LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Longview's Judge Campbell house was home to one of Longview's first judges, and hosted parties for Texas' 2nd governor. Wood and scaffolding dominate the outside of this 140 year old home. This tattered home has seen better days. It was built in 1872 and was the most recognizable landmark for decades.
"Being abandoned, being neglected this home shouldn't be here. But it is and it gives us an opportunity to save it. " - Kerri Martin, Project Leader
Kerri Martin is leading the restoration project and has been making slow, but steady progress since Preservation Longview bought the home in 2008,. The site has been on the Texas Historical Landmark list since 1965, but was just named the 2nd locally designated historical landmark by the City of Longview.
"So many important things that happened for the city of Longview, and the state of Texas happened right here."
The plan is to restore the facade of the home to its original look. Preservation Longview President Lynette Goodson says the inside is in good shape, but the foundation, roof, and porch needs work.
"As you drive by it will look the same way it does in the photograph, but it will be structurally reinforced and brought up to safety codes." - Lynette Goodson, President of Preservation Longview
The remaining costs could total 1 million dollars, but bids on remaining projects are pending. Once built, the home will host parties, lunches, and tours becoming a financially self-sustaining asset.
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