c. 1900 – Waco, TX – Lost in Fire

Added to OHD on 9/4/13   -   Last OHD Update: 5/4/20   -   22 Comments

1725 Morrow Ave, Waco, TX 76707

  • 4 Bed
  • 4 Bath
  • 3339 Sq Ft
  • 0.35 Ac.
Check out this huge home that was built in 1900, it has tons of potential with wood floors throughout. This two Story, 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 baths.... it has an amazing 3,339 Square Feet. Great Investment property located on a corner lot.

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22 Comments on c. 1900 – Waco, TX – Lost in Fire

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  1. lara janelara jane says: 468 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Needs a ton of work and it’s doesn’t seem to be in a fantastic part of town, but it might be worth it to somebody for $20k!

    I like the cute house across the street, on the opposite corner to the west.

  2. John Shiflet says: 5545 comments

    Waco, which is home to popular Baylor University, (founded in 1845) never had much of an urban preservation movement and like many mid-sized Texas cities, has lost much of its early architectural heritage. It also followed a common Texas urban pattern of the old inner-city neighborhoods declining and deteriorating over time while more prosperous residents continually moved out to the suburbs. This demographic pattern was repeated in city after city in the Lone Star State followed by modern and often commercial redevelopment resulting in the complete obliteration of urban historic neighborhoods in some cases. Waco shows no inclination to be different in this respect and a street tour confirms Waco’s faded old residential areas remain endangered. As for this specific house-it appears to be a vernacular shingled Victorian from early 1900’s with some slightly later Arts & Crafts changes maybe from the first two decades of the 20th century. The staircase might be called Colonial Revival of uncertain age. Given the home’s location, condition, and mixture of styles, it would probably not appeal to an old house purist-however, it might be worth a moderate cost renovation provided the immediate surroundings were improving as well.

    • Amy P. says: 221 comments

      So true, and so sad. My husband and I have been looking for a historic home here in Texas but good ones in decent areas are few and far between. We were looking at one in Trinity but have now decided to save a bit more and move out of state in a few years to obtain our dream. We are considering Natchez, Ms. now.

  3. says: 458 comments

    Look how incredibly delicate those stair balusters are. It’s not wonder some of them are broken or missing.

  4. Kerry says: 8 comments

    I used to come here to look at the houses and daydream for awhile.
    Now I come to read John Shiflet’s lectures, which I’ve grown appreciate. His knowledge is amazing to me.

  5. John Shiflet says: 5545 comments

    Thanks for the kind words, Kerry. I blame my babbling on being an old house nut, but hopefully, still a nut of the harmless variety. I’m grateful that there are a few places to share my old house passion otherwise I’d just sit in front of a mirror and talk to myself…well, maybe not literally, but we old house lovers are a relatively small segment in the general population. In a different life perhaps I would have been a tenured professor of architectural history, writer, or something; at least Kelly kindly allows me to do the lecture part. I try not to abuse that privilege.

  6. Rita B says: 106 comments

    Kerry, I feel the same way. And, John, I could never think of you and babbling in the same thought.

  7. John Shiflet says: 5545 comments

    Thanks Rita, now if you could only convince my spouse! (lol)

  8. Recycle Mama says: 1 comments

    This old home is in the perfect area for Chip & Johanna Gaines from the tv show “Fixer Upper” to come in and work their magic!! It could be fantastic!!!

  9. Susan Fowler says: 1 comments

    I saw the house on this site in January and drove to Waco from Houston to see if I could help save it. I set about to secure it and obtain permission to restore it. After months of working with the heirs to come to an agreement, looking over the property, inspecting it and taking a team of contractors over to create the plans for the restoration – I’m sad to say we were stopped dead in our tracks in August 2015 when the Waco Arsonist burned it to the ground. My heart is broken. The photos on here do not do the home justice. Nearly every room had an original fireplace with original glaze-fired tiles that had a beautiful patina on them. The original 12′ doors, hardware, stairs, trim, molding, hardwoods, mantles, and windows were solid, hand-worked hardwoods from 1900, and almost all could be brought back to life with a little oil rub. The wrap around porch was in serious need of repair and most of it was missing, but inside the house was amazing. So sad and sorry to report that this one was lost due to an intentional criminal act – along with 19 (19!) other historic structures in the same neighborhood. Unfortunately for us, this house was the last house before he was caught. That said, we are grateful no one was killed and that he is behind bars where he belongs…although, they suspect his two brothers are also arsonists in the area and he may not have acted alone or committed all of the arson fires on the list. Let’s hope he is the only one and the town can breathe and continue to try to recover from the loss.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12220 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I am so sorry to hear that Susan. Glad they got the dirt bag but sorry it was too late for so many homes.

      • John Shiflet says: 5545 comments

        Very sorry to hear about that as well, Susan. Waco, like many other Texas cities, has lost most of its 19th and early 20th century homes and buildings. Arson is always a threat in older lower income neighborhoods, I have personally witnessed an early 20th century house lost to an arsonist set fire in my neighborhood. (1992) There’s a large vacant lot across the street from us as well where an 1870’s Italianate style house (one of the oldest in Fort Worth) once stood; a renter’s son with mental health issues set fire to it because he believed an evil spirit inhabited an upstairs closet and it burned to the ground (1972) Just this week, two Bungalow houses from the Teens and a c. 1910 Foursquare type house were razed by an owner who did not want to maintain them. Rumors of developers hovering around our neighborhood makes me feel our 1888 Victorian could fall to “progress”. Historic preservation is a tough sell in Texas cities. About the only place (with the exception of Galveston) where a person can find a hint of the typical turn of the last century Texas streetscape is in smaller towns located mostly in the older eastern third of the state. That survival also coincides with a lack of new development in many cases. Waco is often featured in the HGTV show “Fixer-Upper” with the charming couple Chip and Joanna Gaines transforming older Waco houses into modern looking homes with “Pizzazz’. From a Show promo: “Fixer Upper” shows the process by which the couple turn dilapidated but potential-rich houses into showplaces that are helping revitalize whole neighborhoods throughout central Texas.” Their gut-then-modernize approach to old houses summarizes the typical Texas attitude towards anything from the past: modernize or tear it down. But arson is a total loss in most cases and its a national plague throughout the country in many older lower income neighborhoods. I too am glad they have the arsonist in custody but this potentially valuable period home has sadly been lost forever.

  10. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12220 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Not something I’m eager to share but, photos of the remains.

  11. Glynn says: 24 comments

    I attended Baylor and lived in Waco 8 years. A tornado in the ’50’s wrecked much of downtown, but Austin Ave. and Castle Heights are still lovely neighborhoods.

  12. carl price says: 1 comments

    my grandmother owned 1725 Morrow from 1952 to 1969. It was a grand old place. Construction was started around 1896. It had a carrage house and a one bedroom servants cottage. the back of the lot had a horse pen.

  13. Oh no. I’m just heartbroken to hear of this fire. I could tell it was a beautiful grand old home every time I passed by it. There was even a portico on the side! It was my favorite home to pass by in Waco and I hoped someone would save it.

    I’m so sorry, Susan. This gorgeous old home (and you!) deserved better.


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