Historic Homes for Sale:  Cartwright house

One of the Ah-Ma-Zing historic homes for sale in Texas, this towered Second Empire stunner comes FULLY FURNISHED with period ANTIQUES!!  What??  Built in 1883, this Victorian house is a registered Texas Historic Landmark, and also listed on The National Registry of Historic Places.  It has over 7,000 square feet, 25 foot high grand entry columns, a mansard roof tower, original woodwork & stained glass.  Recently approved by the zoning board to be a Bed & Breakfast, this old house would be an incredible real estate investment.  Who’s in?


As written by the current owners

The Cartwright house was built in 1883 for The Matthew Cartwright Family. Their ten children enjoyed the 7,000 square foot house. The Carwright brother lived next door with nine children, so the house always full of children playing from the fourth floor to the large yards.

The original house didn’t have a kitchen attached because everyone was very afraid of fire destroying their homes. The house under went changes in the early 1940’s when the two sisters inherited the house. They lived in the house until the 1980’s when a grandson inherited the house. The last thirty years the house had little or no maintenance until we purchased the Grand Old Lady and brought her back to life.

The house has over 70 columns with a beautiful 2nd floor balcony . The entry columns are 25 feet high. The Grand Entry and front porch is covered in captivating tile using several shade of beige and brown tiles laid in a triangle design with a deep Victorian royal blue tile giving the regal feel to the large entry. The same tile was used in the Bishop Palace in Galveston, Texas. The entry has the original light fixture and walnut staircase that opens to the third floor.
The entry has a 1800’s American Pier Mirror flanked by two chairs with the egg motif often used by Mallard in the design of his furniture.

A square Empire table has a large floral and a 1850’s bronze calling card bowl. The double set of large doors open into parlors with 1880’s furnishings and a flat Grand piano by John Broadwood & Son ofLondon England.
The house has nine fireplaces, many with Texas slate for the mantle, the other have period wooded mantles. The floors are original to the home, with inlaid parquet of oak and walnut.

The Sunroom has beaded walls, painted a soft white, the windows are accentedwith antique French panels of red etched glass that are very rare.

All the bedroom have period furniture each one is very different. The half tester has four matching pieces. The 1860 four poster from New Orleans was American made, the wardrobe and marble dresser are French .
The high Victorian bedroom suite came from a Doctor’s home in Oklahoma .
The dainty girls room has a 1900’s Suite with a very rare ladies hidden potty beneath a seat.
The third floor has the original beaded board wall and wood plank floors
The fourth floor has eight windows to view the beautiful yard. The backyard has an original Gazebo and a large tool house. The 1.3 acre yard has many old tree and hydrangea and azalea.

Historic Marker

Victorian residence, 1883. Built by third generation Texan, Matthew Cartwright (1855-1925), rancher, banker, civic leader; married Mary Cynthia Davenport. Had ten children. Entertained artists, statesmen in this house. One of first large homes in Terrell; enlarged 1893. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1968

Historic Marker Number 9424


National Registry Listing  Number 2079002988





Matthew Cartwright House