If historic homes could talk, what a story they would tell.
Never has that been truer than the home located at 2234 Hurley Ave. in the Fairmount neighborhood of Fort Worth.
For those of you not familiar with the Fairmount Southside National Historic District, it is a one square mile area that was platted in the late 1800s, located south of I-30 and near the majority of hospitals in Fort Worth, and of course the greatest local restaurant street in Cowtown — Magnolia Avenue.
While the argument can be made that blanketing an older neighborhood with an historic overlay can hurt more than help an area and residents, the home at 2234 Hurley Ave. is the perfect example of the positive side of being in a historic district.
Records show that the home was built in 1915, however, there are some that believe the home was around as early as 1905.
What Happened in 1905:
- Teddy Roosevelt was starting his first full term as President of the United States
- Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer were banned from the Brooklyn Public Library for setting a “bad example”
- Rotary International was founded
- The Wright brother’s airplane stayed in the air for 39 minutes
- Ayn Rand, Henry Fonda, and Bob Wills were born
Over the years this 3,888-square-foot, three-story home has been nearly burned to the ground, functioned as a boarding home, had homeless people living in it, had an absurd exterior scabbed over the existing structure, was “remodeled” with builder-grade materials, and has been brought back to its glorious style that was first intended.
Oh what stories this home could recant.
Now this historic home is a spectacular testament of owners who went through great lengths to restore the home to its original beauty … and beyond.
When the current owners of the home bought it in 2014, it was being used as a rental home. Many parts and pieces were new, but more suitable for a production home than one with a historical plaque on the front of the home.
Walls were removed to give the first floor an open-and-comfortable feeling. The kitchen was completely restructured and modernized while maintaining the original charm and character. Light fixture, electrical wiring, plumbing, floors–you name it, it’s been updated.
A Three-Story Home
The first floor features a private sitting room with fireplace, an office, formal dining room, open kitchen and family room, as well as a mother-in-law suite.
The second floor is where you will find a large master suite — and you should see the master closet — two secondary bedrooms and bath, as well as a large playroom area.
The third floor (which is not included in the 3,888 square feet) is a perfect area for media room or home office. Currently is is the most amazing shrine to Star Wars action figures that I’ve ever seen.
I’d pay admission just to go and look at all the Star Wars memorabilia and talk with the owner about the pieces. Talk about taking a stroll down memory lane! Of course those items do not convey with the home.
This is what living in an historic district is all about. A home that has been so many things in the past hundred years, but now is an absolute masterpiece.
That’s all from Tarrant County this week, Dirty Readers. Remember, if you have comments, questions, or ideas for future stories – I’m always here to listen! Bring it.
Seth Fowler is a licensed real estate sales professional with Williams Trew Real Estate in Fort Worth. Statements and opinions are his own. Seth has been involved in the home sales and real estate business in DFW since 2004. He and his family have lived in the Fort Worth area for over 14 years. Seth also loves bow ties. You can reach Seth at 817.980.6636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.