The Fondren House is a 2-story frame house with clapboard siding. Wraparound inset porch is supported by paired Ionic columns on stone piers. Partial second floor wraparound porch, on the front facade with a windowed turret room with wood shingle siding. Wood sash, double-hung windows with 1/1 light configuration. Single-door primary entrance with transom and sidelights. Gabled and turreted roof has box eaves. Significance: Queen Anne style house known as the Walter and Ella Fondren House. Mr. Fondren along with Ross Sterling organized Humble oil Company. Walter W. Fondren and wife (Ella Cochrum) lived in house until they built new home, designed by Alfred Finn, on Montrose Boulevard in 1923 (now La Colombe D'Or Hotel). Sold to National Bank of Commerce Vice President Albert Dee Simpson and his wife, Mamie Tate, whose home it remained until after 1950.
A nice article written by Marie Brannon for the Houston Examiner on the occasion of Walter Fondren's death recounts some of the life of the family that lived in this house in the early part of the 20th century.
"On Valentine's Day 1904, Walter [Fondren] married Ella F. Cochrum. They decided to move to Houston, and their home on Westmoreland Street was built in 1905. ... In the 1910 Census, Walter (known as W.W.) and Ella are shown living on Westmoreland Street with three children: Susie Ella, Mary Catherine and Walter Jr."