Historic preservation and renovation are our passion. We love old buildings, the quality of construction from years gone by, and the character and charm that these old buildings contain. Most of all, we love the story that each building tells. As we begin to renovate a project, it’s with the intent to bring that building back to life and let the story continue.
Some recent projects we’ve been a part of include a full renovation of the Bartlett National Bank. It’s now a guest house and hosts guests who come to visit Bartlett, Texas, or who may just be passing through and happen to have found a gem. The bank was abandoned in 1931 during a national bank holiday and never reopened until the mid-1990’s when it was used as a bank for a few short years and abandoned again in favor of a newer building with a drive-up teller window.
Historic homes may be one of our favorite projects to take on! We took 514 Davis Street in Taylor, Texas, from a dilapidated old building to a gorgeous Painted Lady. Its Victorian character and charm are accentuated by the historic color selections and the fully restored kitchen to include a 1920’s (modern for the home) fridge. Each doorknob and handle was restored by hand. The upstairs had oil-rubbed bronze fixtures while the downstairs featured copper fixtures! We did this because, back in the day, oil-rubbed bronze was considered the cheaper alternative. Funny how it’s popular today and considered a higher-end choice.
Amazing Realty - Historic Preservation - 514 Davis Street
We love to renovate and restore historic homes, historic office buildings, and even entire old towns! We are currently in the process of restoring Downtown Bartlett, Texas. Buying the bank just wasn’t enough for us. We fell in love with the town and are working with a client who is going to make Bartlett a destination town. Watch this space for updates on the renovation of this sweet historic town.
Our Historic preservation work includes but is not limited to:
Consultation on how to successfully restore a historic building while preserving its character
Full electrical upgrades with minimal damage to original walls and textures
Full plumbing upgrades with minimal damage to walls and floors where possible
Tasteful HVAC updates to add modern comforts without ruining the look of the property
Historic paint color selection
Full interior renovation to include historic wallpapers, tile, hardwood flooring restoration, and tin ceiling restoration
Roof renovations to include historic metal roofing detail
Room additions where permitting allowed and not limited by historic designations