Waggoner-Herbert House – Rivercrest

The first owners of this River Crest property were W. Thomas and Ella Waggoner, a prominent Fort Worth family with livestock, land and oil interests. The directory indicates that the Waggoners resided in River Crest Addition by 1926, presumably in this extremely large, two-story house. Mr. and Mrs. John W. Herbert lll purchased the house in 1936; Herbert was vice-president of Herbert Oil Co. and owner of John W. Herbert Investment Co. Houston architect John F. Staub was commissioned by the Herberts to undertake alterations to the house. The classically symmetrical H-plan house is composed of a central hipped block with forward projecting end wings containing arcaded loggia and sunroom on the first floor. Giant cast stone Corinthian columns support a monumental gabled portico. The brick surface has been painted and the arcaded loggia on the south enclosed, but the house appears relatively intact. Following documentation of the house’s architectural design, the dwelling may be eligible for the National Register.

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