GRONA HOUSE, Kerrville,
Texas: Reconstruction/Restoration Project of a 1890 residence for use as the Kerrville Board of
Realtors MLS Offices.
In order for
historical structures to survive there must be a "raison d'etre."
Whether it be an office like MLS, a dining establishment like the Depot,
retail, museum, living quarters, or other current use, the greatest
criteria in a retrofit is to be economically feasible in order to create a
stream of income or other economic benefit, not to be a merely a visual,
nostalgic touchstone. This delicate balance must be carefully
weighed by owner and his/her architect, lest it become neither
economically feasible nor historically significant. We do not do
As an Associate Architect
with Denny & Ray we performed restorations on numerous
projects for the Heritage Society. The Long Row (Stores)
reconstruction, which in 1937-1939 served as the original
capitol of the fledgling Republic of Texas, was originally
at the site of the Rice Hotel.
The Pillot House was the
early family residence of the Texas grocery giant Henke
& Pillot. All restorations were eventually
relocated or reconstructed accurately in Sam Houston Park
in Downtown Houston, Texas, along Buffalo Bayou, a few
blocks upstream from the Harrisburg Turning Basin.
With the Kerr County
Historical Commission we were instrumental in the saving
of "Old Tivy School," including the raising of
$100,000 in supplemental funds for restoration over and
above what the District was willing to spend
Old Tivy serves as the Administrative Offices for Kerrville
Independent School District since 1984. Killis
Almond AIA, of San Antonio, was the architect of
record. We acted as the architectural representative
to the Commission.
restoration/reconstruction experience from
the original Capitol of Texas in Houston to the Kerrville MLS Office to the Comfort
Library to the Old Tivy School to historic homes gives you the benefit of
our experience across Texas in assuring value is engineered into your
project and every structure has a "reason to be."
2012 Michael Neal Walker, Architect #3491