A stone’s throw from Dallas in Seymour, Texas, there is an over a century-old main street building that has been lovingly restored and ready for someone to come in and breathe new life into the beautiful stone-clad building.
A.L. Buck Buchanan II is the owner of Corner of Time Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Historic Downtown Bryan, Texas which offers a space for people from in and out of state to represent their merchandise. Corner of Time even has a fully functional late 1800s soda fountain, the Coffee Shake is a must-try.
Buck Buchanan has been an auctioneer since 1984 and is bringing his expertise to Seymour. Buck spoke with RoundTop.com about the upcoming huge three-day auction of the Nancy Markham Estate in Seymour.
An Old Dance Hall Gets New Life
The building was built in 1896 and Nancy Markham purchased it in 1992. Nancy went to work restoring what was already at the time almost a century-old building by restoring the upstairs which used to be a dance hall. Buck has even heard that at one time the upstairs supposedly housed a bowling alley.
He’s not too sure about that.
The second floor has been completely re-floored and has insulated modifications for up to four bedrooms. Nancy restored the building so that she could live upstairs and run her business downstairs. The building’s entrance conveniently faces the main street and fiber optics have been installed.
“It would be fantastic for a new business, a restaurant, a lodge, somebody wanting to set up a business and live upstairs. It’s completely rewired, replumbed, and has an overhead door on the back that you can drive into the building and park a car inside if you wanted to,” Buck says.
Lots of Treasures to Find
The building itself is not the only item up for auction, there’s also a wide variety of antiques up for auction.
Buck mentions items such as crystal, cabinets, musical instruments, jewelry, the list goes on. Some fascinating pieces that will be up for auction include a ten-foot jury table that was used in the original Baylor County Courthouse for jury deliberation, an empire sofa with original upholstery, and lawyer stacking bookcases that are in excellent condition.
Seymour is the perfect example of a small town with accessibility to a big city. Not far outside of Dallas, Seymour is home to locals who commute to Dallas. Seymour is also known for its rodeo come July.
The building itself is a fabulous building for just about anything.
Buck says, “the building with the courtyard is a phenomenal layout. If someone’s looking to relocate out of the big city and operate a business, or just have something like that for a home . . . It’s ready to move in and take over. Make a steakhouse, retail business, a bed and breakfast. It has so much potential it’s unreal.”
The Estate Auction of Nancy Markham in Seymour will begin on Friday, April 23, and go through Sunday, April 25. Doors open on Friday and Saturday at 8 am and the auction begins at 10 am. On Sunday, doors open at 11 am and the auction begins at 1 pm. The auction will be held at 420 N. Main Street, Seymour, Texas.