Step back in time when you cross the threshold of this historic beauty that graces the McCanless Templeton Historic District of Ennis, TX, home of the Bluebonnet Festival, 35 miles south of Dallas.
Boasting all the elegance, gentility and grandeur of neoclassical architecture with its commanding façade, towering columns, and inviting wrap-around porch, this Crown Jewel of the neighborhood is rich in history and modern day amenities.
Built in 1905 by Captain H.T. Moore and his wife, Malinda, the Moore House, regally presides over the 1.12-acre estate. This majestic 6956 square foot residence has been meticulously renovated while maintaining its historic beauty and integrity which includes five fireplaces, crown molding, beautiful millwork, exquisite hardware, original light fixtures, fabulous hardwood floors and nearly countless windows.
Upon entering the home, you are greeted by the original mahogany staircase that graces the west wall of the grand foyer. You can almost envision a gifted pianist playing Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on the grand piano, the centerpiece of the room. As you make your way into the hallway, notice the 100 year old velvet drapes framing the doorway. To the right is the formal dining room with two built-in glass front china cabinets separated by a built-in bench seat with additional hidden storage. There is a separate entrance off the dining room that leads to the wrap around front porch, where invited guests go to enjoy the evening air after an extravagant meal.
Just beyond the formal dining room is a spacious butler’s pantry situated between the formal dining room and the kitchen. The current owners added that during the kitchen renovation in 2000. It is equipped with a sink, ice maker, granite counter tops, a wall of custom built cabinets for storage and glass front custom cabinets above the counters. A wine rack and microwave oven complete the butler’s pantry. It has a door to the back patio and gardens making easy service access for al fresco dining and entertaining. Beyond the butler’s pantry is the oversized completely renovated chef’s kitchen equipped with Viking and GE Elite appliances (gas range, two ovens, warming drawer, two dishwashers, oversized side by side refrigerator), huge island, granite countertops, walk-in pantry, a breakfast nook with brick fireplace and large double wood doors with glass panes that open to the patio.
Next to the kitchen fireplace is an original door leading to the screened porch and basement. The current owners did extensive work to the home to bring it up to code with regard to the electrical, plumbing and sewer lines. They also reinforced the cement floors and walls of the basement with rebar. Additional renovation includes a half bath in the utility room located between the kitchen and the breakfast room.
Across the hall from the kitchen and dining room are the living rooms beginning with the formal living at the front of the home just off the grand foyer. Adjacent to the living room or Parlor is the Sitting room with a gas fireplace that keeps the room toasty warm in the winter. This room has one of the home’s six 10-ft. solid wood pocket doors that lead to the center hallway. There are two other living rooms on the first floor that are separated with a set of pocket doors. One of these, which the current owners use for their breakfast room/home office and the adjacent room, is used as a family or game room flanked with one of the five fireplaces in the house. There are three fireplaces downstairs and two fireplaces upstairs. In addition, there is a back staircase leading to the second floor sleeping rooms, as well as a side entrance that leads to the carriage entrance or porte-cochere. Most all the doors inside the home have the traditional transom windows. The owners added a powder bath underneath the staircase in the grand foyer customizing the door to resemble the original mahogany woodwork. This is another example of the owner’s objective of updating the home while preserving its historic beauty.
The second story features four guestrooms, one with a fireplace and a sleeping porch surrounded with large windows that flood the room with copious natural light. The master bedroom has ensuite His and Hers fully renovated bathrooms. The other two fully renovated full baths are in the hallway. Indicative of this period architecture, the front two bedrooms are separated with the 10 ft. solid wood pocket doors, as are the back two bedrooms. The current owners added a coffee bar in the hallway outside the guest bedrooms.
The residence’s third floor, which was once used as servant’s quarters, is now comprised of the owner’s hobby room with an open balcony. The door that leads out to the balcony has an etched glass panel of a warship thought to be that of Captain Moore, the original owner and builder of this magnificent piece of history.