1903 Colonial Revival – Fort Worth, TX

SOLD / Archived From 2017
Added to OHD on 10/3/17 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 32 Comments
Address Withheld

Price

$300,000

Beds

3

Baths

1

SqFt

2098

Diamond in the rough! Unique opportunity to own 1903 Talbott-Wall house, located on Samuels Ave, one of FW oldest streets. This house was moved in May from its bluff location to make way for a new development. Dutch Colonial Revival style home has a new foundation & is ready for restoration by next passionate owner. Rooms include foyer-parlor-study-dining rm-2 BR-office. Lies in the new Downtown Urban Design District. Historic & Cultural Designation is pending with the city as well as zoning change. Other designations are options with tax incentives. Recd 2017 Preservation Achievement Award from Historic Fort Worth. New water run to house exterior only;no sewer or connected utilities.
Sold By
Karen Holcomb, Northern Realty Group      (817) 920-0000
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32 Comments on 1903 Colonial Revival – Fort Worth, TX

  1. StevenF says: 390 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    Wow…I really like that exterior and how unchanged it is from its original configuration. Hats off the folks who moved it rather than had it demolished. It looks like maybe it lost one of its porch columns in the journey, but otherwise, is in great shape. The interior is simple and dignified.




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    • Colleen J says: 1362 comments

      I agree glad they moved it rather than tear down!




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    • JJ says: 100 comments

      I love using the word “dignified” to describe a house. I feel that old homes have a soul, of sorts, and can feel when they are neglected. This home is indeed dignified, and beautiful.




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    • Jenni says: 17 comments

      I count 3 columns missing unfortunately. Beautiful home.




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  2. shellbell67 says: 136 comments

    I love the pictures of the moving process!
    What a beautiful amazing fabulous little house!!!! I’m in love <3




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  3. Bethany says: 2095 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Escondido, CA

    Kudos to whoever went to the expense and trouble to move this house rather than demolish it. Well done!




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  4. kmmoore says: 199 comments
    Weatherford , TX

    Yay! Something super cool in my neck of the woods! Ft. Worth is a great city and there are a lot of people restoring some of the old gems. Google ‘Ryan Place’ in Ft. Worth for a real treat!




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    • Amy says: 1 comments

      Fairmount is another great historic neighborhood. We lived on 6th Ave when we lived in Fairmount.




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      • kmmoore says: 199 comments
        Weatherford , TX

        Yes! I love the Fairmount area. I go to the Old Home Supply store every chance I get. In fact, I was driving around Fairmount the day I discovered Ryan Place. So many great homes around there. And Magnolia street is so fun for eating out!




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  5. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 684 comments

    It blows my mind that you can put a house on a truck and move it!




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  6. Paul WPaul W says: 578 comments

    I keep hoping someone will do this with John S’s house which was nearby where this house was. They are rapidly being surrounded by apartments and they have a great house that would be perfect for preservation minded person




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    • kmmoore says: 199 comments
      Weatherford , TX

      Is it for sale? Is it on OHD? I live in Weatherford and would love to go look at it.




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      • Paul WPaul W says: 578 comments

        Yes Johns house has been featured on here. It is valued based on its commercial lot value right now and for sale by owner. Most likely the lot will be redeveloped for commercial or townhouses, which means most likely the house gets torn town. Personally I think someone could add on it, build a 3 car garage and have an “estate’ in town (sits on an acre lot) and its one of the few historic houses left on Samuels. OR, if they could find a lot maybe buy the house and move it




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    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4048 comments

      Thanks for the mention of our home, Paul. (823 Samuels) It remains for sale by owners as we continue to live here surrounded by construction. Our 20,000 sq. foot lot is considered large for our neighborhood. We would rather sell to someone preservation minded than a developer but it would have to be someone comfortable with a downtown urban environment. The big plus is that our small neighborhood is ideally located close to all downtown amenities and major thoroughfares. (I-35, Hwy. 121, Hwy. 287, the downtown intermodal transportation center/Amtrack) With the Stockyards a couple of blocks to our north and Panther Island development right to our west, the future offers many opportunities. My spouse has health issues so we wish to sell and move to a quieter environment where seniors can live a slower, more tranquil life. Please refer to my post below for more information.




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  7. KarenZ says: 621 comments
    OHD Supporter

    I can’t believe that they can actually move an entire HOUSE!




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  8. Laurie W. says: 1348 comments

    What an adorable house! My favorite room shown is the bathroom. Love the old photo of proud owner on the porch & how unchanged it is since then; that’s cheering. I’ve seen houses moved — it is just amazing every time; even saw one where a bottle was left on a table, arriving undisturbed. Funny to see a house rolling down the street.




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  9. Delynn Coronado says: 12 comments

    It’s a shame that they moved this house onto a city lot! It should be on a hill surrounded by pastures and trees, maybe a few longhorns!
    If that were the case We’d buy it in a heartbeat!!!




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  10. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4048 comments

    This house is known locally as the Talbott-Wall House and had remained in the same family since 1903 until it was sold to developers and moved from 915 Samuels to the north end of my neighborhood in the 1100 block. Historic Fort Worth, Inc. our local historic preservation organization, spent all of its available financial resources to move and save this important home. Hank D. Snow, a former race car driver and for decades Fort Worth’s premiere house mover, conducted the move a few months ago. (his two daughters have the DIY network show, TEXAS FLIP AND MOVE) The Wall family sold the lot and almost ten acres of land adjacent to it to Embrey Development out of San Antonio in March and now the former house site is part of a 353 unit apartments complex under construction (literally surrounding our house and our block on three sides)

    In reply to KM Moore, our house (823 Samuels Avenue) is For Sale by owners-we’ve lived here for almost 30 years. Here’s a previous listing on Zillow of our home: https://www.zillow.com/homes/823-Samuels-Avenue-Fort-Worth-TX-76102_rb/ We would be happy to discuss particulars with anyone seriously interested in our property. (Tel. 817-332-7016 John)
    The problem we have is we are literally surrounded by this new $50 million dollar apartment complex so our pricing reflects that. Our next door neighbor at 819 Samuels is listed at $640K; while the house that was next door (905 Samuels- streetview: https://goo.gl/maps/SvjcS5ANbWL2 with the same lot size as ours) after a lengthy process of negotiation sold to the same developer for $800k. Land across the street in the west side of the 1100 block from this relocated Dutch Colonial is offered at $45 a square foot (or $25 million for a ten acre site) but is unlikely to be bought anytime soon at that lofty price. We have endured months of dust and noise as well as utility lines and pipes relocation and still await street repavement with new curbs and sidewalks around us. As I type this, the sound of excavating and construction equipment is in the background.
    A personal note about the Talbott-Wall House Dutch Colonial; about 20 years ago I stripped the old wallpaper off its dining room walls uncovering traces of a Pompeii Red and Olive green calcimine paint on the walls with the border above where the picture rail moldings were indicating it probably once had a Lincrusta border. Dr. Talbott came to Fort Worth from Ohio in the 1890’s and in the period photo is clearly proud of his new home. As noted, his descendants continued to own this house until earlier this year. One family lived in our home for 97 years so although old and somewhat faded, our neighborhood has had a long stable history. The biggest threat now is new development with yet another apartments project planned by Carleton Properties of Dallas opposite the historic Pioneers Rest cemetery in the 500-600 blocks of Samuels. Still, there are a number of remaining historic “anchor” houses remaining in the neighborhood with the historic Garvey House (2011 OHD post: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2011/07/12/1898-queen-anne-fort-worth-tx/ ) now being converted by the apartments developer as their leasing and management offices. We are now considered part of downtown Fort Worth and the entire neighborhood falls under the Downtown Design Review guidelines (City page for DDR guidelines: http://fortworthtexas.gov/planninganddevelopment/urban-design/downtown/ ) Since I’ve lived in the neighborhood and known about this Dutch Colonial (architect unknown-might be a plan book house) for almost three decades, I welcome any questions I might be able to answer. Thanks for posting this fine historic Fort Worth home.




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    • kmmoore says: 199 comments
      Weatherford , TX

      Hey John! Thank you so much for the info. I always look forward to reading your comments. I’m relatively new to north Texas but love history and, especially old houses. I’m thinking of joining the historical society in Weatherford.I really like your house, but it’s out of my price range, unfortunately.




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      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4048 comments

        Thanks for the kind words, KM Moore. Weatherford has a wealth of historic homes and its downtown is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street program. I highly recommend getting involved to help insure the survival of our local built heritage.




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  11. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4048 comments

    A tour of this fine 1903 house is scheduled for October 18 under the auspices of Historic Fort Worth, Inc., the historic preservation organization responsible for saving and moving it: http://historicfortworth.org/events-tours/talbott-wall-house-tour/




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  12. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 8252 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Added more listing photos. New ones are below original listing photos, new ones have been a bit Photoshop’d (not by me.)




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  13. Deb Crocker says: 53 comments

    Wow!!! I love the lay out of this timeless beauty. It amazes me how these old houses are so sturdy that you can pick them up and move them. I wish they made houses like that today




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  14. Mitchell Bailey says: 15 comments

    Hi Kelly, This is Mitch, I’m the one who looked at the second empire in Fulton, Mo., and recently the key hole house in Lebanon KY. If everything goes as planned I will close on this Talbott-Wall House next Tuesday in Ft Worth. I’ll be in touch. Happy Thanksgiving. My best, Mitchell Bailey




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    • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 8252 comments
      Admin

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Awesome! So you decided against the keyhole house then? Keep us updated! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!




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      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4048 comments

        Hi Mitch,
        Welcome to our neighborhood! You’ll have some nice neighbors nearby. I think the new location of the Talbott-Wall House will be stable and not subject to new development anytime soon. As mentioned above, I’ve actually worked inside the Talbott-Wall house and can attest it is solid as a battleship. It survived the move down the street with barely a creak or groan. If Debra (my spouse) or I can be of any help, please let us know- we’ve been neighborhood owners/residents for nearly 30 years and can answer almost any question related to this oldest of Fort Worth neighborhoods. Here’s wishing you the best!




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  15. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4048 comments

    The house did indeed sell and close to the Baileys so the new owners are planning on finishing out the needed work on the house. I have yet to meet them but look forward to doing so in the days ahead.




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  16. AndyN says: 1 comments

    Welcome to the neighborhood, Mr. Bailey! I’m two houses down and hope to meet you. Thanks for investing in our neighborhood and our history. The house sits on the site of the Rosedale Pavillion, which replaced the Baldwin Samuels house, which was the Terry Plantation, which hosted Sam Houston in the 1857 Texas gubernatorial election. There’s a lot of history in this neighborhood.




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  17. BonnieO says: 2 comments

    Congratulations new owner!




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  18. Mitchell Bailey says: 15 comments

    Greetings Kelly, Today we hired the electrician, plumber and heat/air companies. House has to be completely rewired, replumbed and never had central heat or air. Also agreeded to put in a 5’ sidewalk on Pavilion St add 4 trees with irrigation with City of Fort Worth. They have been great to work with. Plan to open up the upper staircase as it was I closed many years ago. Also, the lower paneling you see on staircase was added. It will be removed also and reveal the beautiful paneled woodwork on the underside or stairs. Will put fireplaces back, most likely gas. Anxious get three porch columns reproduced; a wood roof and a exterior painting. The house has a very grand feel with just a little over 2000 sq ft. I hope you are a future visitor and Merry Christmas. Mitchell




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  19. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4048 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    The new owner, Mitch Bailey, continues his painstaking restoration to bring this Fort Worth landmark home back to its original appearance. In recent days, two features were put back that had been missing. At the entry, there were Colonial style leaded glass sidelights and over the years one had been damaged and was missing. Mr. Bailey had a talented glass artist custom make an exact replica of the missing sidelight: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/27734258188/in/album-72157615591961865/

    A bigger challenge was encountered with a window located under the staircase that had a modern glass pane instead of an antique version. After looking at period published sources, a compatible leaded glass design was chosen which after its completion, using traditional techniques and antique glass, now looks very compatible both inside and out: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/27734258218/in/album-72157615591961865/ The simple diamond grid pattern (also Colonial) design was chosen because the window is located under the staircase. Had it been above the staircase to illuminate the landing, a fancier design would have been called for. The original owner, Dr. Talbott, was pragmatic in his choices for the house, using Southern Yellow heart pine for the millwork trim rather than Oak or other hardwoods. Mr. Bailey is looking to put back missing porch columns as seen in the period photo above as well as construct a historically compatible garage/carriage house in the future. I applaud his efforts to get things correct for the period and to show by example the preservation approach to period restoration. Mr. Bailey and I have been communicating on a regular basis and I’m pleased to be able to make suggestions or share information whenever they’re called for.




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