Renovations at McKinney’s Chestnut Square Expand, Support Historic Homes

The Bevel House on McKinney’s Chestnut Square will soon be able to accommodate nearly 100 people for weddings and events due to ongoing renovations.

Heritage Village on Chestnut Square is home to 10 historic McKinney buildings, many of which have been renovated or will soon be renovated.

Originally built in 1920 and purchased by the Heritage Guild of Collin County in 2007, The Bevel House is primarily used for weddings and event receptions, according to Chestnut Square executive director Jaymie Pedigo. The renovation of the building will add approximately 400 square meters of usable space, creating six additional tables and increasing the total occupancy from 60 to 96 people.

“Right now we need to have a hybrid indoor-outdoor event if we have 100 people at a wedding. The chapel seats over 100, so we wanted to get [Bevel House] as close to that as we could,” said Pedigo.

The renovation is expected to be completed by the end of September. The Heritage Guild received a $73,765 grant from the McKinney Community Development Corp. at its Aug. 25 meeting to cover 95% of the renovation costs.

Other recent renovation projects include adding bracing to the Armstead Taylor House, a historic inn built in 1863. In 2017, the Heritage Guild restored Dulaney House, a native-owned home considered the “cornerstone of Chestnut Square” said Pedigo.

“To keep 165-year-old buildings standing, there has to be a lot of work,” said Pedigo.

The Heritage Guild’s next project is to rebuild a fireplace in the Faires House that was destroyed when it was moved to Chestnut Square, Pedigo said. Built in 1854, the Faires House is the oldest surviving residential building in McKinney and was saved from demolition by the founders of the Heritage Guild, according to Pedigo.

The recreation of the fireplace will use “true-to-form” brick donated by the J.P. Dowell Building in McKinney’s Historic Center and will cost approximately $30,000. Many previous renovations used methods and materials similar to those used when the building was originally built to preserve the structure’s historic integrity, Pedigo said.

“Sometimes it’s not always the way you’d like to do it, but it’s the way it was done in the past. People worked with what they had,” said Pedigo.

Chestnut Square is home to the McKinney Farmers Market and many other annual events, including the Holiday Historic Home Tours and the Legends of McKinney Ghost Walk. Pedigo estimates that Chestnut Square welcomes 50,000 visitors each year at public events, school trips, weddings and other special events.

Visit www.chestnutsquare.org to learn more about Chestnut Square or to learn about events, tours, and volunteer opportunities.

Chestnut Square

315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney

972-562-8790

www.chestnutsquare.org

Office hours: Tues, Thurs. and fr. 9am – 3pm

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