Buna, Texas: The Polka Dot House

First painted in polka dots in the late 1940s by its builder, Virgil Newton Davis, and maintained in dots ever since. The colors have occasionally varied over the years.

Address:
Main St., Buna, TX
Directions:
North side of town. On the west side of Main St./Hwy 62 about a quarter-mile south of its intersection with US Hwy 96.
Admission:
Free
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Polka Dot House.

Polka Dot House

While visiting my grandmother in Buna I stopped at the Polka Dot House. The business was closed as it was Easter Sunday, but a young lady who works there happened to stop by to check on something. She gave me the history: When Mr. Odell purchased the house, his wife wanted to paint it white and he really wanted to paint the house blue. So, being a smarty pants, he painted it white but with blue polka dots, so that he and his wife both got what they wanted! The house is currently a gift shop.

[Donyale Ruffin, 04/21/2012]

Nov. 30, 2012: Julie Davis Richards sets the record straight: "My grandfather, Virgil Newton Davis, built and painted this home. My late father, Virgil Jud Davis, grew up in that house and it was sold by my late grandmother, Nila Davis, to the O'Dells. Mr. O'Dell never painted that house with polka dots because they couldn't agree on the color of it at all. In fact, my grandfather passed away from a heart attack in 1950 while digging a hole for a septic tank he was putting in (for a duplex that he intended to paint with horseshoes and tear drops on respective sides of the duplex). My father was 15 years old when this happened and resided in the polka dot house with my grandmother, his sister and younger brother until he graduated from Buna H.S. in 1953."

Polka Dot House

I remember it being red and blue dots on the house, and my parents actually were married there in 1962. I believe it was the courthouse at that time.

[Kim Miller, 01/25/2012]
Polka Dot House

The Polka Dot House is painted in royal blue polka dots for the school colors. The Polka Dot House is owned by Ted O'Dell. It is inhabited by Above & Beyond Florist and Gifts, open 6 days a week. Everyone is welcome to stop in to shop, visit, and take pictures.

[Randall Clark, 11/03/2011]

Polka dot house.

Polka Dot House

The home was originally painted in red and blue dots back as far as I remember. Maybe early 1970's. Currently painted in navy blue "dots."

My mothers family lived and went to school in Buna. Much has changed in Buna since the 1960's. My mother left Buna in the 40's, but I still travel there often to visit.

[B.Bates, 02/21/2010]
Polka Dot House

In tiny Buna, Texas, just north of Beaumont, is a house painted with purple polka dots that has been a local curiosity for years. The home's owner originally painted the dots and later opted to paint it solid but reportedly locals would sneak up in the middle of the night and the polka-dots would return. I think it houses the Buna Chamber of Commerce now. I'm not certain.

[Richard Smith, 01/02/1999]

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