HGTV’s favorite couple Chip and Joanna Gaines just purchased a historic estate in their hometown of Waco, Texas.
The home is known as the Bradshaw Estate and is of Greek Revival design, a type of architecture that is so popular in the United States that it was once known as the “national style.” It was particularly popular in the Southern part of the country up until the Civil War. Greek Revival homes are painted white in order to resemble the white marble of the impressive — and costly — public buildings in ancient Greece and are typified by bold details and simple moldings. Heavy cornices, gables with pediments, and unadorned friezes are also very typical of Greek Revival homes, and the gable-fronted homes are found throughout America.
The 1903 beauty that Chip and Joanna Gaines picked up for an estimated $500,000 is full of the grace and charm that Greek Revival homes are known for, and it is easy to see why the HGTV couple fell in love with the large estate.
It is, as many HGTV fans would expect, simply full of incredible potential and in line to be one amazing success story for the couple’s show Fixer Upper.
The main house has a total of four bedrooms as well as a smaller bedroom that used to be servants’ quarters. The home, which is located on two acres, includes extras such as a so-called “chapel-gazebo” and a cozy library.
Looking at the pictures, it’s easy to see just why Chip and Joanna Gaines fell in love with the home, but anyone familiar with the couple’s design aesthetics will quickly see that the home’s ornate furnishings, as well as the earthy color scheme it sports, simply do not mesh with the cool, modern but country chic look for which Joanna’s designs are known. Although the Greek revival home is in beautiful condition and not many would view it as a fixer-upper, most would be quick to speculate that Joanna Gaines has plans for it.
In other words, the house needs a couple of coats of white and gray paint and yards of shiplap, because it simply is not a Chip and Joanna Gaines’ home without coolly painted interiors, rooms highlighted by the beloved shiplap, and plenty of rustic charm.
For those who are unfamiliar with shiplap, it has become a running joke on the HGTV show Fixer Upper. The couple has made no secret that they love to work with shiplap, which is a rough-sawn pine paneling often used in barns and historic homes.
The home was owned by Garry and Jane Dossey, who have invested 20 years of “toil and joy” into the turn-of-the-20th century home in Waco, Texas. The couple put it on the market a year ago, and it has been, the couple says, very hard to watch their beautiful home go unsold for more than a year — even after they reduced the price from $525,000 to $498,000. So they were, of course, more than thrilled when celebrity renovators Chip and Joanna Gaines purchased their estate.
“My greatest fear was that the house would fall to someone who didn’t appreciate it or have the financial resources to continue to care for it,” said Garry Dossey, a Waco dentist. “A 110-year-old house needs some care. I think the Magnolia people will have the resources to do it.”
Take a tour of the home via video below.
Magnolia is the company Chip and Joanna Gaines own. It has become a “business juggernaut” and draws literally thousands of visitors every week to its downtown Waco, Texas, retail location. It has also successfully branched out into what is described as “high-end lodging” with the Magnolia House in McGregor, Texas.
According to the Waco Tribune, Magnolia officials state that the company has not yet decided what to do with the beautiful Greek Revival home they recently acquired. But we can all hope that it makes an appearance as the focus of an upcoming Fixer Upper episode on HGTV.
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