Welcome to a living piece of history where the elegance of the past meets modern luxury. Nestled within the heart of Gonzales, Texas, this 5-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom historic home is a true testament to architectural finesse and timeless grandeur.
Originally built in 1851 as the Gonzales College, this majestic abode boasts a rich history that's etched in its very stones. Crafted by the skilled hands of builder John Mooney at a cost of $7,250, the two-story structure, measuring 60' by 34', has witnessed countless tales unfold within its walls.
In 1853, the college's doors opened to 50 eager students, marking a significant milestone in education. As early as 1857, it became one of the first Texas colleges to confer Bachelor of Arts degrees to female students, boldly stepping ahead of its time.
In 1891, the property transitioned into a family home when purchased for $2,000 by W.M. Atkinson, an alum of the college. Stone from the Maurin Quarry was used for remodeling, preserving the original features while adding an iron fence and a cupola with a lookout tower.
In 1962, the Wilson family acquired this cherished piece of history and embarked on a mission to restore it to its former glory. The house was lovingly preserved and furnished to echo the Atkinsons' era.
Today, under the ownership of Constance Jaeggi, the home has undergone extensive renovations that meticulously retained its structural integrity. Completed in April 2015, no expense was spared to ensure that this historical gem was revitalized to perfection. Investing over $1.5M, the sole directive from the Jaeggi’s was to “do it right”.
The recent renovations include a brand new foundation, plumbing, electrical wiring, and air conditioning, all carefully concealed beneath original pine wainscoting and beautiful long leaf pine floors. The kitchen is a masterpiece with custom longleaf pine cabinets, marble countertops, modern appliances, and intricate tin ceilings. Seven working fireplaces warm the home, each adorned with mantles that blend tradition with comfort.
The bedrooms and their respective bathrooms have been immaculately remodeled, including elegant Italian glass chandeliers that add a touch of modern luxury and are the only non-original light fixtures in the home. The property also features two porches and two balconies with the original flooring and ceilings carefully preserved.
The house's 172-year-old structure stands proudly, having undergone extensive reinforcement and preservation. All stone and brickwork were meticulously repointed, ensuring the house retains its timeless charm.
Beyond the historic walls, the front walk and porch have been reconstructed using old Gonzales brick, and a charming fountain graces the backyard, also built from the same historic bricks.
Experience the fusion of history and luxury in this extraordinary 5-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home, where every corner tells a story of the past while offering the comforts of today. Make this historic masterpiece your own and become part of its enduring legacy.
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