Upon entering The W.H. Stark House through the 6th
Street entrance door, visitors view an impressive Eastlake staircase, which sets the tone for the house tour. Visitors will also find the first of many original Oriental rugs. Long leaf curly pine panels and ornate woodwork exemplify the Stark family’s lumber interests.
The Library is to the right of the entry, and it highlights the extensive book collection of the W.H. Stark family. Down the hall is the elegant Music Room, adorned with cherubs and a majestic grand piano.
Across the hall from the Music Room is the Dining Room, which is seasonally set for a Stark family dinner. The Breakfast Room features a more intimate setting for Stark family meals.
In the Back Hall, visitors will see the unique storage spaces for the table settings as well as the caisson that holds the leaves to the dining table, which is part of the suite of Santo Domingo mahogany furniture in the Dining Room.
Immediately upon entering the house, visitors are transported to the early 1900s. The Front Hall and Foyer reveal the grandeur of The W.H. Stark House, from the dramatic staircase to the numerous pieces of decorative arts.
The Library reflects the Stark family’s devotion to reading, with a small selection of the family’s extensive collection of books. Originally, the Library housed more than 10,000 rare books and manuscripts, but these were donated to the University of Texas upon Miriam Stark’s death in 1936.
The Music Room demonstrates the W.H. Stark family’s musical interests, with a Steinway grand piano as well as a violin and bow that are thought to have belonged to Lutcher Stark. A theme of cherubs is reflected throughout the Music Room.
The W.H. Stark House Dining Room was used by the Stark family for family dinners and formal dining. An ornate room, from the original silk damask lambrequins retained at the windows to the damask table linens – it follows a floral theme of swags and garlands of flowers. The dining table is set throughout the year with china, silver and crystal originally owned by the W.H. Stark family, with seasonal settings for holidays and special occasions.
The W.H. Stark House Breakfast Room was used by the W.H. Stark family for family meals. The room shows a chinoiserie, or Chinese influence, in various furniture pieces and decorative arts. Click on any image to view more information.
The Back Hall is the last stop on the first floor of The W.H. Stark House tour. Its wooden china cabinet reveals a portion of the extensive china collection amassed by Miriam M. Lutcher Stark.