The Haden House, a circa 1894 Historic George Barber designed late Victorian era home

(webpage updated 06 November 2003)

On the market again....

Appraised for a re-fi in March 2003 at $150K

Tax roll appraisal at $107K

Make a reasonable offer - CA$H talks

Just signed the listing agreement with HRC Realty in Commerce. Buyer must pay cash or get new financing. No owner financing. Been there, done that, never again.

These photos are several years old. The house is currently painted white. I do not have any new graphics.

front back pool

To see a sketch of the first floor layout and approximate dimensions for rooms

To see a sketch of the second floor layout and approximate dimensions for rooms

It was built in 1894 of Bois d'Arc (horseapple) & Cypress wood by Craftsmen Martin & Krauss from a mail order design by architect George Barber. It was built in 1894 by Martin & Krause (stairwell woodwork, fretwork) in Ladonia, Texas for J B & Elizabeth Holderness Haden. The house was designed by mail-order architect George F. Barber, of Knoxville Tennessee. George Barber customized each set of plans for the buyers. The Haden House was plan #1 in Barber's book, The Cottage Souvenir, no. 2.

Joseph B. Haden was born to William F. Haden & Mary Jane Perkins in Springfield, Missouri on 28 July 1859. His parents were both from Kentucky & they married in Missouri in 1843. In 1869, after two years in Grayson County and three years in what is now Delta County, William Haden and his family moved to Fannin County where they finally settled to remain. William F. Haden died 8 September 1880 in Ladonia. Joseph married Miss Elizabeth F. Holderness on July 4, 1882. The Hadens owned a local mercantile.

The Haden family owned the home until the 1960's when Maurice, the last of J.B. & Elizabeth's four children passed away. Then, the Cook family purchased it. The Cooks lived here on weekends for several years and were the owners at the time it was placed on the Texas Historical Commission in 1966. Then, Van & Doris Daugherty bought the home & raised thier children in the Haden House. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Alas, if you read the information on the house at the National Register website noting the original fixtures & decor, it is sad to say, the original furnishings were sold in an estate sale in October of 1994 when the home was sold to the Davis family. Both markers (photo of markers) are mounted near the front door. Due to an out of state job, the Davis family rented the property for a while in 2000. In Dec 2000, the Ryan family moved in. The Ryans now need to move closer to family on the east coast. Since they moved in, they have installed CH/A upstairs, repaired the porch, and painted the house white. My apologies for the lack of recent photos.

This is how the house looked in 1896 as an architectural toddler. The photo was given to the current owners by one of the Haden grandchildren.

The Haden House is an exquisite two story, frame Queen Anne with composition roof (1990-1992 according to owners previous to us), stained glass, original/period light fixtures (MBR light, foyer chandelier, cupola light, dining room chandelier, kitchen light, middle BR upstairs lite), original floor coverings, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, large rooms, high ceilings, & 3 gas fireplaces (MBR/upstairs front BR) with gorgeous mantels. There is reason to believe there is a 4th FP in the kitchen behind the paneling because of the third chimney location. The kitchen was remodeled around the late 1930's to early 1940's - the paneling was most likely installed at that time.

The front exterior doors feature transom windows above the doors. There is a wrap-around porch on the front of the house with a balcony upstairs (also in the front). The back porch is screened & houses the original well. There are pocket doors between the dining room & parlor. Plumbing & electricals were updated before 1994. There is a paved circular drive with easy access to master bedroom and a gravel/dirt drive leading to the circa 1910 detached garage.

This lovely home has 0.95 acre treed lot (view #1, view #2 view #3, view #4, & view #5 - removing downed trees) in a small town setting about an hour northeast of the Dallas area.

Down & dirty description (aka the basics of living in this old house)

More features

More info on area

Click here to see macro view of map including the 75449 area (Ladonia) & here to see micro view of Ladonia

Please call (903) 886-7636 and ask for Alisa Greene if you are interested in this property.