You're welcome, John. I forgot to mention that, for unknown reasons, our MLS listing shows 2 bedrooms when in fact there have always been THREE (3) bedrooms in the 1888 Riley-Lehane house and rather large ones at that. I've attempted several times to get our agents, who acknowledged the error, to make a listing correction without success so far.
With the announced Stockyards development, the increasing popularity of Panther Island, as well as downtown construction projects coming to completion while others are being announced, its only a matter of time before development pressures increase again on Samuels Avenue. I know our neighbor and realtor Gwen Harper (760 Samuels; the historic Getzendaner House) is wanting some kind of protection for the documented historic homes remaining on Samuels and we fully support her efforts. While on the subject, I also want to voice concern about the Garvey House, a state and local landmarked towered Queen Anne style house from the 1890's. I had hoped after a winter lull that renovation work would resume again on this major historic home but we are now past the mid-summer mark and no activity has been noticed. The property sold last Fall after the family that had owned it since 1972 had decided it best to sell. The Garvey House buyer did the interior demolition work that was deemed necessary, cleaned up the debris, and then stopped. As we know, development in Fort Worth comes in waves and cycles and I have no doubt that once development ramps up in the Stockyards district (just a couple of blocks to the northwest of Samuels/Decatur Avenues) and the Trinity River Vision makes more progress, that attention to Samuels Avenue will increase again. Let's hope by that time some measure of protection to help preserve some of the earliest homes remaining in Fort Worth will be in place. We turned down a developer's offer back in 2008 but I'm not sure we could do so now. Then again, people looking for Victorian era homes to restore in Fort Worth seem to be as rare as the few survivors we still have here.
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