The Bastrop County
The annual Historic Holiday Homes Tour was held from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. on December 13th, 2003. Five featured homes were on display and are shown below:
The Mary Duval House--1502 Pecan Street.
This house was built by J.B. Price in 1896 and was constructed during the transition period from the ornate Victorian era to the tailored Edwardian era. Mary Duval bought the house in 1908 and lived there until her death in 1937.The house was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
The E.S. Orgain House--1704 Main Street
Mr. B.D. Orgain built this Colonial style home in 1941 as a wedding present for his son Elbert and his bride Louise. The home remained in the family until shortly after the death of Louise in 1970.The stately columned porch is repeated inside the house. A dramatic staircase rises from the entrance hall to the second floor and is highlighted by a beveled glass, oval window. The home features an exterior of selected cypress trim, hardwood floors, and brass light fixtures with crystal shades.
The P.O. Elzner House--802 Main Street
P.O. Elzner arrived in Bastrop in 1858. He was a civic leader in the community for many years. In 1890 he built this home with its Greek revival traits with some Victorian features. Over the years there has been a blending of several additions to the original structure. Today the home is a bed and breakfast with a view of the Colorado River.
The Chalmers House-1702 Water Street
This house was built in 1917 by Calhoun and Susan Chalmers. Now the fifth generation of Chalmers live in this home. The floor plan contains a formal living and dining room, four bedrooms, three baths, a sun porch and three porches. The antique front doors are hand carved with stained glass. There are several French doors in the house and 56 windows.
The Hasler-Bartsch House--710 Jefferson
This house was built by Caroline Austin in 1891. She deeded it to the children of Bertha Rabensburg with the stipulation that she would live in it until her death. J.T. Hasler bought the home from the Rabensburg family in 1910. The Hasler family lived there until 1961 when it was sold to the Anton Bartsch family. In 1985, a fire heavily damaged the roof and kitchen. In the repair and remodeling effort, an upstairs bedroom, bath, and sitting area were added. The Bartsch family sold the house in 1991. In 1999 the current owners made a few changes and operate it as a Bed and Breakfast.
Tickets: $10.00, Children under 12 free
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