8/1/2003 Wicklow Inn historical marker
By JOAN SHERROUSE/Daily
The Heritage Preservation Commission
unanimously granted the Wicklow Inn at 220 N. 14th St. a historic
resource designation at Thursday's meeting, and approved a design for
the marker that will be displayed on resource sites.
Owned by Bob and Donna O'Toole, the Wicklow Inn
property includes what is believed to be the only surviving carriage
house in Corsicana.
"We're going to continue to restore it into
useful space," Bob O'Toole said.
Commission chairman Brad Cook the small
structure, which once housed horses and carriages following its
construction around the turn of the century, will be protected by the
designation as will the newly-repainted mansion.
At more than a century old, the house has three
full floors and a basement with about 6,500 square feet of living area.
It has six fireplaces, music and dining rooms and a library along with
numerous bedrooms and baths.
The historic Inn, along with about 20 other
sites in town officially designated as historic resources, will display
a metal plaque, and the design has been the subject of intense
discussion for months.
Commissioner Bill Young, a well-known local
archaeologist, pointed out early in the process that by law, plaques
must be easily distinguishable from official Texas historical markers.
"We have decided on an oval pattern with an oil
derrick ... with a cotton design on the sides and the lone star on top
of the derrick," Cook said.
The word "Corsicana" will be spelled out around
the top oval with "Historic landmark" at the bottom.
"I think what we went for was something that
would be timeless but unique to Corsicana," said Mark Lynn Cook who
chaired a design sub committee.
Cook asked landmark owners, including
commissioners Tom Page, Jerry Jackson and Joe Brooks, along with
O'Toole, for their input as well.
"This is something we're looking at putting on
your structures," he said. "We want something these landmark owners will
be proud of."
O'Toole said Wicklow Inn will sport both
Corsicana and state markers, and he pointed out the importance of
deciding on a size that is compatible with the Texas marker.
"I would assume that most of the houses that
are going to have these will have the Texas marker, too," O'Toole said.
"(The Corsicana marker) should not be significantly smaller, because
then it's really going to be lost."
An artist's sketch of the proposed design
showed an oval about 8 inches across and 11 inches high, but several
commissioners favored a slightly larger plaque.
Ultimately, commissioners decided to approve
the design with a size to be determined after further study.
In other business, commissioners:
n Discussed ways to salvage
historically-significant bits and pieces of houses that are scheduled to
be demolished or substantially altered. It was suggested that a group of
volunteers willing to do the salvage work with commission support would
be beneficial to the effort to recycle historic resources.
n Requested suggestions for candidates to
replace retired member Bobbie J. Perry.