Friday, April 4, 2014

1221 Main Street

Old timers in Georgetown remember when this house at 1221 Main St. was owned by a man who operated the best nursery in town in his back yard. Today, the house is vacant but was recently sold. I had the opportunity to see it while it was on the market, and it is definitely one that realtors would say has "lots of potential."
If whoever bought it has plenty of money, this house could be fixed up to look as nice as the house next door to it.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

New B&Bs coming

Georgetown is soon going to have two new bed and breakfasts right across from each other on Church Street. The building that housed the former Church Street Salon and Spa was sold and is now operating as a bed and breakfast called the Sweet Lemon. The house was recently repainted from blue to mint green.

In the meantime, HARC has approved plans for a bed and breakfast to be built on the vacant lot at  201 E. 9th St. Early renderings for the proposed building are shown below.

Recycled House

Norma Harris, the widow of Southwestern University English professor Jack Harris, told me a neat story this week about the house she and her husband built at 1402 Hutto Rd. She said some of the wood their house was built from came from one of the small houses that was torn down to make room for the new President's House at Southwestern (The Turner-Fleming House).

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Getting bigger

The same thing is happening to this house at the corner of Myrtle and 5th Streets that we are seeing happen to a lot of other small houses in Old Town: People are buying them and putting on major additions.

The Maresh/Racket Store Building

This former commercial building-turned residence at 120 East 8th St. was the highlight of the Georgetown Heritage Society's 2013 home tour for me. I have been wanting to see it for years, and finally got the chance. It was well worth the 15-minute wait in near-freezing temperatures. What architect Tom Nichols has done inside the house is truly amazing. Even though the house only has about 800 square feet of living space, they have managed to pack in an entry room, a living room, a dining area a kitchen, a bedroom, an office and an amazing bathroom.

The W.C. Vaden House

This house at 711 E. University Ave.  has several interesting connections to Southwestern University. It was originally built in 1908 for classics professor Wesley Carroll Vaden, who was Southwestern's longest-serving professor until recently (that honor is now held by retired math professor John Chapman). Vaden was married to Kate Lockett, the daughter of prominent businessman Melville B. Lockett. An interesting historical tidbit is that Lockett moved to Georgetown so his daughters could attend Southwestern University. Three of his daughters ended up marrying professors at Southwestern.

After Vaden died, Kate (Lockett) Vaden rented out one of the rooms in the house. Among the people who lived in this room was Iola Bowden, a very famous Southwestern professor in her own right. Bowden taught piano lessons to the young Ellsworth Peterson, who went on to become a distinguished music professor at Southwestern. Peterson himself lived in this house for six years before purchasing the house across University Avenue.

This is one of the houses in Georgetown that was built by Charles Belford. It is currently occupied by a business, but they plan to sell it soon because they have outgrown the space. So if anyone is looking for an unusual Victorian house, look for this to go on the market in 2014.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

New Residence Coming

This lot at the corner of Ash and 7th streets has recently been purchased by someone who plans to build a new house on it.