2300 Willing

Remember this beauty at 2300 Willing Avenue? What a difference a few months make. Brent Hull, owner of an architectural millwork firm and Boston-trained expert in historic restoration, has worked his magic and brought back to life the nearly 100-year-old residence in historic Ryan Place.

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That effort is now the subject of a popular weekly program on the History Chanel, Lone Star Restoration, which began October 13th. Viewers can get current by watching previous episodes online. The program features Hull’s unique approach to historical renovation and includes other projects, mostly in Fort Worth. His eloquently stated philosophy is  to “quit building crap and build more beautiful things.” Fort Worth and its commitment to preservation comes off in a highly favorable light.


Elizabeth Blvd.

In the “keeping track of what’s going on in one’s own backyard” file, the recent and rapid sale of 1111 Elizabeth Blvd. has raised some eyebrows. One hundred years old this year, 1111 Elizabeth Blvd. was built for George W. Armstrong, founder and president of Consumers’ Light and Heat Company, which ultimately became Fort Worth Power and Light. From 1935 to 1955, the home served as the parsonage for the First Methodist Episcopal Church. Listed in the National Registry, the 3,869-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-and-one-half-bath house is also a Fort Worth Historical Preservation Award winner.


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Photos: Tourmax

You don’t even have to go inside 2508 5th Avenue to know that this home was designed to be a part of Americana.

Nestled in Ryan Place, near the Fairmount National Historic District of Fort Worth, and within walking distance to Magnolia Avenue (the best area for local restaurants in the city), this 2,834-square-foot, two-story, Craftsman-inspired home built in 1922 is a reminder of how solid construction and classically designed homes certainly stand the test of time.

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Craftsman home in the historic Ryan Place neighborhood of Fort Worth


2700 College

One of the most encouraging things about covering Fort Worth real estate is observing the lengths to which people will go to preserve and adapt existing housing stock.

“What makes a good flip?” I ask designer, micro developer, and house flipper, Terri West. “The worst house on the block!” is the snap retort of the seasoned rehabber.  The most recent product of her adroit efforts is 2700 College Avenue. Located in historic Ryan Place — an amalgam of grand, jazz-age villas clustered around the axis of Elizabeth Boulevard and charming Craftsman-style bungalows that ring the periphery. Some have been loved and tended through the years. Many more have suffered from neglect during the long decline of this Near Southside neighborhood. (more…)

2300 Willing

Do you have a specter in your neighborhood? While walking the dog, I often wondered about 2300 Willing Avenue, just around the corner, at the edge of Ryan Place. In an advanced state of decay it looked uninhabitable if not uninhabited.

Returning home one evening, I noticed a chink of yellow light behind a torn shade. Signs of life. Visions of Boo Radley. The old edifice looked as if it might fall down before being torn down. But this being Fort Worth, a happier destiny awaits this 1922 vintage dwelling.

Two weeks ago on another walk, another surprise. The home at 2300 Willing Ave., with every one of its bricks now on the ground, stood naked, cloaked only in an extensive network of scaffolding. (more…)

1521 Elizabeth Blvd.Since houses on one of Fort Worth’s premiere historic streets infrequently come on the market, it isn’t surprising that 1521 Elizabeth Boulevard, is garnering a lot of agent and buyer interest.

“We’ve only officially been on the market since Monday and we’ve already had dozens of showings,” observes Briggs Freeman agent Lisa Logan. Many of the prospective buyers are relocating from other markets and are amazed at the value Fort Worth offers.  (more…)


by Eric Prokesh

Slightly under the radar, which we of course love, an architectural gem on Fort Worth’s historic Elizabeth Boulevard is now on the market after undergoing an extensive two year renovation/restoration. And we are just drooling with delight.

The 6500 square foot house at 1302 Elizabeth Blvd. sits on half an acre of lushly landscaped land. There are five bedrooms, four full en suite baths and two partial powder rooms. The usual formals, of course, and a stunningly modernized kitchen but we just want to park ourselves in the solarium with lattice work top and bottom, sip on a mint julep or two, and while the day away. Also here you will find what should be the poster child of master closets  –enormous and with windows — a full basement for storm protection and a third floor plumbed for even more finish out. The home was designed as a showplace for John C. Ryan, developer of Ryan Place, by gifted architect Wiley G. Clarkson, born in Corsicana, who left to Fort Worth a legacy of important public buildings as well as dozens of its most beautiful residences. The home was built in 1913.

The current owners, Jennifer and Samuel Demel, engaged Castor Vintage Homes to execute the challenging restoration. For much of the work the couple actually camped out in 2 ground floor rooms with their infant son, Grayson, while the team banished the last vestiges of nob and tube wiring, upgraded plumbing, returned supporting columns to plum, and installed a new HVAC. But oh the touches of yesteryear, like this brass hardware detail on the transoms…

Erik Prokesh hardware (more…)

3028 6th A

Ryan Place is a storied, family-friendly neighborhood three miles south of downtown Fort Worth, located in the Near Southside area.

Established in 1911, Ryan Place today is a thriving neighborhood with an annual Easter egg hunt, Fourth of July parade, back-to-school pool party, “Boo on the Boulevard” celebration, and a candlelight Christmas evening.

With close proximity to downtown and the Medical District, and a vibrant mix of house styles and sizes, Ryan Place is one of Fort Worth’s most desirable neighborhoods.

3028 6th B

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is a marvelous example of the kind of historic beauties located in the area. The Ryan Place cottage at 3028 6th Ave. was built in 1946, and has darling curb appeal, with colorful, mature landscaping and a charmingly maintained exterior.

The house has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and 1,234 square feet, with separate guest quarters in the back adding an additional 271 square feet and a second bathroom. It is listed by Cecile Montgomery at Burt Ladner Real Estate for $210,000.