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Villa Finale, King William District National Trust for Historic Preservation
I thought that my first blog post from last year was worth re-writing with more and better (much larger) pictures.

Walter Mathis fell in love with this neighborhood and it's amazing houses as I was born.

I can imagine that people told him he was insane to move to this area that had barely escaped the bulldozers of the freeway construction.  One of our other clients' house did not escape that fate. She decamped to Terrell Hills and many decades later had her old porch refashioned into flooring for a dining room! (that was the first time I had seen an aromatic cedar porch!)

It took vision, cheap prices, and more than a small amount of stubbornness to make his neighborhood civilized again. He personally bought, sold and financed 14 of the houses in the King William Historic District. 

He was always very gracious when showing his house, allowing churches to use it for tours for fundraising. He understood that we pass through places like this and that they'll be there long after we're gone.

Now, it's available for tours www.villafinale.org so consider making a day of the neighborhood. The Steves House is also open for tours. Think about lunch at the Guenther House museum and Pioneer Flour Mill restaurant. Or go all the way and plan to stay at one of the neighborhood historic Bed and Breakfasts, like the houses of the Noble Inns.  (but that's another blog day)


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