the floor all the way up the wall. Before air conditioning was invented, these windows were used to cool the house during the sweltering Texas summers, and it allowed the kids to roam and play outside.

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The fireplace also resides in the living room and is is lined in what looks like bathroom tiles, however each tile had a painting in blue paint that referenced a Biblical story.

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In the next room, we discovered a Lee Jamison makeover. When you walk into the room, the mural gives the illusion that you are standing under a gazebo.

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Green vinery scaled the walls, along with hidden Texas native creatures such as spiders and birds. There are also special Lee Jamison creatures such as the Lone Star Butterfly and the red, white, and blue garden snake. Mr. Jamison also showed us his painting of Café Texan at night.  The Gazebo room was a special hit for the evening…

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…and was enhanced by the artist’s presence during the tour.

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From there, we filed into the kitchen which was painted in a vibrant red and yellow. This color scheme was very popular in European countries during the Victorian era. Next, we were shown an addition to the house that served as a school house for the children. Previously, this addition to the house was utilized as a Presbyterian church and later a barn.

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This concluded our wonderful tour of the Kellogg-Pritchett Home. After thanking Ms. Gibbs for the tour, everyone made their way to the Wynne Home to settle our rising appetites.

Wynne Home: Dinner

When we arrived at the Wynne Home, we were teased by the pleasant smell of dinner. While patiently waiting our meals to be served, we enjoyed the Día de Los Muertos decorations and the tours given by Professor Yawn.

Afterwards, everyone gathered in the gallery and took an unexpected quiz to measure how much they learned over the course of the four weeks.

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Shortly after finishing our quizzes, Lee Jamison offered to give a brief overview of his F.M. 405 Exhibit. He explained that he wanted to capture the beauty of east Texas because we often fail to recognize and give reverence to the beauty that surrounds us.

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To conclude our night, and sadly heART of Huntsville, we enjoyed a lovely dinner prepared by Ms. Chasteen – A Friend of the Wynne – and left the Wynne Home with a deep appreciation for art, history, and Huntsville.

 

 

 

Privacy in the 21st Century: Cyrus Farivar

Brazos Book Store is a LEAP Ambassador favorite. This cozy book store host a number of events every month and we love making our way to Houston for a fun evening out.

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Cyrus Farivar is a Senior Tech Policy Reporter at Ars Technica, as well as an author and radio producer. His second book, Habeas Data, is about the U.S. cases over the last 50 years that have had an impact on surveillance and privacy.SHSU, LEAP Center, Center for Law Engagement And Politics , Brazos Bookstore, Cyrus Farivar, Habeas Data

During his book talk, he painted a picture of events that unfolded and eventually lead to some of the most important privacy and surveillance case decisions.

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It was so interesting to hear about a tracking device used to find a meth lab or big and bulky recorders inside of phone booths used to capture illegal gambling and how the placement of such devices, timing, and not having a warrant can all effect whether the evidence was legally obtained.

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The most interesting part was when Cyrus was reading a excerpt from his book. It was describing the events of a supreme court case that took place 10 years ago where a justice speculated about a future where all vehicles have a GPS. Now, we all carry around GPS systems in the palm of our hands with cell phones.

 

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As we made our way to Azuma for dinner, the car was filled with chatter about the surveillance technology and privacy, and this was a discussion we continued at one of our favorite Japanese restaurants. 

We love to order family style appetizers and entrees and share so that we can try more food.  We ordered a sample of 10 skewers that included 8 meats and 2 vegetables such as black cod, steak, and peppers.

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For our main meal, we asked the waiter to give us 5 different of his favorite sushi rolls. He did a great job and we enjoyed the rolls he picked for us.

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Full from raw fish, rice, and soy sauce, we made our way back to Huntsville.