Historic Samuels Avenue Home Gets a Redo and a New Purpose

Garvey House

by Jenelle Langford

A new era has begun for a historic home on Samuels Avenue that was previously vacant for two decades.

Texas Historical Commision and Historic Fort Worth honored Embrey Partners on Thursday for the complete renovation of the historic Garvey-Viehl-Kelley House.

“This development has been one of Embrey Partners’ most rewarding projects because of the careful restoration and repurposing of the historic Garvey House,” executive vice president of development for Embrey Partners, John Kirk, said in a statement.

The 130-year-old Garvey house originally belonged to William B. Garvey, a grocery store owner and real estate dealer at the time, and his wife, Lucy, the granddaughter of Baldwin L. Samuel (hence the street name).

Embrey Partners hired architect Fender-Andrade to manage the renovation and design work of the Queen Anne-style home, a project that took 18 months to complete. Additions to the house include a guest suite on the second floor and 1,500 square feet of office space. Other renovations include repairs to existing millwork and stained glass windows, installation of a new synthetic slate roof and new air conditioning and insulation.

The house will serve as the leasing office for Embrey Partners’ high-end, 353-unit apartment complex, the Kelley at Samuels Avenue.

“This exceptional partnership and the transformation of the Garvey House has raised the bar for preservation in Fort Worth, as Embrey proved that preservation and new development can be mutually beneficial,” Historic Fort Worth’s executive director Jerre Tracy said in a statement.