Remembering the Historic Young House

Throwback Thursday

Today, the Young House in Brownsville is almost as it was in its original state in 1912.

“If you look at the architecture of this house, it’s dramatic and it pretty well speaks what was going on at the turn of the century,” said Eugene Fernandez Historic Brownsville Museum Director. 

The century year old Young house was built at a time when Brownsville was growing at a rapid pace, and it’s beauty can be seen from the inside and out.

“It’s hard to maintain it and to preserve something like this, shows a classic period of architecture, shows an era of society that we should never lose sight of,” Fernandez said, who had an aunt grow up in the house.  

The house features classic interior architecture from the early 1900s, including fireplaces, staircases, windows and original oak wood that the notable Young family fashioned.

“John Young was a larger than life figure by far a lot of his life and family is written into the pages of history for South Texas,” Fernandez said. 

Young was a wealthy rancher and land owner who controlled many acres in the upper Rio Grande Valley. He had the house built in 1912, but reportedly died in 1913, one year after its completion. 

He was survived by wife Alberta Young and daughter Sarah Young Fernandez.  

The house remained in the Young family until the 195Os, which is just one of the pioneer families that settled in present day downtown.

“All of the great families that founded South Texas lived in Brownsville,” Fernandez said. 

Today, the Young house, which is now home to the office of the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation, serves as reminder of the importance of preservation.

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