This old house at 309 N. Main Street has been renovated and turned in to a coffee shop. It was closed when I took this photo, but when it is open it seems to be quite popular.
Sunday, June 23, 2019
The Lane-Riley House at 1302 College Street, which dates back to 1872, has been vacant as long as I have been doing this blog. The house has changed hands three times in the past 10 years, but none of the owners ever followed through on renovations. Now, a couple from Lufkin has purchased the house and has announced plans to spend $175,000 on renovations. Their proposed renovations have been approved by both the Texas Historical Commission and Georgetown's Historical and Architectural Review Commission.
It wasn't until this year's Preservation Georgetown Home Tour that I learned about the history of the house. It was originally built in 1916 by the Griffith Lumber Company for Tom Peaslee, who lived there with his wife, Jennie, and their two children. Peaslee was the owner and operator of a meat market on Austin Avenue to the left of the Palace Theater.
When Greg and Linda Austin bought the house in 2003, it was still pretty much in its original condition. In fact, they even found an old Model A in the garage shed, completely obscured by trash and scrap metal!
The Austins added an addition at the back of the house that gives them a garage and guest bedroom, as well as a master bathroom and more kitchen space. But the addition and other renovations have stayed true to the original craftsman style of the home. I love every opportunity I get to see this house!