The W.H. Stark House
Tour a Victorian Landmark in Orange, Texas
Orange, Texas offers a unique opportunity to tour a three-story Victorian home that was built in the Queen Anne Style in 1894 by William Henry Stark and his wife Miriam M. Lutcher Stark, prominent philanthropists who occupied the home in until 1936. The house features a distinctive turret, stained glass windows, and ornate woodwork in cypress and long leaf yellow pine and stands much as it did at the turn of the 20th century, with fifteen rooms of original furnishings and decorative arts. Featured is the impressive collection of American Brilliant Period cut glass, pressed and pattern glass, milk glass and porcelains. The interior of both The W.H. Stark House and its adjacent Carriage House provides an extraordinary statement of Texas’ social history.
|Front stairway of The W.H. Stark House.|
Located at 610 West Main Avenue in Orange, Texas, The W.H. Stark House is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 409.883.0871 or visit www.whstarkhouse.org.
Texas and National Historic Landmark
The W.H. Stark House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark by the Texas Historical Commission.
American Brilliant Cut Glass
Featured is a beautiful oversized bowl and tray designed by T.G. Hawkes & Co. in Corning, New York, circa 1909-1918. These American Brilliant Period cut glass pieces are cut in the striking Panel pattern. Both the bowl and tray are signed “Hawkes.” Very few rose bowls with matching trays of this size are known to exist.
Third-Floor, Tower Room
The unique turret seen from the exterior of The W.H. Stark House holds an interesting Tower Room that allows visitors to view several Napoleonic artifacts, including an extremely rare copy of the Napoleon Death Mask on display.
|Dining Room adorned with seasonal décor at The W.H. Stark House.|
The W.H. Stark House Dining Room was used for both formal and informal gatherings. An ornate room – from the original silk damask lambrequins retained at the windows to the damask table linens – follows a floral theme with swags and garlands of flowers. The dining table is set throughout the year with china, silver and crystal with seasonal settings for holidays and special occasions.
The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation
The W.H. Stark House is a program of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, a private operating foundation, whose other programs include the Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center and Stark Museum of Art. The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation is a private operating foundation established in 1961 to encourage and assist education and to improve and enrich the quality of life in Southeast Texas.