Explore the legacy of the R.B. Rogers House
This historic home captures the prosperity and grace of one of Brownwood’s most influential eras. From the dramatic columns to the intricate detail of the original artisan floors, the house is a symbol of elegant southern hospitality and grace. The front of the home is adorned with two-story cypress columns and an expansive recessed entrance with beveled glass sidelights. Original stained glass and lead windows punctuate the buff-colored brick exterior. From the fanlight transom atop the entryway to the perfectly replicated balusters, every original architectural detail of the structure has been retained and preserved as closely as possible.
The interior welcomes visitors with an elegant central hall on the first floor, flanked by four large rooms that can be opened via the original 9 foot tall sliding pocket doors to create a generous open space. Historic light fixtures lend style and light to the entire area. A symmetrical staircase leads to the second floor, where four bedrooms can be accessed through a beautiful central sitting room. Period-style wallpaper has been installed in all rooms, following the traditional method of lining wood shiplap with cloth and then paper. The original fireplaces are still intact, although they have been converted to electric. Although the home retains its original historic beauty, the facilities have been completely updated with all new wiring, plumbing, heating, air conditioning on all floors and the addition of a half bath on the ground floor.
Historic Restoration of the R.B Rogers House
“Too often the old is torn down to make way for new. I believe the character of old can be adapted into new, modern uses. Old schools, old homes, old buildings, all have something to continue to give to the community. They represent the history and the evolution of a town.” – Mette Anne Lundsgaard, former proprietor
Preserving the character and era of this house required a light touch by a firm hand. Although basic renovations could have been completed in six months, two years were invested to ensure that every detail of the house was brought back to its original historic beauty.
The end result is apparent throughout the home. The balusters and railings are direct copies of original pieces, which were found in the attic. The leaded glass windows facing Center Avenue are reconstructed of original glass pieces found throughout the home. Three fireplaces retain their original tile and carved wood mantels. When possible, even the original walls were retained and freshened with period-style wallpaper.
Some complete updates were required to bring modern comforts to the historic home. Such as electrical, plumbing, heating, as well as the roof of the structure. Air conditioning and a ramp were also included in the updates.
Please enjoy the following before and after picture galleries, click on the dots to scroll through.