The Kellum-Noble House at Sam Houston Park in Houston, Texas. The oldest surviving brick house in Houston was built by Nathaniel Kellum in 1847. A Virginian who came to Houston in 1839, Kellum operated a brick kiln, a tannery and saw mill on the property. During the 1850s Mrs. Zerviah M. Noble conducted one of Houston's first private schools in this house. In 1954 interested citizens organized the Heritage Society to save the house from destruction. Kellum-Noble is the only house in the Park on its original site. Photograph taken on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009.