Front Elevation

Front Elevation

Garage-later addition to the home

Garage-later addition to the home

Front door-carved sign by Mansbendel

Front door-carved sign by Mansbendel "Normandy Farms"

Character portrait of Wakefield by Mansbendel-once had a pipe

Character portrait of Wakefield by Mansbendel-once had a pipe

Back of home

Back of home

Exterior of Turret

Exterior of Turret

Living room-similar to the Mansbendel home

Living room-similar to the Mansbendel home

Living room-Austin stone fireplace with Ammonite in center

Living room-Austin stone fireplace with Ammonite in center

Stairway detail by Mansbendel

Stairway detail by Mansbendel

Bedroom door carved with linen fold motif by Mansbendel

Bedroom door carved with linen fold motif by Mansbendel

Example Frame

Paul L Wakefield

Architect/Builder: Mansbendel/Wakefield
Year: 1922
Style: French Normandy Farm
Areas of Significance: Architecture, art
City: Austin

Paul Louis Wakefield, journalist, politician, and soldier, son of John Henry and Della (Hogg) Wakefield, was born at Lovelady, Texas, on May 6, 1895. He attended the public schools there and studied at the University of Texas, where he majored in journalism. He served as an enlisted man in the United States Army in France in World War I. As a newspaperman immediately after the war, Wakefield was with the United Press in Paris and New York. He was on the staff of the Houston Chronicle for ten years and was Texas correspondent for the New York Herald-Tribune during the time of Stanley Walker's editorship. He also wrote special correspondence for the old New York World. In 1927 he was appointed first lieutenant in the Texas National Guard. Over the years he rose to the grade of major general, and in 1949 he was appointed state director of selective service; he retired in 1955. Wakefield served as an aide to governors Ross S. Sterling and Coke R. Stevenson. He was appointed to the planning board of the Public Works Administration in 1934, was at one time a member of the staff of Vice President John Nance Garner, and served as an assistant to Jesse Holman Jones. Wakefield was married on January 24, 1928, to Eleanor L. Wilson; they had one son. The marriage ended in divorce, and on December 22, 1946, Wakefield married Miss William Lois LaLonde in San Antonio. Wakefield died in Austin on March 23, 1961, and was buried in Austin Memorial Park.

Paul L. Wakefield and Peter Mansbendel were close friends and upon his return to Austin after WWI Wakefield convinced his friend to help him built a Normandy farm style home in South Austin. Wakefield had seen this style of homes in France during his time in the war. There are Mansbendel carvings and beautiful touches throughout the home from the doors to a portrait of his friend Wakefield near the front door.
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