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Constructed in 1889 on a bluff overlooking Trinity River to the west, this mansion was part of a neighborhood called Quality Hill that once had many Victorian homes. It was built by Frank M. Ball and his mother, Sarah, who was the widow of wealthy banker George Ball. The house features several notable elements including turrets, a number of chimneys, decorative ironwork, Corinthian columns, and a circular porch. The first floor is maintained as a house museum and the lower floor features a resource library. Inside, visitors will see elaborate woodwork, coffered ceilings, oak mantles, and parquet floors (wood floors that have geometric designs). The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.


  • The Ball-Eddleman–McFarland House was built in 1899. It is one of the finest homes in Fort Worth.

The Ball-Eddleman–McFarland House is among the finest Late Victorian homes in Texas. While the Ball family earned their wealth through banking, most of the other homes in the neighborhood were built by wealthy cattle ranchers (not many of these still exist today). The next owner was William Eddleman, who bought the house in 1904 after Sara died. The house is now the headquarters of Historic Fort Worth, which was established in 1969.

"About." Historic Forth Worth. Accessed May 3, 2019.  https://historicfortworth.org/about.

"Ball-Eddleman–McFarland House." Architecture in Fort Worth. Accessed May 3, 2019.  http://www.fortwortharchitecture.com/ed-mc.htm.

Roark, Carol. "Eddleman–McFarland House." October 18, 1979. National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form.  https://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/NR/pdfs/79003009/79003009.pdf.

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