Posted 12 August 2013 - 12:51 PM
The former James W. Swayne House built in 1899-1900 is located at 1319 Ballinger St.. According to the Tarrant County Historic Resources survey, Mr. Swayne was an attorney and Judge of the Seventeenth Judicial District Court and lived there until 1912. It was occupied by a number of prominent Fort Worth residents between 1912 and 1953 when it was acquired by American General Insurance Co. According to the survey, American General made a number of alterations to the original design. In 1973, it was purchased by James R. Wooten who has worked to restore some of the home's historic features. It's a rare survivor of the now almost vanished "Quality Hill" neighborhood clustered around Summit Avenue, West Seventh, and Pennsylvania Avenues. In 1901, Fort Worth photographer Charles Swartz published a tourist oriented souvenir booklet titled VIEWS OF FORT WORTH recording local landmarks and high end Fort Worth homes that existed at that time. Of the numerous homes featured in the booklet's "residences" section, only 3 still stand today: the Ball-Eddleman-McFarland mansion at 1110 Penn Street; the William B. Garvey House at 769 Samuels Avenue; and the James W. Swayne House at 1319 Ballinger, as noted. Only the Garvey House is still used as a private residence, the other two now being used for commercial and organizational purposes.