Waco: sneak a peek inside Cottonland Castle renovationsWaco: sneak a peek inside Cottonland Castle renovationshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=121602016-02-23T06:00:00Z2016-02-23T15:00:00Z


WACO - For years, the Cottonland Castle has been a landmark and a vacant eyesore for the historic neighborhoods along Austin Ave.

Now work has begun to turn the 126-year-old castle into a comfortable home while preserving its unique architecture.

That means installing new plumbing, wiring and climate control and creating a modern kitchen and bathrooms while meeting the preservation standards needed to maintain it as a registered Texas Historic Landmark.

The exterior will be restored to its original appearance, with diamond-paned windows carefully repaired, stone repointed and 1970s-era storm windows removed.

The team will also preserve and restore the ground-floor interior, which includes quartersawn oak and mahogany and breathtaking fireplaces made of carved French Caen stone and pink granite.

Another prized feature of the ground floor is the 9-foot-high oak front door, which still pivots easily on its hinges despite its weight of 400 pounds.

The upstairs layout will be modified to make room for modern bathrooms and closets, while preserving some notable details such as plaster crown molding.

The Cottonland Castle dates back to 1890, when a British-born stonemason named John Tennant began building the foundation and basement with stone left over from working on the Provident Building downtown.

The castle and its outbuilding required 120 train carloads of stone, mostly white sandstone. The three-story house included a basement, a 60-foot tower on the corner and a flat roof with a crenelated top.
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