Front doors in walnut by Mansbendel
Living room ceiling carved and painted by Mansbendel
Living room ceiling detail carved and painted by Mansbendel
Library doors in walnut by Mansbendel
Library ceiling plaster by Mansbendel
Library baroque mantle in walnut by Mansbendel
Library tudor over window in walnut by Mansbendel
Shepard King Architect/Builder:
J. Allen BoyleYear:
Italian RenaissanceAreas of Significance:
The restored Shepard King home is currently owned by Rosewood Properties and is now know as the world famous hotel and restaurant "The Mansion on Turtle Creek." a Rosewood property.
Shepard King was the son of Confederate War veteran who migrated to Waxahachie in 1882. Mr. King made a fortune in Cotton then later in oil. He married Bertha Wilcox and moved to Dallas in 1891. The King Mansion was designed by young architect J. Allen Boyle. He patterned the home after a 16th century Italian Renaissance palace. It was long known for it's parties and other social activities and the house occupied some 10,000 square feet on 3 levels. It originally contained 8 rooms downstairs and five bedrooms, four bathrooms and four maid quarters upstairs.
The house is set on solid bedrock Texas limestone, with a 9' deep basement that was originally a silver vault, but today serves as a wine cellar. Painted rusty pink, the stucco-covered walls vary in thickness from 15 to 36 inches.
Photographs © 2005 "The Mansion on Turtle Creek" a Rosewood Property. Posted with permission from Rosewood Properties.