Located on the historic Butterfield Overland Trail route and across from the Jeff Davis County Courthouse in mountainous Fort Davis, Texas. This exquisite adobe home is a perfect balance of historic details and modern comforts. Many architectural details have been preserved, such as a formal foyer entry, two-foot-thick adobe walls, 11-foot tall bead board ceilings, oak hardwood and saltillo tile floors, picture rail and period woodwork throughout. This charming, well maintained 2500sf, 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with second floor hobby room offers many modern improvements, immaculately restored and maintained to the finest detail, including beautifully renovated kitchen with a five burner natural gas cook top, newly updated master bath with custom-built his-and-hers, spacious built-out closets and modern-day window treatments. The home has both central heat and air conditioning and mini-split heating and cooling systems in specific rooms to ensure year-round comfort. Original woodburning fireplaces have been converted to radiant natural gas. The former adobe garage has been transformed to a work-out studio and gym with DISH cable connection. Two covered concrete patios in the back of the home that are shaded by a mature pinon pine and green ash trees along with two giant sycamore trees and a sumac tree shade the front yard and native plant gardens.
History and Renovation
According to “Early Homes and Buildings of Fort Davis, Texas” by Mildred Bloys Nored and Jane Wiant. The 1909 adobe home was built by Frank Sproul on the San Antonio-El Paso road and lived there until his death. The house was sold by the Sproul estate in 1927, and it was owned by several different families until it was sold in 1936 to Dr. C. E. Eaton. In 1942, Otie Grubb bought the home from Eaton and the home remained in the Grubb family until 1989.
The home has been updated over the decades and was completely renovated in 2007-2009. New improvements include; new electrical wiring, plumbing systems, central heat and air conditioning, new roof, restored oak hard wood floors and new oak hard wood floors, casement thermal pane windows, modernized tiled baths, one with claw foot tub, period style lighting, plumbing fixtures and ceiling fans, closets were built-in all three bedrooms including an exceptionally large walk-in closet in the master bedroom suite and two large contemporary additions were added while holding true to the home’s historic roots. In 2010-2011, extensive landscaping and outdoor entertaining spaces were created including, concrete porches and sidewalk, cantilevered porch awning erected, native plant gardens and many trees were planted, gutters were added, and perimeter fencing and fabricated gates.
Built in 2011, the 2275sf custom Mueller building was designed with both form and function in mind. A multi-purpose building with three rooms was constructed adjacent to the home and serves as a three-car garage, 875sf workshop and 525sf garden room/wood working space. A full bath with walk-in shower was added to the garage in 2017. Two water storage tanks are in place to harvest rainwater and dew from the metal building roof for use in the garden.
Three-foot eves and a 3-in-12 pitched roof, combined with oversize garage doors, exterior metal doors with built-in “lights”. Bronze trim accents on the building provide a cozy, residential style look. Inside the garage section of the 35×65-foot structure you will find three, 25-foot deep vehicle bays that are over 10-feet wide each allowing for plenty of room in front and rear and an eight-foot door in the center garage bay. However, that same center bay was designed for a 12-foot-tall door and built with a commercial door operator and rails. Overhead Door conforms with a simple modification to the building and two additional door panels, this garage was built for Texas-sized trucks.
The center workshop area has interior walls with electric plugs that have been thoughtfully installed at “workbench height” around the perimeter of the room. The 875sf shop (25×35′) includes a large stainless-steel washtub that is great for work projects. The workshop offers a full bathroom with oversized tiled shower.
The rear “garden room” is 15×35′ (525sf) and has both 50-amp and 30-amp electric plugs for welding and other uses. The garden room includes a six-foot-wide screen door opening for moving equipment in and out, or simply to enjoy the cool mountain breeze. There is a 4-foot steel door between workshop and garden room that distinguishes the two areas!