People taking part in this weekend’s Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes will have the opportunity to see what it takes to restore a piece of history.

The home located at 626 Kaufman St. was built in 1903 and is undergoing a restoration from the ground up. Taking on the project is local company Colonial Restoration.

“The 626 Kaufman house is an in progress home meaning that is in the middle of a remodel. It started out originally about 2,300 square feet. We have probably added 1,000 square feet to it,” Colonial Restoration Owner Brad Yates said. “We have gutted it and started over and put it back to its original time period of a 1903 built house. As far as when I say original time period, (putting in) cabinets that would complement it and the trim that would complement it that era.”

Yates stated even though the home is being rebuilt there are a number of different features that remain original to when the house was first constructed. Some of these features include the front door and some of the flooring on the second floor of the residence.

“On Saturday and Sunday, both some of the original family members plan on being at the home that lived in the house for I think for almost 60 years. The family has since then moved off,” Yates stated. “It will be interesting to have them there to share some of the back-stories that nobody knows.”

Yates added that he would be at the home during the tours to answer questions that visitors might have about the remodel and the work that is being done.

In addition to the home on Kaufman Yates’ own home located at 108 Farley St. will be a part of the tour as well. Yates describes the house’s architecture similar to the Craftsman style, which is very simple in design.

“The other home on Farley is a 1920’s. I think it is 1923. We have added a master suite on the back of it last year with the pool and the garage. It is a fairly simple home,” Yates explained. “When we think of our town with the Victorian and the Queen Ann’s and things like that. That was very, very ornate and lots of detail. Apparently, people had lots of time in that era. When you get more to the Craftsman, it still had detail, but it was much simpler. Clean lines. Not a lot of curves and arches and things like that.”

Yates continued stating that he has owned the house for the last 10 years and remodeled it when he moved in a year a half ago. The work took about six to seven months to complete.

Yates said he thinks one of the reasons why his home is one the tour this year is to showcase the smaller homes and encourage people to make an investment in them.

He added that he wanted to encourage people to come out to see the homes this weekend.

The 49th annual Gingerbread tour of homes celebrates the unique architecture and the history of Waxahachie. The tour will take place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Other homes on the tour include 219 Virginia, 210 S. Hawkins and 409 Sycamore. Tickets are $25 for adults and children ages five to 12-years-old are $7 and can be purchased at the Ellis County Museum is located at 201 S. College St. in downtown Waxahachie. Tickets can also be purchased at the tour homes as well.


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