Reynolds-Seaquist House (1891)
400 Broad Street
Mason, Mason County
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Reynolds-Seaquist House is a remarkable Victorian residence that is one of the best examples of Italianate architecture in the Texas Hill Country. Monumental in scale with 22 rooms, 15 fireplaces, a third-floor ballroom, wine cellar, and a water tower with shower room, it is an architectural landmark. Vacant and vulnerable, water, vagrants and mother nature threaten the long-term stability of this important Texas house.
Built in 1891 for E. M. Reynolds, a banker from New York, the house is evidence of the craftsmanship of local builder Richard Grosse. The asymmetrical sandstone mansion was further improved by its next owner, Oscar Seaquist, a Swedish bootmaker who came to Texas and eventually acquired the property in 1919. Featuring wrap-around porches, gables, turrets, alcoves, scroll-work, stained glass and towers, the house is pure architectural fantasy. Mason County is rallying to save the Reynolds-Seaquist House in hopes of restoring it to its former grandeur and opening it to the public for all to enjoy.
UPDATE: In 2015, the Seaquist House Foundation closed on the purchase of the Hill County landmark, and has undertaken clean-up projects and begun planning for its restoration and interpretation.
For more information, visit the Seaquist House Facebook page.