c. 1930 Colonial Revival in Rosebud, TX

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Added to OHD on 11/21/17   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   25 Comments

406 Military St, Rosebud, TX 76570

  • $52,900
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2124 Sq Ft
  • 0.91 Ac.
This is truly a diamond in the rough! The home was built sometime in the early 1930's, and still has tons of the almost 100 year old charm left to be uncovered. Underneath the worn and torn carpets and wallpaper are stunning wood floors and original shiplap. The lighting fixtures, spiral stair case, wall fixtures, and handles throughout are all stunning, and just need some TLC to shine through. If you're looking for a fun project with almost an acre of land, this double lot is the one for you! Serious buyers only! Handyman special
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Heidi Brautigan, Brautigan Realty,
(254) 221-1811

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25 Comments on c. 1930 Colonial Revival in Rosebud, TX

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  1. Ryan says: 457 comments

    What an interesting place! I would not have expected that interior after looking at the exterior…especially the shiplap walls. They were still not plastering walls in the 1930s? Seems like it could be quite an elegant house with a little work.

    • AudreyAudrey says: 101 comments

      I’ve never seen a house with plaster walls in Texas. Wasn’t done there, plaster was a regional thing.

      • CharlestonJohn says: 1096 comments

        Generally speaking, “nice” houses had three coat plaster walls and ceiling while “lesser” houses made due with exposed shiplap or some other wood plank.

        The Small Parlor in the Greek Revival style Texas Governor’s Mansion showing beautiful plaster cove molding in addition to the walls and ceiling…

      • Trey says: 2 comments

        I bet to differ with you I live in a lath and plaster wall home and have seen many in Texas.

      • Valerie says: 1 comments

        Plaster was used a lot in churches and better buildings…some expensive homes even in Texas…not so much closer to the coast
        This house is 40 minutes from Waco and 3o minutes or so from Temple…already on its way to be “Fixer Uppered”

        • Pamela Haber says: 31 comments

          Most of the old Vic’s on Galveston Island, TX, including the one my husband and I gently renovated was lathe and plaster throughout. We left it fully in tact except where the a/c and heating intruded.

          • AudreyAudrey says: 101 comments

            Shiplap was the wall construction, and was designed to hang muslin or cheesecloth on to then put cloth on and shrank.
            I have literally never seen plaster on walls in a home in Texas and I worked for the Texas Historical Commission for 7 years. Saw hundreds and hundreds of homes in North and central Texas. I am not familiar with Galveston or Costal areas, we had few projects there.

      • Garrett says: 1 comments

        I’ve owned three historic homes in Texas (1901, 1912 and 1931) and all of them had original plaster walls.

  2. April says: 16 comments

    Beautiful inside, and so many lovely features. The door hardware, SWOON! As usual, I wonder what on earth people were thinking when they decided to wallpaper such a gem.

  3. SLC says: 37 comments

    Uh, yes, they did plaster in TX just like they did plater everywhere else in the US prior to manufacturers drywall. What do you think all the other non shiplap walls are made of? That’s right, plaster!

    • AudreyAudrey says: 101 comments

      Curious where you live? Shiplap was the wall construction so there weren’t ‘non shiplap walls’ in turn of the century houses. Shiplap was never meant to be exposed, and was designed to hang muslin or cheesecloth on to then put cloth, and later wallpaper, on and shrank.
      I have literally never seen plaster on walls in a home in Texas and I worked for the Texas Historical Commission for 7 years and saw hundreds and hundreds of homes.

  4. Glorybe says: 133 comments

    What a deal! Don’t plan to live in Texas. Love the windows & old fixtures. Hope someone restores this to its original Beauty…

  5. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1045 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    The rustic walls seem at odds with that formal staircase — or is that a photo taken mid-transition? The little phone niche is sweet.

  6. Clayton Fulkerson says: 43 comments

    I wish they’d shown the living room with those beautiful arched windows. Unfortunately, the interior doesn’t live up to the elegance of the exterior. Where’s the detailing? Even the staircase looks a bit “sparse”.

  7. Colleen J says: 1039 comments

    For the price, and for the exterior, not to mention the double lot, this house is a steal of a deal, all the inside needs is some TLC, and most likely new wiring and plumbing but who cares for that price! It’s a beautiful house, that needs to turn into a home. Kudos to the realtor description, he/she sees the potential!

  8. tess says: 296 comments

    Great potential for little money. Nice neighborhood. A piece of gutter on the right side is missing. There’s a siding stain too. Probably the cause of the water damage. I would like to buy the house next door also.
    Not a lot of employment opportunities. Looks like Temple 25 miles away is the biggest, closest city. 90 miles to Dallas, Austin and College Station.
    If you have a reliable source of income or are retired and want to get away from it all this is the place to go.

  9. JJ says: 92 comments

    The exterior color is definitely not a favorite of mine, but thats easy enough to fix. The interior is beautiful, and has such potential. On the surface it looks like a project even I could take on! The street looks very quiet (good or bad depending on how social you are) and I love that the house sits away from it. So many old houses that had land in the front end up right on the street after city development. I love having neighbors, but I need a little personal space. At this price and and on what looks like a nice street, this is a deal!

  10. abevy says: 302 comments

    Lots of work here. Someone taking pictures like the lights. Wish we could have seen more of the original kitchen. Front porch is in amazingly good condition.

  11. Soiuthwest guy says: 30 comments

    Over a year ago, my parents purchased a ranch outside of Rosebud. Having visited, and being an old house lover, I drove up and down most of the residential streets of Rosebud admiring the old homes. I fell in love with this property.
    The house does sit off the street, which I like. With the mature oaks on the property, it could be landscaped with a simple and elegant design. Which would show off the house. It is located in the best part of town. With a mix of old homes and large more modern homes, some of the ranchers have built in town. If one needs to work, a commute to
    temple or else where would be a must. If I had not just purchased a victorian in Mississippi, that I have renovated, I would have purchased this house in a flash. The area around Rosebud is very nice and pleasant.

  12. Kandi says: 76 comments

    Can someone educate me on shiplap? Do you leave it as is? It looks like in places it was wallpapered over. Do you paint it, leave it au natural?

    • Phillip Brown says: 70 comments

      Hi Kandi, Originally, shiplap was not supposed to be exposed…painted, stained, or left natural…but was a surface for applying – usually, wallpaper. In my 1888 house outside Seattle, WA, they used left-over siding with backside facing into room and rough 1 x 12 boards to cover all studs and floor/ceiling joists before applying wallpaper. The wallpaper was glued to muslin/cheesecloth (not sure which it is or if it’s something else) which was tacked to the wood. In that house, when they wanted to add another wallpaper design, they removed the first layer along with the muslin/cheesecloth, added 1/16 inch thick cardboard…similar to the back of a paper tablet…and then glued the wallpaper to the cardboard. Next came sheet rock in thicknesses of 1/4″, 3/8″, and 1/2″ in various parts of the house.

      In my 1907/08 Texas home all walls and ceilings have shiplap. Again, as in WA, there is muslin/cheesecloth tacked to the shiplap and then wallpaper. When they decided to change the wallpaper, another layer of muslin/cheesecloth was tacked over the existing wallpaper and then new wallpaper added. In some areas, where a third layer of wallpaper was added, it was glued, once again, to a layer of muslin/cheesecloth, but this time the muslin/cheesecloth was stapled over the second layer of wallpaper. Eventually, all the walls and ceilings were covered in 1/4″ sheet rock. Of course, to save time and labor, there was no attempt to remove the wood door/window trim, baseboards, and or fake ceiling beams to install the sheet rock behind the trim but simply butted the sheet rock to trim/baseboards/beams.

      A note of interest, perhaps, is that when some of the sheet rock was added to the Texas house, it was such a new product that on the back of the sheet there are written instructions on how to hang it and how to finish it. The instructions even tell you which side faces the studs.

      The interior walls of the WA house had studs at 3 feet on center. The Texas house has all exterior, interior, floor joists, and ceiling joists at 24 inches on center which was possible due to the interior surfaces being covered in shiplap. Stud finders don’t work on shiplap covered walls. But, you can hang anything anywhere!

  13. Antigone Mejia says: 1 comments

    how many acres of land

  14. Lance Burns says: 1 comments

    I’m from Rosebud and I always wanted to know what that building used to be.. it looks to me that it wasn’t always a house. Im just curious.


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