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Tanglewood / William G. Farrington papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS 0539
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents note

William Giddings Farrington was born September 10, 1901 in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. He died in Houston on November 30, 1967.

He was a real estate developer of residential and commercial property in the Greater Houston Area. He is especially known for creating Tanglewood, wealthy neighborhood located west of the Galleria area in Houston, Texas. He also was known for creating the Fairmont Park subdivisions and the Post Oak Shopping Center. He served as a director of several Houston area banks and savings and loan associations.

He was a communicant of St. John The Divine Episcopal Church. He was involved in numerous organizations in the Houston area, including the Institute of Religion in the Texas Mexical Center, St. Luke's Hospital, Rice University, University of Houston, the Houston Symphony Society, Houston Grand Opera Association, and the Kiwanis Club of Houston.

He was married to Bernice Brunson of Anadarko, Oklahoma. He had one daughter, Mary Catherine, and four granchildren.

The collection contains fives series covering real estate ventures and other organizations and interests, Fairmont Park, Tanglewood, publicity, photos and oversize materials. The materials cover the years 1937 to 2000 and are in excellent shape. This collection consists of 3.5 linear feet (7 boxes).

Sources: "Kiwanis International, Kiwanis Club of Houston, In Memorium, William Giddings Farrington," MS 539 box 2 folder 5.

Dates

  • 1937-2000

Creator

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research but requires 24 hrs. for retrieval. Please call ahead at 713-348-2586 or e-mail woodson@rice.edu.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Tanglewood/William G. Farrington papers, 1937-2000, MS539, must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Biographical note

William Giddings Farrington was born September 10, 1901 in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. He died in Houston on November 30, 1967.

He was a communicant of St. John The Divine Episcopal Church. He was involved in numerous organizations in the Houston area, including the Institute of Religion in the Texas Mexical Center, St. Luke's Hospital, Rice University, University of Houston, the Houston Symphony Society, Houston Grand Opera Association, and the Kiwanis Club of Houston.

For many years, he was active in real estate subdivision development and in residential and shopping center construciton. Some of his accomplishments, include Tanglewood and Fairmont Park subdivisions and the Post Oak Shopping Center. He served as a director of several Houston area banks and savings and loan associations. He was married to Bernice Brunson of Anadarko, Oklahoma. He had one daughter, Mary Catherine, and four granchildren.

Sources: "Kiwanis International, Kiwanis Club of Houston, In Memorium, William Giddings Farrington," MS 539 box 2 folder 5.

Extent

5 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

William G. Farrington, 1901-1967, was a real estate developer of residential and commercial property in the Greater Houston Area. He is especially known for creating Tanglewood, wealthy neighborhood located west of the Galleria area in Houston, Texas. He also was known for creating the Fairmont Park subdivisions and the Post Oak Shopping Center. He served as a director of several Houston area banks and savings and loan associations. The collection contains fives series covering real estate ventures and other organizations and interests, Fairmont Park, Tanglewood, publicity, photos, and oversize materials. The materials cover the years 1937 to 2000 and are in excellent shape. This collection consists of 3.5 linear feet (7 boxes).

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in six series: Real estate ventures, organizations and interests; Fairmont Park; Tanglewood; publicity; photos; and oversize materials.

Accruals

No further items are expected to be added to this collection.
Title
Guide to the Tanglewood / William G. Farrington Papers, 1937-2000
Status
Completed
Author
Rebecca Russell
Date
2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Contact:
Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA