It’s an aging beauty in need of some maintenance. But its long and storied place in Dallas history makes the Alexander Mansion worth continued efforts to preserve it, the group that has owned it since 1930 says.
The mansion was built in 1904 and was first the home of C.H. Alexander — a hotelier (according to a brief story in the Houston Post from 1906) and ice house owner. He also apparently earned a great deal of coin ($500,000 then, probably around $12 to $13 million in those days) selling the track and equipment to build 27 miles of the Dallas Consolidated Electric Street Railway.
The mansion was designed by skyscraper builders Sanguinet & Staats of Fort Worth and has seven fireplaces, stained glass windows, and front columns crafted from Italian marble. At the time of its building, it was one of many mansions on Ross Avenue. Sanguinet & Staats had a hand in several other mansions, including those along Pennsylvania Avenue in Fort Worth and Courtland Place in Houston. (more…)