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Jordan-Bowles Home


Grand Prairie, Texas

Client: The City of Grand Prairie, Texas
Location: Bowles Park
700 Block NE 28th and Bowles Streets
Grand Prairie, Texas
Project Type: Historic Preservation - Stabilization and Repair
  • National Register of Historic Places - 1972
  • Building area - 2,675 SF


As quoted from the historical marker:

“Built about 1860 of hand-hewn logs from bottomland of the Trinity River. The builder, David Jordan (1808-1879), came to Texas about 1859, moving his household by wagon from Tennessee. A farmer, he also kept a store and a stage stand on the Dallas-Fort Worth Road.

At that time, Indian raids were frequent, and the outlaw Sam Bass was suspected of committing an 1860 hold-up here.

In 1886, Victor Bowles bought the property, which remained in his family for 65 years. Miss Minnie Bowles remodeled the house in 1948, and in 1951, donated it to the city. It is now a museum and meeting place.

In late 1999, a severe fire gutted a portion of the original house. Smoke and water damaged the main house, the porch, the roof, and a portion of the foundation.

The City of Grand Prairie City Council realized the significance of the property to the history of Texas and Grand Prairie. However, having a minimal source of funds limited the work to stabilization and repair. After completion of the restoration and stabilization work, the city has closed the building until such time as sufficient funds are acquired for an appropriate and proper restoration and occupancy."

Architect and Professional of Record: Tom Hines
Owner: The City of Grand Prairie, Texas
Architectural Firm: McCaslin Associates
Structural: McCaslin Associates