The Texas Historical Commission State Board of Review met Jan. 18 in Austin with Weatherford’s Chandor Gardens on the agenda as a nominee to the National Register of Historic Places.
The board voted unanimously to endorse Chandor and forward the nomination to the National Parks Service, which ultimately determines properties accepted to the National Register.
If approved by the National Parks Service, Chandor Gardens will receive national recognition that will result in diverse benefits to Weatherford, including increased exposure to national and international tourists and access to grants to assist with the promotion and preservation of the gardens.
“This is an exciting time for Chandor Gardens, the City of Weatherford, and our community as a whole,” stated Karen Nantz, manager of Chandor Gardens. “Such recognition would serve as a national, and even an international spotlight for Chandor that could flow over to the entire city, including local businesses; the benefits from the possible increased tourism could result in additional economic activity and opportunities.”
Several Chandor supporters traveled to Austin to attend the meeting of the state board, including Bill Warren, who submitted the original nomination.
Chandor Gardens was purchased by the City of Weatherford in 2002 and is located at 711 West Lee in Weatherford. Open seven days a week, with the exception of city-noted holidays, the gardens and the mansion of Chandor are available for group and/or personal tours, picnics, or for rent for weddings, business meetings, showers, parties, and other special events.
For specific times and availability, call 817-613-1700.