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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Nick of time

In January of this year, I posted about an A. Quincy Jones house not far from my own home in Fort Worth, Texas, that was in danger of being demolished. In a subsequent update in March, I was able to report that the house had a better chance of survival, since the asking price had been lowered.

I am happy to report that the 8400-square-foot home was purchased last Friday by a Fort Worth couple who appreciates the architecture and has the resources to restore the one-of-a-kind house, built for oilman Andrew Fuller and his wife almost 60 years ago.

The property on Charron Lane in west Fort Worth had been held by a Frost Bank trust in the name of Amon Carter III, the son of former Star-Telegram publisher Amon Carter Jr. and the grandson of Fort Worth legend Amon Carter Sr., according to an article by Star-Telegram reporter Chris Vaughn, who has followed the story from the beginning.

The house was threatened with demolition earlier in the year because no one would pay the original asking price of almost $1 million, since the house had fallen into such disrepair since Carter moved out four years ago. Vaughn's story in January generated interest in the fate of the property, and the price was dropped considerably in order to make a sale.

The Fuller House had been listed as one of the city's "most endangered" properties by Historic Fort Worth, a preservation group. The sale of the house will be celebrated by local mid-century enthusiasts, as well as those around the world.

Andrew and Geraldine Fuller, who had many friends in Hollywood, commissioned A. Quincy Jones to design the house, which was completed in 1953 on 17 acres in the Ridglea neighborhood. They hired William Haines, a former actor and famous mid-century interior designer, to oversee the decor. Every room is a different geometric shape--a circle, a trapezoid, a rhombus, to name a some.

T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings designed custom furniture to fit the gigantic rooms with 20-foot ceilings. The Fullers entertained lavishly in the home, with guests including Jimmy Stewart and Joan Crawford.

Thanks to all of you who have followed my posts about this beautiful piece of mid-century history. Many of you have commented here and elsewhere, helping to create a climate of support for the property, which made it less likely that the former owner would raze the house.

And, most of all, thanks to the buyers who saved this important landmark from the wrecking ball. I hope they will share photos of it with all of us when the restoration is complete.


Photo courtesy Historic Fort Worth
View of Fuller house from pool 

12 comments:

  1. That's so awesome and so is that house. I didn't realize it was on 17 acres, that makes it more of a dream home.

    Congrats to the lucky owners.

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    1. It was originally built on 17 acres, but in the 80s and 90s, pieces of land were sold in order to build McMansions all around it. That was after the original owners and their niece, who owned it for several years, were gone. A shame, really...

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    1. I definitely breathed a sigh of relief.

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  3. That is the best news I've had all morning! Fantastic!

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    1. I knew you'd be happy to hear the news! :)

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  4. Good news! Now hoping someone would by the David and Gladys Wright house in Arizona before it might be demolished. Nice new picture of you.

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    1. Yes, I hope that house escapes the wrecking ball too. Thanks for the kind words about the photo. Seems like usable ones are fewer and farther between than when I was in my twenties. Wonder why that is...LOL

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  5. Gorgeous home! Thank goodness someone was able to save it.

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    1. I was so relieved when I heard it had sold. I could just imagine another McMansion going up on that spot, and it made me sick!

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  6. Hi again! Just read through the posts relating to this house. How fantastic that it was finally purchased. Looks like an incredible home.

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    1. The new owner had it completely restored, and I just received an email from the architectural consultant for the project. He has offered a private tour if I get a group together. I can't wait to see it in all its new glory. I was so afraid it was going to be demolished.

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