Jim and Teresa Ferns

Jim and Teresa Ferns purchased the Wilson building at 106 E. Henderson St. and renovated it just in time for the Candlewalk Tour of Homes.



Save Old Cleburne will host the 42nd annual Candlewalk Tour of Historic Homes on Saturday. The tour features six homes and businesses that will be showcased from 1-8 p.m.

The Wilson Building at 106 E. Henderson St. is one of the homes on the tour.

While finishing touches are going in at the Wilson Building, enjoy these photos taken by owners Jim and Teresa Ferens for a sneak preview of this unique home in the heart of downtown Cleburne.

The Wilson Building was built in 1881 by Harvey Seth Wilson as a Dry Goods Store specializing in agriculture tools and maintenance of horse drawn carriages. Its many uses over the decades include the Oakland Motor Car showroom in the 1930s, the Print Shop and the Comic Boxx.

Jim and Teresa Ferens were bored with their traditional house, so they started exploring nearby towns for their dream loft project. Jim Ferens fell in love with Cleburne’s courthouse and they both wanted to be a part of something bigger: Cleburne’s downtown revitalization and future growth. 

While looking at vacant downtown buildings, they noticed the door was open at the Wilson Building. They met the Owens, who were using the building as a warehouse and workshop for their home furnishings business. The timing was right, as the Owens had outgrown the building, and it soon changed hands. 

The extensive renovation has taken more than a year. Original brick walls, tin ceilings on the first floor, and an unusual roof structure on the second floor have all been exposed and highlighted. A hand-operated Otis No. 3 Lift Car Elevator remains in the building, along with many creatively repurposed souvenirs of the building’s past. 

The 5,000-square-foot residence the Ferens have created on the second floor of the former is Cleburne’s first urban loft-style conversion. The showstopper of a dressing room is one of the few enclosed rooms in the very open floor plan. During Candlewalk, the future retail space on the first floor will offer a special surprise to visitors.

Tickets are available at the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce, 1511 W. Henderson St.; Heritage Home-Vintage Inspired Living, 208 E. Henderson St.; Layland Museum, 201 N. Caddo St.; Troy Vinson Jewelers, 4666 S.W. Loop 820 in Fort Worth; and online at eventbrite.com

Purchased in advance, adult tickets are $12 and children 5-12 are $8. On the day of the tour, adult tickets are $15 and children 5-12 are $10. 

Funds raised support the programs of Save Old Cleburne, founded in 1976 to celebrate and protect Cleburne’s historic buildings.

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