Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Historic McKinney Tour of Homes

McKinney, a community north of Dallas, is the county seat of Collin County and was established in 1848. There are still a number of homes from the 1800's and early 1900's there today. It is a wonderfully vibrant, walkable community. They host a home tour every December. I took advantage of the wonderful weather and headed out on Saturday.

This house was built in the late 1800's, moved (by being cut in half!) sometime in the middle of the 20th century and completely restored in 2013. The restoration is quite modern, but did retain the original floors and wood work.

Loved this bucket list idea that was in the teen daughters bedroom.

The original fireplace.

This house was built in 1897. It's a lovely, traditional, if rather plain Victorian.
The fireplace in the ladies parlor. The wife of the original owner was allowed to pick out two "fancy" things. One of her choices was the Italian glass tile on the fireplace.
The master bath.
Fireplace mantle in the front parlor.
The second fancy thing, a china cabinet.
This home,a classic foursquare,was built in 1910.
These kitchen floors were imported from France and were originally in a monastery.
The living room.
 Another late 1800's house that is now a B&B.

A nook in one of the upstairs bedrooms.
This house was built in 2008 in a neighborhood of houses meant to appear historic. It is a lovely home full of many unique decorating ideas.

 Christmas display on top of the built in cabinets flanking the fireplace.

Part of the tour included access to Chestnut Square, a living history museum. This is the school building on site. This was the first school established in McKinney.

Carolers getting ready.

1 comment:

Happyone said...

Oh I love going on house tours. You got to tour some really beautiful homes.


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