Candlelight Tour

I know, I know, I know …. I, too, hate seeing Christmas merch in the local big box before we’ve even gotten through Halloween. However tickets do go on sale next week for the grandmother of Fort Worth’s home tours, officially monikered, “A Candlelight Tour In Ryan Place.” The popular yuletide event, which attracts faithful tour goers from all over the Fort Worth area and even Dallasites, is one of the main revenue sources for the Ryan Place Improvement Association, Fort Worth’s first neighborhood association, and has funded the rebuilding of the original demolished gates and installed period-style street lights throughout the neighborhood among other projects.

Candlelight Tour committees make an effort to mix it up, aiming for variety in style and size and this year is no exception, with a mash up of old and new, often in the same house. Two of the residences will be familiar to Fort Worth Friday readers. (more…)

For a Ryan Place bungalow, 2625 South Adams unquestionably packs a lot of captivating design punch. From the appealing exterior color scheme, to the enclosed porch with unique under-eave fenestration, the house has not so much been remodeled as reimagined. We’ve run into the creative spirit behind the renovation before. Seasoned rehabber Terri West has excelled herself in this, her latest effort, by reclaiming and maximizing every square inch of usable space in the 2,800-square-foot house.

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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…)