Wharton-Scott House – Pennsylvania

One of the premier residential landmarks of Fort Worth, Thistle Hill is the most impressive surviving mansion of the “cattle baron” era, sited conspicuously at the end of Summit Avenue. The main wing of the house is a two and one-half story gambreled mass with flanking semi-circular bays. Tall chimneys and an immense portico with Tuscan columns accentuate the vertical thrust of the composition. Red brick walls are sumptuously trimmed in cast stone; roofs are clad in lustrous green tile. Interior features include an entry hall with grand staircase and extensive woodwork. The fenced grounds, including a very fine carriage house, have survived. The house was designed by Sanguinet & Staats and built in 1903-04 for Electra Waggoner, of the cattle-rich W. T. Waggoner family. She lived there with her husband, Philadelphia socialite, A. B. Wharton. The house was purchased in 1910 by cattle baron, Winfield Scott, for $90,000; he spent another $100,000 furnishing it and landscaping the grounds. It is presently in the process of being restored. The property was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1977, and has been placed on the National Register. Thistle Hill was designated as the City of Fort Worth’s first Historic and Cultural Landmark in 1976. In the mid-1980s, efforts were begun to restore the house to its appearance in 1912 with the work supervised by KVG Architects of Fort Worth. In 1987, a designer showhouse was held at the home with the designers using some period appropriate treatments. Following the showhouse, the nonprofit group Texas Heritage, Inc. opened the house for tours and specials events. In 2005, the group announced its intention to give the house to any group or individual who promised to preserve it and to make it available to the public. On January 1, 2006, Thistle Hill was deeded to Historic Fort Worth, Inc., a citywide nonprofit organization that also owns the historic Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House. The organization held another designer showhouse here in October of that year. The house and grounds are open for tours and are available for receptions, weddings and other special events.

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