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2023 Holiday Homes
The B. D. Orgain House. 1508 Church Street
A fabulous example of late 19th century Victorian architecture, returns to this year’s tour after twenty-three years! The Orgain’s built their elaborate mansion in 1888 and it soon became the social center of Bastrop with wraparound galleries, smoking porches, massive pocket doors, and stained-glass windows throughout.
A 2 story Prairie-style house built in 1911 by a banker and business investor and his wife, Lillie. They moved to Bastrop from Crockett, Texas when J. T. was hired to manage Citizens State Bank. After J. T.’s death, Lillie purchased the Bastrop Hotel where she cooked Sunday lunches for the “elite” of Bastrop.
The Adolph A. Erhard Carriage House. 1209 Pecan Street
Constructed circa 1870s to serve as a carriage house for the A. A. Erhard House next door, a second level servants’ quarters was added between 1921 and 1934. Carriages were backed into the Beech Street side through large bay doors, a central staircase led from Beech Street to the second floor, and the “front” door was on the south side for easy access to the Erhard’s Italianate mansion.
The Fowler-Jenkins House. 1302 Pecan Street
Built by local architect Joseph Pfeiffer, this ornate late Victorian frame house was a wedding gift from J. P. Fowler to his son. Hartford Jenkins, Sr. purchased it in 1912 and had it rolled on logs to its present location. Hartford was on the 1899 University of Texas football squad.
The Bastrop Opera House. 711 Spring Street
Constructed in 1889 by two local businessmen for $15,000, its floor plan included a balcony, an orchestra pit, a large stage, and dressing rooms. Today the Opera House thrives with a full season of plays and musicals. A new capital campaign will commence for it in 2024.
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