Wharton-Scott House

1509 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Worth, Texas


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In 1902 Albert B. Wharton maried Electra, the daughter of cattle baron W. T. Waggoner, one of Texas' wealthiest citizens. Fort Worth architects Staats and Sanguinet were commissioned to design and build a mansion at the south end of Summit Avenue for the honeymooning couple. The house, called "Thistle Hill" (Rubusmont), was located on Quality Hill, an exclusive neighborhood about nine blocks from downtown. Built in 1906, it is constructed of red brick in flemish bond with Indiana sandstone used for columns, cornice, window sills and chimney caps, in the Georgian Revival style with Palladian characteristics. The 1.5 acre site included a rose arbor colonnade, gazebo, a brick water tower, stable and carriage house, and an extensive garden. The estate was purchased in 1911 by Winfield Scott, also a cattle baron, and subsequently renovated. After the death of his parents, Winfield Scott Jr. sold the house in 1940 to the Girls Service League, which used it as a boarding house for homeless girls until 1968. The house remained vacant until 1975. To prevent its demolition, a groups called "Save the Scott Home" organized and raised sufficient funds to purchase the property. Additional funds are being sought to restore the home to its 1906 condition. -- Historic American Buildings Survey

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 14, 1975
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival; Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Beaux Arts; Other architectural type; Georgian Revival
Areas of significance
Landscape Architecture; Architecture
Levels of significance
State; Local
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 4

Update Log 

  • August 27, 2017: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger