December 2020




added to the main house. The sunroom was originally a screened porch. “When it was enclosed, we’ve been told that Mrs. Weigel had a pipe installed to filter her husband’s tobacco smoke out through the ceiling.” The Summer House, which was an outdoor cooking and relaxing area for families during warm summer months before central heat and air was common, is still in use. “We had the roof removed due to damage but kept the original fireplace. We use the patio area for entertaining and it is also a basketball court for our son,” said Summer. “In 2019, we did a complete exterior update and had a mortar wash applied over all exterior brick, fresh paint, new lighting, and new garage and front doors.” Crown molding can be found throughout the home, along with ten-foot ceilings that are illuminated with natural light from original double-hung counter-weighted sash

windows. “We love our old windows and have kept them all, except for a new set in our family room upstairs.” Cory said, “although we have maintained much of the original home, some fixtures have moved on. The original chandelier was so loved by a previous owner of the home that, when they moved north across the street, they took the light with them. The fixture now at our home was then moved south across the street to fill the vacancy—a chandelier swap, if you will. We’re happy with the end result; we have an antique light in our dining room with its own unique story.” The Floyd family is only the third to occupy this special home, so it has been well loved and well cared for since the 1930s. There are a multitude of things to love about it, but when asked what their favorite parts are, they shared, “Texarkana has a rich history



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