At the turn of the 20th century an area of land southwest of Fort Worth, Texas had become a fashionable residential district known as "Quality Hill." With land purchased in 1903 by A.B. Wharton for $25,000, the original deed was for 6.5 acres, of which only 1.5 acres was for the estate. The construction of the mansion known as Thistle Hill began immediately after Electra Waggoner (daughter of cattle baron W.T. Waggoner) and A.B. Wharton of Philadelphia were married in 1902 in Decatur, Texas. They hired the architectural firm of Sanguinet and Staats, a firm that specialized in commercial architecture to design their home in the "old Colonial style." Construction was completed in one year at a cost of $38,000. Thistle Hill’s innovative features (including an indoor garden space and interroom communication system), open atmosphere, and European styling reflect the cultural trends of the time.
The home hosts events such as weddings, reunions, and corporate gatherings, as well as public tours.
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