Several decades ago, Granbury began to transform itself from a sleepy little town into a tourist destination. Being about an hour from Ft. Worth makes it attractive to city folk for a day or a week-end jaunt. Now, gift shops, restaurants, bed and breakfast homes, and special events like the Candlelight Tour of Homes this past weekend have provided a healthy economy for the area.
Most of the homes on the tour were within walking distance of the courthouse square. The first home we visited from the list provided with our ticket purchase was the above house built in the early ’60’s. The most recent homeowner has decorated with as much retro furniture and accessories as she could find.
This nook is just off the main hallway leading to the two bedrooms. It’s obviously Santa’s office.
There is a collection of angels inherited from the owner’s mother plus some that she has bought.
The dining room table placed to one side of the living room is set with dishes from her mother.
In the galley kitchen is a breakfast table also set with period pieces obtained from several different places. For those of us who lived through that time, the orange and turquoise bring back memories.
I regretfully did not get an overall picture of any of the rooms. In my defense, it was difficult with groups of people touring and the small size of the rooms.
The back porch had been enclosed. Period chairs, a sofa, and small end tables make for a cozy retreat. The angel wings were made by a local artist.
I tend to focus on small decorative items.
The next house was built in the late 1880’s.
To the right of the main house and set back is a new addition which had a large master bedroom and bath upstairs and a den living area downstairs.
The kitchen had also been renovated. The homeowner answered my questions how many changes could be allowed and still have a state historical site designation. Her answer: inside renovations are not a major concern but outside changes are carefully monitored. The original house must be evident from the outside. So even if the addition was constructed to match, there must be enough different details to show it to be new. Also, any additions must follow the original roof line. Each step of the process required copious paperwork and approvals.
Cute santa decoration.
Docents were dressed in period costumes.
The next house was built in the 1880’s by the town pharmacist on 100 acres purchased at that time.
I did not take pictures inside. Only the downstairs was open and the rooms were too small and dark.
On the square across from the courthouse is Granbury Live, which is a theater where musicals are performed. The building has served different functions in the past: stores, offices, etc.
Several years ago we attended many productions at Granbury Live, but never noticed a separate entrance to an upstairs apartment. In fact, the man who started the theater lived there with his wife.
It is a 5,000 sq. feet home that was totally renovated by him. He did the iron work throughout the place.
The metal ladder led to a cozy sleeping area for their grandchildren.
The corrugated tin ceilings are not the underside of the actual roof, but an aesthetic western touch.
The theater owner constructed the shiny metal kitchen island.
Stars are welded on top in several places.
The kitchen was a mirror image with two of everything. Starting at the center sink of the cabinets, each side of the kitchen were the same with dual appliances ending with a refrigerator on each side of the kitchen. No explanation was given for this.
All of the bathrooms except the master one had the same decor. In some of them. the floors were raised because the baths had been added and needed plumbing space.
The man who created all this died in a motorcycle accident around 2007. His widow no longer lives here. Currently, offices for a company occupy the space.
One side of the large master bathroom.
Art decor lights along the hallways.
As we left the apartment, I noticed these clever snowmen just outside a shop. This store and many others all around the square are just examples of why tourists flood this town each weekend.
One wispy Gregg’s Blue Mist Flower hanging on. I think the darker reddish plant is a potato vine.
On my next blog, I’ll finish the tour.
“If you have a garden and a library, then you have everything you need.” Cicero