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Friday House

Arlington Farm Home to Receive State Landmark Designation

by Cheryel Carpenter

June 16, 2000  - Historical marker dedication is Sunday, June 25

 

 

A 1900s farm home in east Arlington commonly known as the Friday House has earned a historical landmark designation. The dedication ceremony is 3 p.m. Sunday, June 25 at the house, which is located at 1906 Amber Circle in east Arlington.

 

The program includes opening remarks and greetings from Landmark Preservation Committee Chair Dorothy Rencurrel, Tarrant County Judge Tom Vandergriff, Precinct 2 Commissioner Marti VanRavenswaay, and Mayor Pro-Tem Wayne Ogle. Members of the Friday family will provide a historical information.

 

The State Marker Review Board of the Texas Historical Commission awards the Texas Historic Landmark to properties deemed worthy of preservation because of their architectural integrity and historical associations. Marion Friday and his family were the original owners in the early 1900s. Friday worked as a civil engineer in Dallas and Fort Worth and designed Arlington’s initial water and sewer systems.

 

The Friday House is a wood frame structure with brick veneer originally built on 110 acres. The two-story house has Prairie-style influences such as a broad porch and roof overhang, attic windows, double corner posts and wide corner brick columns. It has a concrete basement, which was a food storage room and storm shelter. In 1923, the house was one of only three two-story brick homes in Arlington.

 

The Friday House contributes significantly to local history and is an outstanding and unique representation of architecture, engineering and design, according to History Programs Director Cynthia Beeman of the Texas Historical Commission. It is a symbol of the growth and development of Arlington.

 

Two other families owned the house until 1996 when Liberation Community Inc., a nonprofit housing developer, purchased it for the Vision Arlington Project. Funds from the Federal Community Development Block Grant program were used to renovate the structure. The current owner is Xavier Carillo.

 

 

Architectural services for restoration of the 1915 "Friday House", a historic two level farm house. Four-square plan house with classical features; wrap-around wooden porch with columns on west and south sides; brick cochere on north side. The property was designated as a high preservation priority property by the Arlington Landmark Preservation Commission in 1987.

 

Our services included a complete assessment of the condition of the building, including the building exterior, visible structure and roof, as well as the complete interior. We prepared a written and photographic report of the condition of the building, along with our recommendations for necessary work to complete the restoration and rehabilitation of the building. Our report included a preliminary cost analysis of work required for reuse of the building. Services included consultation and coordination with the Texas Historical Commission, and assistance with RTHL marker preparation by the City.

 

Services for project developer included site plan and construction documents for the proposed separate two car garage driveway and street access, and restoration of the wood handrail on the top of the porte-cochere. Architectural services also include preparation and submission of a setback variance request to the City of Arlington.

 

http://www.weinmanarchitects.homestead.com/friday.html

 

Friday House project preserves house and memories

By Ray Khirallah
Star-Telegram Staff Writer

ARLINGTON -- During winter, when the trees have been stripped of their leaves, one can stand in front of Marion Friday's grave in Arlington's Parkdale Cemetery and see the 2-story brick house he built 78 years ago nearly two miles to the east.

Arlington tax accountant Xavier Carillo made sure Friday's house -- the first one built in the neighborhood south of the General Motors assembly plant -- stayed in east Arlington. He purchased it in 1997 and spent a year having it renovated.

"You never know how long it will take, but you could tell this house was built well," Carillo said. "It was very satisfying when I finished it."

Marion Friday died in 1958, and his wife, Willie Maybelle Friday, died in 1974. The house was named a historic landmark in June 1999.

"I just wish my parents could have been alive, because I know they never would have dreamed of this when my dad built the place," said Virginia Friday Hall, 76, the couple's daughter who lived in the house until she was 12 years old.

Carillo renovated two other Arlington homes built in the 1920s, the Old Mayor's House at 814 E. Abram St. and the Morgan House at 720 W. Abram St., before undertaking the Friday House project.

"When I first saw it in 1996, there were no houses around it, just a lot of vacant land," Carillo said. "The house intrigued me, but I never thought of purchasing it because I had just finished with the Mayor's House."

A $92,000 low-interest loan from the city of Arlington helped Carillo decide to buy the house. He used old photographs supplied by the Friday family and tried to retain as much of the original house as he could.

Carillo hired contractors to reconstruct the original staircase and windows. The wood railing on the porch deck was replaced with a metal railing consistent with the original construction. The original fireplace and French doors in the living room were kept, and a bathroom was added to the four-bedroom house. The project cost $120,000.

Hall still lives in Arlington, and seeing the renovated house brings back a flood of memories.

"There were very few neighbors and only one other home near Berry Elementary School," she said. "New York Avenue was just a big gravel road. Arkansas Lane was really out in the country."

Ray Khirallah, (817) 548-5530

rkhirallah@star-telegram.com

The historical marker at the Friday House reads: "This house was built August 1923 by Marion and Willie Maybelle Friday as a family farm house. This house has a strong Prairie Style Architecture with Greek Revival around the doors and windows. The house has white cast stone detailing window sills, porch rail caps, and corner brick porch columns. At the time it was built, the Friday House was the third two-story brick house in Arlington."

Send comments to rkhirallah@star-telegram.com

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/doc/1047/1:AHTNEWS1/1:AHTNEWS10502101.html

 

 

HISTORIC PROPERTIES
Friday House

Marker Number:

12206

Marker Title:

Friday House

Index Entry:

Friday House

Address:

1906 Amber's Circle

City:

Arlington

County:

Tarrant

UTM Zone:

14

UTM Easting:

 

UTM Northing:

 

Subject Codes:

BH

Year Marker Erected:

1999

Designations:

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

Marker Location:

 

Marker Size:

18" x 28"

Repairs Completed:

 

Marker Text:

In 1923, Marion and Willie Maybelle Friday purchased 112.5 acres including this site on which to build a home and pursue their love of farming. Mr. Friday was a civil engineer who built waterways and sewer systems in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington and other small Texas cities. The Fridays sold the house in 1937 to the Cox family, who sold it in 1946 to the Young family. The Youngs owned the property for fifty years. An excellent example of a brick foursquare plan, the structure is a hybrid of strong prairie school and classical influences. Prairie school characteristics include the hipped roof, wraparound porch, overhanding eaves and porte cochere with balustrade above. Classical features include the porch columns and broken pediment front entryway. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1999

http://www.ci.arlington.tx.us/landmark/historic_properties_fridayhouse.html

 

 

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