LCRA, City of Mason award $25,000 grant for repairs to historic Seaquist House
New roof, gutter system will help protect 19th-century mansion
Nov. 12, 2020
MASON, Texas – The Seaquist House Foundation will repair and replace the roof and gutter system on the historic Seaquist House, a unique 19th-century Hill Country landmark, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of Mason.
The grant, along with $63,650 in matching funds, will help improve the physical integrity of the house and move the foundation closer to being able to open the house to the public. The structure, built in 1887, is a three-story Victorian residence complete with a ballroom and chapel. In 1974, it received a Texas state historical marker and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“There are no other mansions similar to the Seaquist House in the Hill Country, or in Texas, and we are visited by thousands of people each year,” said Pat Dixon, the foundation’s vice president. “Our goal is to restore this beautiful Victorian mansion to her glory so that it can be enjoyed by the community for social functions such as weddings, parties, meetings and other celebrations.”
The foundation began restoring the house in 2015 and has since cleared debris, repaired windows and doors, updated its electrical system and added heating and air conditioning.
“Repairing the roof and gutter system is critical before finishing work on the interior of the house, because any potential water damage could result in additional costly repairs,” Dixon said.
Visitors come from all over Mason County and the state to pose for photos in front of the Seaquist House. With its restoration efforts, the foundation hopes to attract more tourism to the community, which also benefits small businesses throughout Mason.
“The Seaquist House Foundation is extremely grateful to receive the LCRA award because without it, the roof project would be delayed at least another year or two, delaying opening the house to the public for social events, tours and educational programs,” Dixon said.
The community grant is one of 27 grants awarded recently through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which helps volunteer fire departments, local governments, emergency responders and nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement projects in LCRA’s wholesale electric, water and transmission service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. The City of Mason is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and is a partner in the grant program.
Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted in January. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp.
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering outdoor adventures at more than 40 parks along the Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to fulfilling our mission to enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934 and receives no state appropriations. For more information, visit lcra.org.