Sayles Landmark
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Sense of Place
Judge Henry Sayles, Jr. and his wife Hattie raised ten children in their Queen Anne-style, circa 1890 home, one of Abilene’s most famous mansions. On the National Register of Historic Places, the house reopened in 2015 as an en suite, bed and breakfast refurbished to celebrate the past. Cleverly and whimsically showcasing architectural details and regional themes, each of the six distinctive rooms has a bygone flair: on The Judge’s Chamber’s walls hang 13 vintage baseball gloves while the Bootmaker’s Room is sheathed with vintage green tin reclaimed from the ceiling of a local bookmaker’s shop. The back staircase banister comprises a 100-year old-section of cemetery fence, while thumb-worn law book pages wallpaper the upstairs hallway. And in the kitchen island, an antique glove and scarf taken from the town’s famous, now-defunct department store, Minter’s, nostalgically recalls Abilene’s glory days.
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