Contractors are stripping the building down to its original size as they prepare to move Round Rock’s Stagecoach Inn a few blocks down the road.
This week crews poured a concrete foundation at the new site on Chisholm Trail Road just north of Brushy Creek. In the coming weeks, a company that specializes in moving buildings will pick up the 100-ton stone structure in one piece and truck it down the road.
The inn, built in the mid-1800s, sits in the path of the planned realignment of Ranch to Market Road 620. “It would have been demolished or it would have needed to be relocated,” Joelle Jordan, the city’s principal planner, told KXAN.
Since 2016 the city has considered various options for the inn, including demolition. Now the move is being finalized, as workers finish removing additions made to the building over the decades.
In February the city of Round Rock approved $796,000 in hotel occupancy taxes to relocate the building and charged the group Round Rock Preservation with raising the money needed for the restoration portion, expected to be around $250,000.
“We would like to have a wood roof, we’d like to put in new wood windows, new gutters, a new wood floor,” Shirley Marquardt said. “Of course we’re going to need new air conditioning.”
Marquardt is the president of Round Rock Preservation; along with her team, she’s been cataloging their progress through photos, showing on their website where the inn has been and where it is now. Marquardt is also hoping to raise enough money through the site to complete the restoration.
“I have seen it transformed and I can’t wait to see it travel down the Chisholm Trail once again to its new home,” she said.
The Stagecoach Inn was originally a stopover point for weary travelers riding across the country in — what else — horse-drawn stagecoaches. That was before the rail line came through near the inn. The inn became a tavern, then a family home as transportation methods changed, finally morphing into a restaurant in recent decades, Marquardt said.
She’s working to restore it to its original state. “It’s something that I love to do,” she said, “so it doesn’t feel like work.”
The city and the preservation group broke ground on the new site last month. There’s no set date for moving the inn, but project leaders say it will happen this month.
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