We are based in the Heritage House, shown above with special decorations for its 100th Anniversary.
To learn about the Society and its activities, CLICK HERE.
To learn about the history of the City of Irving and also the Heritage House, CLICK HERE.
To learn about the history of the Irving Independent School District, CLICK HERE. To see now-and-then photographs of Irving schools and other views, CLICK HERE.
CLICK HERE for a list of future Society activities.
A list of current officers, directors, and committee chairs are found HERE, plus an application for membership as well as a list of former presidents.
Links to other Internet sites in Irving and those with a relation to history are found HERE.
Irving Heritage House Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s
Tenth Annual Museum Day Live!
Free Admission for All Participants Visiting the Irving Heritage House on September 27, 2014
The Irving Heritage House will open its doors 1pm - 4pm free of charge on Saturday, September 27, 2014, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.
Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. Previous year’s event drew over 400,000 participants a year, and this year’s event expects record-high participation across the nation.
Built in 1912 for C.P. Schulze and his bride, the Heritage House is a restored prairie-style pioneer home. Signature features include cypress siding, a low-hipped roof, a large porch, and gabled dormer. The Schulze heirs gave it to the City of Irving in 1975. The Irving Heritage Society owns the furnishings and operates the house as a tour home. The house was designated as a Recorded Texas State Historic Landmark in 1986. A visit to the Heritage House, which is filled with beautiful antiques, is a step back in time.
Irving Heritage Society President Patty Landers Caperton commented: “We are pleased with the national recognition that this program will bring to our City of Irving and to the Irving Heritage House.”
The Museum Day Live! ticket is available to download at Smithsonianmag.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2014 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonianmag.com/museumday.
For more information on the 1912 Irving Heritage House,
Dr. Clay W. Gilbert's home is now listed on the National Register of Historic Place. This is the first such listing ever received in Irving, Texas
Joffre-Gilbert Home 2014
Dr. Clay W. Gilbert was greeted with cheers and applause as he announced to the Irving Heritage Society board on September 5 that his home has been selected to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the very first such recognition within the City of Irving and is quite a distinction. The Gilbert home was built in 1919 by A. Fred Joffre as his own dream home. It is located at 309 South O’Connor Road, originally listed as 309 Iowa Street. Dr. Franklin Monroe and his wife Dorothy purchased the home in 1939. Dr. Clay W. Gilbert has owned the home since 1977.
The Joffre-Gilbert home is a 2 story, frame, Craftsman Style bungalow, often referred to as an “airplane bungalow” based on its wide, low, front-facing gable end and centrally-placed and cockpit-like second floor. Originally clad in wood clapboard siding, the first floor siding was covered in Perma-Stone in 1947-1949. The front porch is notable for its unusual open-timbered gable and modified “cross log” support columns.
Dr. Franklin Monroe Gilbert had followed in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Daniel W. Gilbert, in providing medical care to the community. Dr. D. W. Gilbert was the first physician and pharmacist in Irving, beginning as early as 1878. Dr. F.M. Gilbert began his medicine in 1920 in the community. Dr. F. M. Gilbert opened Irving’s first clinic, a ground-breaking facility that provided comprehensive
24-hour care in the absence of an area hospital. He was Mayor of Irving (1932-1937) and was on the board of the Irving State Bank and its later iterations for fifty years, serving as president from 1938-1954. Gilbert was elected to the board of trustees of the Irving Independent School District, serving ten consecutive years among other community roles. Together Dr’s D.W. and F.M. Gilbert provided leadership and compassionately served the Irving area community for a century without interruption. This included provision of care to the poor with little or no compensation and to the African American community in a time of racial division and segregation.
The National Register of Historic Places was awarded based on two criterions:
B. Property is associated with the lives of persons significant to our past.
C. Property embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period or method of construction or represents the work of a master, or possesses high artistic values, or represents a significant and distinguishable entity whose components lack individual distinction.
Listing in the National Register of Historic Places provides formal recognition of a property’s historical, architectural, or archeological significance based on national standards used by every state. It was awarded to the Joffre-Gilbert Home by the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service – National Register of Historic Places on August 1, 2014. A plaque is being crafted to be placed in front of the home at a later date.
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