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321 W. Doyle

Granbury, Texas 76048

817-573-9010

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The Doyle-Acher House was built in 1911 in the Arts and Crafts/ Craftsman Style at a cost estimated to be $2,300.  It is a unique example of the style because of the bay window on the west side, the north elevation porch with hipped roof, the exposed rafter roof ends, and an exterior chimney.

Additions to the house were: an addition to the east side; stone columns to the front porch in about 2000; and a two story addition off S. Thrash Street in 2002.  As stated in the 2001 Survey for Granbury, none of these changes have taken away from the high priority status as an important historic property.  The floor plans were first published in 1909 in the Ladies Home Journal and were touted as "Home Plans of the Future."

The land was first acquired and taxes paid in 1904.  Sometime in 1911 or 1912, a significant increase in taxes (from $100 to $700) clearly indicated that the house was built.  In 1912 William Earle (known as Earle) Doyle and/or his wife, Nell, paid taxes until 1917.  William Earle was the son of James Hogan Doyle who was one of the early prominent figures in Granbury and and one of the founders of the First National Bank.

Another prominent figure in early Granbury, J. (Joel) Archer purchased the house in 1918.  The Archer family was involved in education and business and some members of the family were merchants on the Square.  They occupied the home until 1972.

The home is now known as Granbury Gardens Bed & Breakfast which first opened as a B&B on July 4, 2006.  The second owners Kay and Stan Wasielewski, purchased the property on June 9, 2009 and sold it on December 3, 2014. The third owners, Carol and David Gerke, purchased the property on December 3, 2014 and sold it January 20, 2017.  The fourth owners, Betsy and Glenn Kruger, purchased the property on January 20, 2017, and are the current owners.

The residence possesses significance in history, architecture, archeology, and culture.  William Earle Doyle was in business early in Granbury's history, built a home and invested in Granbury financially, socially and esthetically.  In the 1978 Hood County History, the Doyle and Archer families are listed as builders of Granbury and were associated with the lives of persons who significantly added to Granbury's history.  On April 2, 2013, The Granbury City Council approved the designation "Historic Landmark #30."

 


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321 W. Doyle, Granbury, TX 76048

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