The History of 412 W. Morton Street, Queen Anne Victorian, 1897
412 W. Morton Street, Inn of Many Faces, is historically known as a Queen Anne Victorian mansion for Col. J. B. McDougall at the age of 82 built this house for his wife, Margaret and her three sons. He lived in the house for 23 years and died in 1920; died at the ripe old age 101.
This imposing structure itself dates from the early 1890s. Col. McDougall was a successful businessman. He is the founding father of the old Denison Opera House. In addition, he was president of the Denison Electric Light and Power Company, the first M-K-T Railroad Depot - 1893 was listed as proprietor of McDougall Hotel and Bank Exchange Saloon. He also was director of the National Bank, State National Bank and the First National Bank of Denison. McDougall started a steam cleaning establishment in 1898 which is still in business and is known as Snow White Cleaners on Woodard Street. He and his wife were instrumental in the building of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, the stain glass windows that he donated are still behind the alter and bear his name in inscriptions at the bottom of each window.
One of Col. McDougall’s step-sons; George Moulton, who became the father of the Denison Dam, forms Lake Texoma. Mr. Moulton had become interested in hydro-electric power while traveling in the west when the WPA was building the Hoover Dam. He returned to Texas and began a major letter writing campaign which ultimately got the attention of Congressman Sam Rayburn, who was from nearby Bonham and was Speaker of the House. Mr. Rayburn helped secure the federal funds to build the dam and his name is on the plaque commemorating its completion. But it could be argued that without Mr. Moulton’s persistency, the dam may never have been built. The dam was completed in 1944, shortly before Mr. Moulton’s death in December 1944.
The three story house was remodeled in 1996. All the dark Victorian elements were restored. This is the house one sees today, bright and airy. Two sisters, Patricia Gunter and Judy Johnson, bought the house. It took them two years to renovate and decorate, before they opened it as a Bed and Breakfast in 1998. They chose the name, “Inn of Many Faces” because the older sister, Patricia, had had a collection of different faces for 35 years. You will see faces all over the house, from carvings in the furniture, wire hangers and hat racks, toby mugs and pictures on the walls. Patricia did the painting and wallpapering, and her sister, Judy, sewed the drapes by hand as neighbors say. 2007, the bathrooms were updated with Jacuzzi tubs and tastefully decorated suites and the kitchen was updated to code of amenities. 2012, the home has been refurbished to the elegance and character to the era with different decor and are furnished bringing a warm home style atmosphere. One guest counted and recorded that there is “over 2750 faces throughout”. A site you must see!
Innkeeper, Donna L. Ferchak of the lovely Victorian Manson has a love for history and restoration and has restored elegance to this Bed and Breakfast. The house in its time was known as a gathering place for friends and family on Sunday afternoons and one’s say in the distance they listened to the whimsical sound of the “Katy”. The Inn of Many Faces is and will continue to be a charming gathering place for visitors from around the world.
There are five verandahs on the house overlooking the north and east sides of the house for "old fashion" viewing. Nestled on two wooded acres of towering pecan trees. Surprises greet you at every turn whether in the garden or soaking in one of the three Jacuzzi tubs- the collection of whimsical faces greet you throughout the house and gardens - hence the name Inn of Many Faces.
The guest rooms with deep history are richly done with original oil paintings, antiques and antique quilts. Rooms include queen, king or double beds, duvets, Jacuzzi, ceiling fans, DISH and cable TV, Blue Ray, and comfortable chairs to relax and read or watch TV after a busy day (See more Amenities). The Katy parlor on the first floor offers a cozy place to sit and read, listen to music or enjoy an afternoon cup of tea. The bedding and mattresses are of exceptional quality, affording a refreshing night's sleep.
One often hears the cliché that it's like stepping back in time when reading about historic homes - at the Inn of Many Faces, Victorian Bed & Breakfast, from the current owner, to the people who worked on the past restoration - all have voiced these same sentiments about 412 W. Morton Street. This is especially true when one sits in the large porch swing on the breezy 72-foot long Victorian wraparound porch on a summer night overlooking the formal garden and gazebo. You really can go home again...and remember that “Face!”