History of The Wallace Guest House

Jul15

History of The Wallace Guest House

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Originally built in 1907, by Victor Bredt, the house was first opened as the Bredt Hotel offering lodging and meals “to country customers for 25 cents”.

Bredt sold the hotel to Luther Mitchell and Gertrude Anna Ryan Wallace, who had traveled from a plantation in Virginia and settled in Marble Falls. Their business as inn keepers thrived in the small but bustling town.

After the death of Gertrude, the hotel operation ended and with other siblings moving to California, the building became the home and private residence of their youngest child Margaret Wallace.

In 1976 Judge Ed Yturri and his wife Dottie bought the house and its entire contents of antiques. His plans were to transform the old house into and artist’s co-op or perhaps the first library thrift store. Instead it became the Wallace house.

In the early 80’s the Brown family purchased the home and turned the 13 room, 2 bath structure into a five unit apt. building. Later, the Davidsons bought the property and continued to make improvements and continued to rent the apartments. The wood floors have all been restored to their original beauty.

In 1998 Phil and Rebecca Gatton bought the Wallace house and ran it as apartments until 2002 when they began working on plans to update the kitchenettes and baths and bring the old house back to its original grandeur and as lodging for all those who visit Marble Falls; the gateway to the hill country.

The Wallace house, was named The Wallace Guest House and opened its door in July 2003 after extensive renovation, work on the grounds continues to evolve with plans for gardens and outdoor weddings. The term “guest house” refers to a bed and breakfast where the inn keeper does not live on the property, but we have Someone available on-site for your convenience.

Almost a century of history has been restored and updated to accommodate the most extraordinary tastes. Whether your trip is for business or pleasure, come be our guest for a truly incomparable stay.

Originally, the house was twelve rooms and two baths with three fireplaces. From what information that is available, it is speculated that the original kitchen is now part of the Inks Suite. Ms. Wallace resided in the upstairs rear of the house. The chinked walls of the Travis and Marble Falls Suites are said to be part of a log cabin from which the home was built around. The log lea pine floors (excluding the Inks Suite) are all original.

In keeping with offering our guests an exceptional stay, the Texas Hill Country, guest lodgings are furnished with period and vintage furniture, decorator fabrics and fully equipped updated kitchens and baths.

Although the original floor plan of Wallace has been lost forever the spirit of Wallace house has been reborn.

Rooms are named for our highland lakes (the chain of lakes formed by the Colorado River); Buchanan, Inks, LBJ, Marble Falls and Travis. All rooms have period and vintage furnishing and decorator fabrics.

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