- downhometravelerYesterday, we decided we would explore parts of Fort Worth that we had not yet seen.
As soon as we drove by this home, I was intrigued. Then, I saw a historical marker and knew we had to stop.
Rock Island is one of the oldest parts of Fort Worth, known for the proximity to the railroad and the Rock Island Railroad Company. This is the Garvey-Viehl house. Built in the early 1880's, it sits high on a hill overlooking the Trinity and the Coyote drive-in, not far from the historic Stockyards.
Mr. Garvey was a grocery dealer who had a store on Main Street near the courthouse. His wife, was granddaughter of Baldwin Samuel who the street is named after. Imagine it's grandeur years ago in all of its glory. (Yes, those are lions next to the front steps.)
Now on the verge of being condemned and Fort Worth loses a little bit of its history. This would be the best little B&B or home if restored. What's gem. Sadly, we never knew this part of town existed and it was the top find of our day. Now, I'm only intrigued further with a dream of restoring this home. #exploreyourcity #seefortworth #historicalmarker #thisoldhouse #ipulledoverforthis #garveyveihlhouse
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- thewanderbloggerIt's beautiful! I'd love to restore it and live in it!
- alysontartI love this house! I saw it was for sale recently and seriously tried to talk my husband into buying for a b&b but he wasn't sold. @thewanderblogger we can go in together 😊
- thewanderblogger@alysontart I'd seriously consider it! Did it sell??
- downhometraveler@alysontart @thewanderblogger my first thought as well! I'd love to turn this into a B&B. I'm sure there's a high price tag on it. Online it says two brothers own the property and they're holding out to get the highest bid possible, most likely to a developer. It's a gem!
- alysontart@downhometraveler @thewanderblogger yes, it sold for something like $500,000. Although to be fair probably needs that much in work!! Hopefully they don't sell it to developers to tear down 😥
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- fieldstonehilllove this!!!!
- jwrightSlight tweak, it was built in early 1880's, not 1800's. :)
- downhometraveler@jwright thank you! I've made the edit.
- adrianaapenaThe buyer is actually building an apartment complex around the house. The house will be the leasing office.
- austin_gtiSee @urbanfortworth for more about the house & apartment complex
- rebekahgwalkerI've always love driving down Samuels and Grand Avenue too.
- fwblackhouseIt's coming back!!