Grammer-Pierce House, 2232 College Avenue
Stacy Luecker is a tour de force in Fairmount. Having worked as an editor for the Tarrant County College communications department for many years, she recreated and redesigned the Nationally Award winning Fairmount Newsletter Magazine and has been the Communications Director in the district for several years. She and her husband Eric and both professional photographers, and their beautiful work is seen frequently online and twice yearly in the beautiful neighborhood publication. Stacy has also written for and had photographs included in nationwide magazines such as American Bungalow and Old House Journal.
She has also been instrumental in the historic and proper exterior paint color selections for many homes in Fairmount, including the recently redone Gunhild-Weber House at 1404 S. Adams—a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark and a house that Historic Fort Worth was instrumental in seeing saved and sold to an appreciative and perfect new owner.
When Stacy started online research of her home, she immediately came across the Grammer name, a very familiar name in FW history and thus ignited the spark in her to go for a official Texas historic marker. Her home was the only house awarded a Registered Texas Historic Landmark designation for 2014 in Tarrant County and NO houses were awarded RTHL status in Tarrant County for 2015. Applying for and receiving a historic marker, just the application process and the marker production to the dedication can be a 2-3 year process. The dedication ceremony was finally held during the annual Fairmount Tour of Historic Homes on Mother’s Day this year.
It is only one of three houses in the local Fairmount Southside Historic District with the RTHL designation the last house received that designation in 1978. They are the Benton House (RTHL 1971), and the Gunhild-Weber House (RTHL 1978) (The one in Chase Ct., not part of the local district but part of the Fairmount National Historic District, the Dr. Clay Johnson House, was in 1984. So if you include that home, it is one of four instead of three and the last one would then be in 1984.) Since the dedication she is working on and has inspired several other homeowners to start the application process in Fairmount to eventually receive their own deserved mTexas Markers, included the Ben E. Keith home on S. Adams St., and the Ninnie L. Baird home (Mrs. Baird’s Bread) on Washington Ave.
Both families of Stacy’s College Ave home, the Grammers and the Pierces, were represented by their ancestors at the dedication event. Bobby Grammer, the great-great grandson of Nathaniel and Lula Grammer found the Lueckers during Home Tour the previous year when their house was on the tour celebrating its 100th birthday. He walked into the house and saw the photo of his great-great grandfather on the wall in the living room. It was his father, Robert Grammer and Bobby that they met with that night to look at what they had found in their attic (old papers, more old photos,etc.) They were amazed an envious of one of Stacy’s online finds: an early vintage glass prescription bottom c.1900, with the raised letters Grammer Drugstore, Fort Worth Texas on it.
The marker itself was a combination of 6.5 years of research and trying to contact people. Time spent at the library, the Tarrant County archives, online at various resources, sending out letters and phone calls and friends trying to help.
Now they have a wonderful c.1880’s barrel-back chair and a marble-topped Eastlake table, which sat on the back porch and was used for making candy making a hundred years ago, both of which came to the College Ave. home from Lula Grammer’s childhood home in Palestine and donated to the Lueckers by Lula’s granddaughter, Carolyn Batts Searcy. Stacy says that whenever the home sells again, the table and chair will stay with the house.
A lot of work and a lot of people were involved in getting the marker on the house. And the journey wouldn’t have been possible without everyone working together. The Grammer and Pierce families all came together to make it possible. Providing what information they could, photos, meetings and lots of phone calls and emails along with countless hours online, at the library and other resources doing research. Lula Grammer and Alice Pierce, though long since gone, have become “good friends” to Stacy and Eric, who have gotten to know them through this process, and they will always be very special. The Grammers and Pierces of today have become their extended family and they continue to stay in touch. What a great experience! What a great way to protect a historic property; a piece of Fort Worth history, and what a wonderful and rewarding journey it has been.