Florence Farmstead

Mesquite

Architexas was commissioned by the Mesquite Historical Commission and the City of Mesquite to provide full architectural and master planning services for the restoration of an 1871 farmstead in Mesquite. The farmhouse was expanded in 1891, 1925 and 1940. The house became a farmstead museum and was restored to the 1891 design, which depicts the farm lifestyle in the late nineteenth century. The four-acre Florence Farmstead (originally 1,000 acres) includes the original house and ancillary buildings. The land surrounding the buildings was developed as a historic park, which includes a new pavilion/barn structure for use by large gatherings and an interpretive agricultural and archeological park.

Initially, Architexas completed a Historic Structure Report for the restoration and development of the farmstead which identified independent phases and associated costs that allowed for a fund-raising campaign and grant requirements. Architexas also prepared colored renderings and promotional drawings to assist the commission in soliciting funds and grants. The project was funded by Mesquite Hotel Motel Tax Revenues and a grant from the Meadows Foundation. As a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark the project was reviewed by the Texas Historic Commission for architecture compliance.

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