Harding-Reynolds House – Sunset

149 1605 Sunset Terrace [NR*], Harding-Reynolds House, 1908; 1940. Cattleman William D. Reynolds had this house built in 1908 as a wedding gift for his daughter Merle and her husband R. Ellison Harding. During the time he lived in the house, Harding was an assistant cashier and later vice-president of Fort Worth National Bank. He is probably best remembered, however, as the bank’s president, a position he held for many years. When the Hardings moved to a house on Summit Ave. in 1918, Mrs. Harding’s brother, Watt W Reynolds, moved into the house. Reynolds was a longtime president of the Reynolds Cattle Co., a family concern that is one of the oldest and most respected ranching and cattle operations in the southwest. Watt Reynolds lived here until 1980, and the house is still owned and occupied by Reynolds descendants. The Prairie style house is distinguished by its well-proportioned lines and subtle decorative effects such as the porch frieze and brick patterning. Joseph Pelich, a local architect, designed plans for an interior renovation completed in 1940. The house is potentially eligible for the National Register for both its architectural qualities and its historical relationship to the Reynolds family and their ranching and cattle operations.

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