Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

G.W. Sonnefield Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Sonnefield, G.W.
Title: G.W. Sonnefield Collection
Dates: 1891-1912
Accession No.: MA01.6
Quantity: 1 cubic feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St Dallas, TX 75201


George W. Sonnefield was a Dallas contractor/builder in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He moved to Dallas from Terre Haute, Indiana, in the mid-1880s (he first appears in the 1886-87 City Directory). After working as an independent carpenter for a few years, he teamed with Henry J. Emmins in the early 1890s to form Sonnefield & Emmins Construction Company, Inc., at 244 Cochran Avenue. The company offered building services as well as the manufacture and supply of building materials. Some of their early projects included the Dallas County Jail, Bowie County Court House, Jail and Water Works, Hopkins County Courthouse, the interior finish of the Dallas County Court House (Old Red), and the Carnegie Library (Dallas Public Library). Sonnefield also built the family's two residences on Browder Street. Sonnefield & Emmins ceased operations around 1901, and Sonnefield continued working as an independent contractor/carpenter. One of his later projects was building Parkland Hospital in 1912 (opened in 1914). He died April 22, 1919, in Dallas.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a few miscellaneous papers and photographs belonging to George W. Sonnefield. Virginia Fite, granddaughter of Sonnefield, donated the collection on 10/31/01. Mrs. Fite donated other materials relating to Sonnefield's career in Dallas to the Dallas Historical Society sometime in the 1960s.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
George W. Sonnefield
Family Names:
Dallas (Tex)
G.W. Sonnefield Collection

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA01.6 G.W. Sonnefield Collection. Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Processing Information

Processed by Mike Miller

Detailed Description of the Collection


Miscellaneous Papers

Box Folder
1 1 Contract with the City of Dallas to build Parkland Hospital, 1912
2 City of Dallas tax receipts, Browder St. residences (Lot 896), 1891-1908
3 City of Dallas tax receipts, C. C. Sommer & W. Illingsworth (1st Browder St. residence built by Sonnefield), 1901-1908
4 State and County tax receipts, Browder St. residences, 1891-1908
5 State and County tax receipts, C. C. Sommer & Wm. Illingsworth (1st Browder St. residence built by Sonnefield), 1905-1908
6 State and County tax receipt, H. J. Emmins, 1901



Box Folder
2 1 Sonnefield home on 2111 (557) Browder St. (2nd residence). 2 photographs.
2 Sonnefield home on 2115 (561) Browder St. (1st residence). ca. 1896
3 Sonnefield's lumberyard (244 Cochran Ave.). 2 Photographs ca. 1900
4 Store on Liberty Ave. ca. 1918. (1st store in Dallas to sell Mrs. Baird's Bread).
5 Sonnefield family picnic, City Park. ca. 1910s. 4 photographs. (Photographs labeled in ink as Lee Park).
6 George W. Sonnefield. 1891
7 Carnegie Library (Dallas Public Library), under construction. 1900