We'd Buy This Stunning Painted Lady in a Heartbeat
by Annilee Waterman.
Everything is bigger (and better) in Texas, including the old houses! We’re so excited to welcome interior designer and old house enthusiast Annilee B. Waterman to the CIRCA team, who will periodically share with us her favorite old house findings all across the Lone Star State.
Behold this beautiful Queen Anne-style painted lady down in Waxahachie (between Dallas and Waco). There’s some conflicting dates for the exact age of the home; built somewhere between 1885 to 1887. No matter though, it’s clearly a glorious Victorian. The home was built by the cofounder of Texas Power and Light Company, and pioneer of the area’s interurban lines, J.F. Stickland, and was later owned by local Druggist J.W. Sawyer. It is now a Texas Landmark, and listed on the National Registry.
500 Oldham Ave, Waxahachie
Style: Queen Anne
Property Type: Single Family Home
Date Listed: 6/19/2016
Status: For Sale
4 bedrooms | 3.5 bath | 5,083 sqft
The architect, C.W. Thrash, took full advantage of the corner curb appeal, blessing this house with double decker curved wrap around porches with a 3 story octagon turret! Sitting on a corner lot, the house and auxiliary structures span the entire length of the side street, which dead ends after the property’s 7 garage spaces and 2 guest houses. The guest houses and garages are additions, but are at the back of the property and don’t disrupt the original architecture. The house has been very well cared for, and boasts some fantastic features. I mean, seriously: hand carved woodwork, original stained glass, horizontal and vertical pocket doors, 6 fireplaces, inlaid & painted floors, claw foot tubs, spandrels, fretwork, fish scales…Phew!
Ok, so there are a few cosmetic updates that I would do. I see some upholstered walls, a bit of baby blue carpet, some 1980’s drapery and dated wallpaper that could go for sure. But, that’s all easily fixed, and well worth it when the house looks like this.
The front door! It’s so beautiful, and looks like it’s never been painted!
The hand carved wood detailing in the foyer and grand staircase are amazing.
Vertical rising pocket doors! What?
Spandrels, and Fireplaces and Stained Glass Galore!
Inlaid wood floors and antique light fixtures in the dining room, yes please.
Where does this ladder go??
The kitchen’s been redone recently in a traditional style, with antiqued cabinetry and granite counters. The space is opened to the family, giving a modern open concept appeal.
Not sure what’s happening on those steps of the second staircase, but I like it.
Antique stove + exposed brick = yes.
Clawfoot tubs, plural…
And, yes, that would be 7 garage spaces & 2 guest houses! (One is an RV garage!)
Oh yeah, and a pool!
AUTHOR ANNILEE WATERMAN
Annilee Waterman is a Texas Registered Interior Designer, and old house enthusiast. She lives just outside of Dallas Texas, and specializes in restoring and renovating old houses, designing historic reconstruction, and adding character to new homes through architectural detail and decor. Inspired by beautifully restored and perfectly maintained historic places, she loves fixer uppers and diamonds in the rough. When she’s not designing houses, you can find her fixing up her own vintage Cape Cod cottage, or shopping at vintage shops and antique markets, or visiting historic places. You can see more about her at DesignerAnnilee.