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The Heritage House of Irving

Irving Heritage House
Irving Heritage House
Priscilla Escobedo

Irving, Texas was founded in 1903 Julius Otto Schulze and Otis Brown. According to folklore, the city was named in honor of Washington Irving, the favorite author of Otis Brown’s wife. While the city has now grown to a population of over a quarter of a million people, the history of its founding can still be seen intertwining with modern buildings and businesses.

The Schulze Home, now known as the Heritage House, was constructed by Charles P. Schulze (1877-1957) in 1912. It is a white-washed, one story home surrounded by tall trees and nestled in a quiet neighborhood just a few blocks away from downtown Irving. What makes the Schulze Home so interesting is that it bears much resemblance to the neighboring bungalows built nearly a century later. Located on 303 South O'Connor Road, the home is kept in beautiful shape, and one could easily mistake it for a modern home were it not for the signs heralding its significance. For the first half of the 20th century, the home acted as a center for city events as well as a private home for the Schulze family. It was finally donated to the city of Irving in 1975 as part of the U.S. Bicentennial celebration, according to the Irving-Texas centennial sign that stands on the property.

Tours and upkeep of the house are conducted by the Irving Heritage Society, and the home has been refurbished in the 1900’s style.

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