Goodrich-Kimbell-Carter House – Westover

Set on a prominent bluff-top site, this large, two-story residence in the Spanish Colonial Revival- Monterey style was the design of San Antonio architect Atlee Ayres of Ayres & Ayres. Faced in stucco under a low-pitched gable roof clad in red clay Spanish tile, the house has an irregular H-plan around a rear terrace. A prominent design element of the front elevation is the cantilevered, Monterey style balcony with ornamental ironwork over the central entry; ironwork also ornaments the double-hung windows. The house appears to have acquired a new landscaping, and may have been re-stuccoed. At the rear of the sloping lot, a semicircular terrace overlooks northeast Fort Worth. The residence was built for Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Goodrich. Mr. Goodrich arrived in Fort Worth in 1928, and was an oil geologist and independent oilman and president of Rio Oil Corporation. From 1946 to 1951, the structure was home to Kay and Velma Kimbell before they moved to an adjacent residence (WH-25); in 1951, the house was acquired by Nenetta Burton Carter. The house remains in the Carter family. For the associations with significant Fort Worth families and as a design by an important Texas architect, the house appears eligible for the National Register, pending documentation of its integrity.

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