Architecture in Fort Worth

Hattie-May Inn

712 May St. - 1904 (NRHD, RTHL, DD)

The Maxwell House
The Liston House


A local builder, C.W. Maxwell constructed this house in 1904.  Records indicate that James Liston bought the house from him in 1907.  He was the owner of the Union Depot Saloon and the Century Bar.  They were located in Hell's Half Acre.  In 1917, Liston was shot and killed on the back porch.  Liston brought his proceeds home with him every Saturday night.  On that evening, he was met by three armed robbers.  Gunfire erupted and Liston was killed.  One of the men was captured a short distance away, but the other two were never caught.  The house remained in the Liston family until 1941.  The house is now the Hattie-May Inn, a Vegan Bed & Breakfast.

The home is generally rectangular in plan, and is sheathed in clapboard siding.  Two story gabled bays project to the front and sides.  A full porch extends across the front and extends to the projecting bays on the north and south sides.  A belvedere is located on the northeast corner of the house.  The front gables feature a decorative garland and there is an oval window in the attic. This is a rare for Fort Worth, wood-framed, Queen Anne Victorian house.


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