Tour the Incredible Texas Hill Country Victorian Being Restored to its Former Glory
As Nonie Stringer explained to the Houston Chronicle, there are only two reasons people come to the tiny Texas Hill Country town of Mason: to see the Civil War landmark Fort Mason, and to tour the Seaquist House.
But not too long ago, Mason was in danger of losing one of those reasons.
The Seaquist House, a sprawling Victorian mansion made of Hill Country limestone that dates back to 1887 had been unoccupied for about 10 years when it hit the market in 2012. Ravaged by animals, people, and time, the once-beautiful home listed on the National Register of Historic Places had become a money pit.
Nobody seemed interested in buying it, and by 2014 it seemed destined for destruction. That is until a group of local Masonites came together to see if they could purchase it. The Seaquist House Foundation successfully bought the house in 2015 and began working on restoration. Even today, the work is far from over.
Stringer, the current president of the foundation, told the Chronicle that the group's goal is to eventually host community events in the space.
"We want to get the house back to its original beauty as much as we can," Stringer said. "I've got granddaughters that might want to get married there some day."
Highlights include 22 rooms, 15 fireplaces, a third-floor ballroom and game room, a wine cellar, chapel, vintage stained glass, and a three-story water tower with shower room.
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The Seaquist House
The rock work was hand carved by Rev. Thomas A. Broad, a master stonemason and Methodist Episcopal minister. Broad carved images of the home’s second owner, M.E. Reynolds, as well as his wife Jenny and their daughter Benellen on the southside chimney.