1898 Queen Anne – Fort Worth, TX

Added to OHD on 7/12/11   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   27 Comments
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769 Samuels Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76102

  • $600,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2856 Sq Ft
  • 1.55 Ac.
History and Architecture will amaze you in this Victorian Queen Anne home with original wood workk, crown moldings, flooring, and fireplace mantle. A home that was part of the early history of Fort Worth. This home will need some work, but will be a work of love and satisfaction when done. She will shine again on the Trinity Bluffs with the right buyer. Designated Historical Home and know as The Harvey House.
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Keith Gibson, Coldwell Banker
(817) 924-4144
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25 Comments on 1898 Queen Anne – Fort Worth, TX

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  1. John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

    Thanks Kelly for sharing this interesting home. So true that it is threatened by downtown encroachment but it is a registered state landmark as well as City of Fort Worth landmark (zoned cultural and historic overlay) so no matter what happens to the remnants of the old neighborhood this house will likely endure. It does need a second chance in life as current owners (who inherited the house) lack the resources to maintain it. Not shown are some beautiful quarter-sawn oak parquet floors, two double pairs of massive pocket doors, and wheel cut beveled glass windows. The elegant staircase curves as it ascends and has a window seat landing mid-way. The trim was recently painted white but is old growth Southern Yellow heart pine underneath with vivid grain patterns. While the price seems high, lots just a block to the south have sold for as much as $35 a sq, ft. for luxury condos and apartments. (so the $2 mil would be for the land with the historic home thrown in for free) Would make a perfect B & B, corporate retreat, wedding chapel, or elegant private residence. The 3rd floor attic is large and spacious but unfinished except for flooring. As a neighbor, I’d like to see this one have a future ahead of it.

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    • Audrey says: 100 comments

      Recently painted white? Oh the horrors! I thought the era of painting over beautiful old wood had long passed. Sure is a beautiful old house on the outside for sure.

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  2. toscar says: 46 comments

    LOVE the house of course………….hate the price and location.

    It’s a bad spot for the old girl to be in…:(…………………thanks for all the info. John.

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    • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

      Toscar,
      You’re welcome and absolutely right-when the present owner’s family bought the property in 1972 the neighborhood was a virulent slum and it sold for almost nothing. Now redevelopment and gentrification have put all the remaining historic homes at risk. A developer knocked over 40 homes down for new condos and apartments and continued redevelopment is only being delayed by the recession. (one reason why we too have our historic home for sale but you won’t see it here…lol)

  3. Heather says: 1 comments

    I would love to live here i drive past it everyday i’ll be devastated if they knock it down before i get the chance to even make enough money to buy this home. Sad thing is i can’t afford the condos they are building either something’s gotta give.

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  4. Deb Cavanaugh says: 1 comments

    SWOON!!! Love the winding staircase and the turrets!! Hops someone can buy this beauty and she not be demolished!

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  5. John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

    Thought I would update this one (August 2013) since it is but five lots to our south. Not yet sold but owners have told me they are quite flexible on the price. Earlier this year a younger family bought the c. 1885 Victorian across the street and have invested about $250,000 into its renovation and are about to move in. (our 1889 Victorian at 823 Samuels is still offered for sale by owners) New luxury apartment development continues on the South end of the neighborhood (a new project by Carleton Properties will break ground in October) as well as work on the Trinity Vision-Corps of Engineers flood control project which will provide a downtown town lake which this house (769 Samuels) will have rare lakefront footage. The former Garvey Queen Anne style mansion continues to be Fort Worth’s premiere Victorian era residence currently for sale on a multi-acre site. If anyone needs specific information on the house or neighborhood, please feel free to contact me.

  6. John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

    Bargain time: price slashed to $980,000. New realtor: Keith Gibson with Coldwell Banker. Listing (new as of 12/3/2013) http://www.cbdfw.com/property/769-Samuels-Avenue-Downtown-Fort-Worth-76102/NTREIS/12061190/~a/0484214/ Not a foreclosure, just a more realistic pricing and an excellent agent. (who I have met personally and was favorably impressed) Riverfront access-downtown location but quiet and seems almost rural.

  7. John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

    A new You Tube virtual tour has just been added by the new realtor, Keith Gibson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYvoGP6fH0I I suggested he change the music from soft “techno-Jazz” to turn of the last century Ragtime. Otherwise, it shows the scope of this unique house and property. In any event, this house remains one of the most prominent Victorian era homes remaining in Fort Worth with Trinity River access in the back and wonderful downtown views on a genuine estate size lot. Since we’ve lived in the neighborhood for almost 25 years, I’d be happy to provide more information about the house or neighborhood.

  8. Suzanne says: 1 comments

    I live in the townhomes down the street and take walks and ride my bike by here just to take a look! I was thinking if I was lucky enough to buy a home like this I wouldn’t have any money left for repairs/restorations. John, are you familiar with what the house needs just to be able to move in? Does it even have ac/heat?

  9. John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

    Suzanne, Thanks for your message. The house is livable inside right now. (maybe a bit dusty) It will need upgrades for central heat and air. One of the brother-owners lives in one room. I expect to make it look fresh with bathroom and kitchen upgrades it would need at least $25-50k invested but could be lived in right now. There is some minor exterior wood rot and painting would be needed soon. With proper landscaping, the landmark house would shine. Some work is needed on the retaining wall on the corner. Developer’s have already offered $500k for the lot if the house is moved off of it but given its landmarked status, I don’t see that happening. I also don’t see that $750k price tag as set in concrete although considering a year ago it was priced at $2 million its hard to estimate how much negotiating room is left before hitting bedrock. If this house is near to your budget range, schedule a showing with Keith (the agent) and see it for yourself. We’d love to have you as neighbors. (like the Harpers who bought and renovated the old Getzendaner place across the street last year) Note to Kelly: now priced at $750k.

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  10. John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

    Price is now resting on bedrock at $600,000. Walk to downtown Fort Worth and it has Trinity River frontage. Deed says 2.5 acres but there’s a flood plain easement and a utility easement reducing the usable land to about 1.5 acres. It’s one of Fort Worth’s finest remaining Victorians and has a commanding presence. The fear is developers will buy it for redevelopment and Fort Worth will lose a landmark house with a rich history. Sad.

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  11. John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

    Sold…closing on July 1st. The price was just under $500k so the lesson here is that apparently over-priced properties can come down in price to more acceptable levels. My information is that the buyer(s) intends to use a restoration contractor to bring the house back to its period appearance so this will be a big improvement for my neighborhood. Our property, five lots north of this one, remains for sale with considerable interest in recent months and weeks. I’m glad to see this landmark home above finally getting the TLC its long needed.

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    • Willie Downs says: 1 comments

      Hi John, I am taking a photography class at Tarrant County College and I am very interested in taking pictures of the inside of this beautiful home for my final project. I love this house and would love to be able to capture it’s beauty through photos. Do you know how I could get in touch with the new home owner? I tried driving by the house today in hopes of someone being there, but didn’t have any luck. Thank you very much for your help!

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  12. John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

    The realtor who brought the buyer for this property was Gwen Harper: http://www.homes.com/real-estate-agents/gwen-harper/id-19921295/ Since she lives across the street from the Garvey House I feel fairly confident she could arrange a meeting. Unfortunately, I seldom see the new buyer but he is a busy professional with many on-going projects. He announced plans for a total rehab of the property but all that has been accomplished thus far is gutting of the apartments in the back and gutting the kitchen as well as the butler’s pantry in the Victorian.

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    • Wendy says: 1 comments

      If the new owner would like to get it off his hands, I would love the chance to restore it.

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      • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

        I hesitate to print the owner’s name but it can be found at the Tarrant County Tax Appraisal Website as a matter of public record. Since the aformentioned realtor brought the buyer to see the property she might still have some way to contact that person to see if its available or not. The house needs attention soon or will likely go back on the local endangered properties list. Good luck!

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        • Aaron says: 14 comments

          I just drive by and looked at this house. The windows are borded-up and it looks like it is falling into disrepair. What is the deal?! The upstairs windows also looked busted open.

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        • Wendy says: 1 comments

          The Tarrant County Appraiser didn’t help me. Is there another way to get info on the owner?

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          • AudreyAudrey says: 100 comments

            If you go here http://www.tad.org/search-property
            Type in the address.
            Then you get the owners name and current mailing address (he lives in Weatherford).
            Then Google entire owner name and address, first result is a white pages listing with his phone number (I just did these things to find the info for you, don’t want to post his info on here, even though I could. You can recreate my searches :))
            Good luck!

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            • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

              Since I live but 5 houses north of this one I’ll try to share what I know. (we’re trying to sell our Victorian as well) The current owner (public record) is Todd P*. (an attorney?) I’ve met the gentleman several times both before he bought it and most recently several months ago. At this point, I feel he’s decided not to rehab the property. Of course, this begs the question why isn’t it on the market again but since the acreage lot due south is offered for development, Mr. P* may feel the best way to come out whole on his investment is to have the historic home moved off the lot. Not much support for that among local preservationists so everything is for now in stasis. Realtor Gwen Harper who I mentioned in my comments above from Nov. 2014 brought Mr. P* to see the property last Fall and assisted him with the sale. There’s a local extended discussion thread on the Fort Worth Forum which is managed by a local architect, John Roberts about this property: http://www.fortwortharchitecture.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=3473&page=3 My gut feeling is this property will come back on the market someday but its anyone’s guess when. In 1992, I spent 7 months researching the history of this house (known locally as the Garvey House) to create a historical narrative submitted to the Texas Historical Commission in Austin which then approved the state landmark designation. Former Speaker of the House Jim Wright and Judge Tom Vandergriff as well as the then mayor of Fort Worth and other dignitaries came to the marker dedication ceremony. Hard to believe that now. My best wishes for anyone willing to try to rescue this landmark home and he or she can count on my assistance as well the experience of 26 years of living in this neighborhood. The fate of historic preservation in this oldest of Fort Worth’s neighborhoods rests on the future of this property.

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  13. Joe Hutchins says: 2 comments

    My family lived in the Garvey house from 1961 to 1964, I remember having beautiful Christmas’ there

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  14. Joe Hutchins says: 2 comments

    I really hope that it gets the restoration it so much deserves. I still have pictures of the house with snow all over. Priceless memories

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