Please see house photos below later in this message thread. Also please see Historic 1886 Samuels Avenue Map at end of message thread below. Additional note: June 2, City Directories show the Getzendaner name spelled with one "N" not two, so I've attempted to correct this error where possible. For those who may be interested, the C. 1885 Getzendaner house at 760 Samuels is across the street from the historic, Texas landmarked, Garvey House (it is located at the southwest corner of Mayfield St. and the east side of Samuels) and has had a "for sale" sign just placed in front of it. It appears to be for sale by the owner rather than realtor listed and I have not contacted the owner for an asking price. The Getzendaner house was the family home by that name but experienced years of neglect including some upstairs damage from a large roof leak. It was repaired and repainted a few years ago but again shows signs of inattention. It was tenant occupied until a couple of months ago and I understand it is a rental property with an absentee landlord. It is one of three Victorian era homes for sale in the 700 and 800 blocks of Samuel's Avenue and would make a nice restoration project. I've seen the interior and there were some nice original details; the floors and woodwork/millwork were of Southern Yellow Pine. (heartwood) Siding is of Cypress and when an owner moved out in the early 1990's a neighbor did some yard work and found a piece of original metal roof cresting in an acorn design. The original front porch with Victorian era millwork remains and in the back, a wrap-around historic porch with porch post brackets featuring a Texas-flavored "Lone Star" cutout design remains. The Getzendanners owned a florist business in Fort Worth for many years.
The Getzendaner House is one of the oldest surviving historic homes on Samuels Avenue and in the City of Fort Worth; it would be a contributing structure for any proposed historic district. It is the last two-story Victorian era home remaining on the East side of Samuels Avenue. (the Conrad and Hannah Morgan, St. Clair, and Eggleston family homes that once stood nearby have all long disappeared from the east side of Samuels Avenue) The Texas landmarked Garvey House at 769 Samuels also remains for sale, as recently noted, but no takers, so far.
Important Update April 23: After seeing a large empty dumpster parked today in front of the old Getzendaner House, I copied the (local cell) contact number (682-551-4966) and called the owner. "Mike" said he has it for sale and is asking $250k, but if a developer wants it, it will be higher due to demolition costs. Sadly, this historic home from the 1880's, the oldest remaining on the east side of Samuels Ave., has no protection at all from demolition. The investor-owner, who spoke with a slight accent (Middle-Eastern?) hasn't a clue about it's historic value and said the house was worth "nothing", He said he had placed the large dumpster there to clean up the trash inside left by the former tenant. He may go ahead and take out a demolition permit, so this may be the last and only time to save and preserve this rare 1880's survivor. The last time I saw the inside, it still had many desireable original features but given the public nature of this forum it would be unwise for me to enumerate all of them here. There may be squatters or homeless individuals in the house right now as I saw some people standing just outside of it this afternoon. In any event, this rare survivor is in the going, going, almost gone category. Given that it is directly across from the Garvey House and is literally a stone's throw from the neighborhood Police storefront, it makes good sense to save it now before it's gone forever. Of course, a lot of things that made sense to save, weren't in Fort Worth, and we are less of a community today after losing them.
Note: I moved this to a separate topic (April 24) from the Garvey House discussion thread. Given the high level of threat to the house, time is of the essence and this may be the one and only opportunity to save this historic home. Hope the moderator(s) does not mind the separate topic posting. John S.
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