A friend photographer knows a guy.... As it turns out, he is in the midst of completely refinishing the old Booth House aka Clark Mansion (renamed West Mansion) in Taylor Texas. Affectionately known as a money pit. He graciously allowed us access at sunrise to capture the progress.
Built in 1876 by Crawford Booth. An Union officer and founder of the Taylor National Bank. He also donated 30 acres for buggy racing, which his daughter and continued after Crawford passed on. The Clark’s purchased the home in 1958. They were noted for their entertaining. Daughter Sherry took over and turned it into a destinations for weddings and smaller events.
There is a lot of detail wood working all over
In 2017 J. West purchased and began the laborious journey into making it a family home. The distinctive home has Louisiana Long Leaf pine and black ebony staircase. Original stain glass, parquet floors, beveled glass, a keyhole window, octagon turret with dome roof polygonal bays (Queen Anne detailing), spindle balustrade. Plus Mr. West is adding a modern kitchen add-on, in the back.
Did I mention the overly friendly Emus?
I am usually the first one to chastise folks for touching or moving objects in old buildings. Yet I just could not resist this.....
Gave it a couple cranks and away it went!
Some former families pictures
Don’t know. Not sure. He has been sitting there awhile
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