Offered At $615,000
2,900 sqft · main house·
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and nestled in the base of Sleeping Lion Mountain, this gem is located on 2.3 acres at the end of Court Avenue in Ft. Davis. Within walking distance of down town, this private residence is nestled in past boulders and beyond paved streets. The art and culture-infused Marfa is 25 miles South and just North is the Fort Davis National Historic Site. A further drive North along the Scenic Loop brings the majestic Davis Mountains Preserve, the McDonald Observatory. Parks, wildlife and Far West Texas scenery makes it a central location from which to enjoy all that the region offers.
Built in 1903 by Harry Grierson, one of four sons of Colonel Benjamin Grierson, the post commander of Fort Davis and the US 10th Cavalry, known as the Buffalo Soldiers as his town home. When Harry Grierson returned to the family ranch in Fort Davis at the turn of the century and he built several homes in the town of Fort Davis. These homes were often rented by other area ranchers as family town homes so their children could attend school. The Grierson House was one of these homes.
The Texas Historical Commission has described the house as follows:
“This masonry residence resembles other buildings in the community, including several officers' quarters at the military post of Fort Davis. Completed in 1908 by local craftsman B.H. Grierson, Jr., the house incorporates pink volcanic rock, known as tuff, that exemplifies early twentieth-century construction. In 1912, a fire destroyed much of the structure, but local rancher and county sheriff Franklin Sproul directed the restoration of the home. It is due in large part to the Sproul family that the residence became a center for community activities. The home now serves as an architectural link to the military and agricultural history of West Texas.”
While retaining the charm of its original construction, the Grierson House has been renovated to include modern amenities. The 2900 square foot, two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom home has updated plumbing and electrical, a new roof, central heat and air conditioning, laundry, back deck and screened in bar with porch and contiguous office/casita. The bedrooms each have a private bathroom – one with a cast iron claw foot tub/shower the other with a half bath and double sinks. A modern walk-in shower and sink is the guest bathroom and includes the utility room with washer/dryer hook-ups. There are two fireplaces which could be relined to be in working order. Hard wood floors, 12 foot high ceilings and Arts + Crafts details run throughout the home.
Two outbuildings complete the structures on the property and include the historic carriage house and a newly built office/cantina. The historic carriage house has been used as a storage area and has an extra refrigerator along with cement flooring ideal for a workshop, storage or studio.
Next to the carriage house is the office/cantina. There is a screened in bar with sink in the back which opens onto a wooden deck facing the Palisade Rocks. Easily converted to a private casita for visitors or simply enjoyed as is with extra closet space in the office and a mini-split for maximum comfort.
The well-tended landscaping adds another layer of comfort to this ideal haven. Old growth trees and native plantings complement the gracious home and enhance the enjoyment of relaxing on one of the porches.
901 Court Avenue
Ft. Davis, TX
Year Built: circa 1903
Building Size: 2,900 SF
Lot Size: .236 Acres
Property Type: Residential
Property Status: For Sale
Property Features: Adobe, Hardwood Floors, Storeroom, Office/Cantina, Porches and Decks, HVAC System, Carport