Built by Sam and Edna Gladney in 1915, 517 W. Birge in Sherman has been restored to its former glory. The property has been home to many prominent Sherman residents throughout the years.
Samuel Gladney was president of Sherman’s Gladney Milling Co. Edna started a day care for underprivileged children in Sherman, which remained open until a few years ago. The couple was best known for establishing the Edna Vincent Gladney home a social institution still in existence in Fort Worth.
Prominent banker and officer with Merchants and Planters National Bank P.R. Markham purchased the home in 1921. He lived in the house from the time Edna Gladney vacated until his wife’s death in 1950. The next owner was Dr. John Ellis and wife Ruth Ellis, who bought the house in 1950 as a safe place to raise their family.
Cadillac hearse salesman Randall Noe purchased the property in 1964. Fredlyn Noe worked at Tapans Jewelry store in downtown Sherman. After Randall Noe’s death in 1976 Fredlyn Noe continued to raise her two children in the house. She remained in the home until 2008.
In 2011 the house was purchased by a couple intent on bringing the home up to date with city codes and restoring it to its original 1915 beauty. The two-story Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie Style home was restored including the restoration of all 54 original wood windows and 18 wood french doors.
Frank Lloyd Wright founded his architectural practice in 1893 in Chicago. Wright created the Prairie style after being inspired by the broad and flat landscape of the Midwest. The style is known as the first uniquely American architectural style of what is termed, “the American Century.” Before that time house styles were taken from old European architecture.
The current owners purchased the home in 2014. The 3,740-square-foot property is now listed by Ronnie Cole with Virginia Cook Realtors for $375,000.
Large mature trees surround the home shielding it from the street and providing privacy. The property sits on 0.672 acres near historic downtown Sherman.
The driveway leads first under the attached porte-cochere and then through to the carriage house now serving as the garage. The two-car garage has a potential efficiency apartment overhead.
A tiled roof and white trim doors and windows add accents to the dark brick exterior of the home. Steps lead up to the green front door and small brick walkway extending from four separate from doorways.
The entryway opens onto a living room with wood beam headers running across the ceiling. Electric blinds allow the historic windows the option to provide either light or privacy.
Original wood floors and subflooring continue throughout the home. A two-sided fireplace sits between the living room and sunroom. The living room side is ornately tiled with formal mantel.
The tiled sunroom displays exposed brick with walls of large glass doors welcoming light to the sunny room. The sunroom side of the fireplace is bricked in its entirety.
The formal dining room bridges the way from the living space to the kitchen. Completely remodeled, the kitchen still manages to maintain its historic integrity with white floor to ceiling cabinetry. Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances add modern convenience.
A butler’s pantry lays adjacent to the kitchen and open to the stairwell and laundry room. The second floor of the home opens onto a large reading room complete with a long row of white bookcases. Uniquely textured finishes accent the barrier between the space and the stairwell.
The second floor is home to two of the three bathrooms and all of the three bedrooms. The bathroom flooring is detailed with small hexagonal tiling and accented with bead-board and built-in medicine cabinets.
The large master has an on-suite full bath and walk-in closet. The bedroom mirrors the wooden beams from the first-floor living area and is complemented by the wooden four-poster bed.
Each bedroom has numerous large windows which open in for increased ventilation and to create a cross breeze.
A second story living room lies above the sunroom and continues the exposed brick along its walls. The room is surrounded by rows of large windows.
Large basement provides storage and access to the grounds. With complete wiring, HVAC, water line and light fixture upgrades the historic home is able to maintain its original aesthetics while providing homeowners with a modern living experience.