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Stephenville Ranch

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This idyllic ranch commands a long view over the Bosque River. The site of an historic stone cabin, barns, and the burned out remains of a mid-twentieth century ranch house, this complex of buildings evolved over more than thirty years of collaboration between clients and architect.

The Cumberland plan cabin was restored as the ranch headquarters and the remnant stone walls of the burned house became the spine for a new two-bedroom residence and courtyard. Later additions expanded this first modest move while continuing to anchor the architecture in the heritage of the site. Native grasses and wildflowers were reintroduced to return the land to its natural prairie state; the trees now host a vast variety of indigenous and migratory birds. Sunsets and sunrises are breathtaking.

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