Texas Chainsaw House

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Coordinates: 30°39′36.8″N 98°26′13.7″W / 30.660222°N 98.437139°W / 30.660222; -98.437139

The so-called Chainsaw House was moved from the La Frontera site to Kingsland in 1998 and restored for use as a restaurant as part of a hotel and railroad district.

The Texas Chainsaw House is located in Kingsland, Texas, on the grounds of The Antlers Hotel. This 1900s Victorian house was featured prominently in the 1974 movie, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, before it was moved to this location from Williamson County in 1998.[1] The then-dilapidated farm house originally sat on Quick Hill Road during the July-August 1973 filming of the movie, then sat vacant and deteriorating. The original site is where La Frontera is now located, in Round Rock.[2]

Location of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre farmhouse at Quick Hill – 30°28′49″N 97°41′33″W / 30.480277°N 97.692522°W / 30.480277; -97.692522 (Site of 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' farmhouse at Quick Hill)

In 1998, the house was cut into six pieces in order to be moved, then reassembled and restored to its original condition by master carpenter Anthony Mayfield on behalf of an investor couple in Austin. The house was a "pattern book" house, ordered from a catalog and assembled on site from a package of materials brought by wagon from a local lumber company. Research indicates it was likely built between 1908 and 1910.[3]

An identical twin house was later discovered nearby and was also renovated and is now located in Georgetown, Texas

Identical twin[edit]

A densely overgrown identical twin of the house was later found at La Frontera as well, and it too was cut into pieces and moved, but to nearby Georgetown and restored. It is known locally as the Burkland-Frisk house as it was built by an early settler in Williamson County, Leonard Frisk, and was later owned by Tony Burkland, a relative of the Frisk family. The house originally set across the street from the Chainsaw house, on Quick Hill Road. But it was later moved to another location within La Frontera and was not originally recognized as a twin because of the dilapidated condition of the house and it being completely overgrown with plants and trees.[4] It was moved in 2006 and restored by the developers of La Frontera, Don Martin and Bill Smalling (1953–2008). It sits on San Gabriel Village Blvd prominently overlooking the South San Gabriel River [5] and is used as an office.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Film Locations for the Texas Chainsaw Massacre". Worldwide Guide to Film Locations. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Pack, MM (2003-10-23). "The Killing Fields: A culinary history of 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' farmhouse". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  3. ^ Matt Phillips. "TCM Sister House". web publication. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Jeff Dorsch (20 January 2002). "Twin to Texas Chainsaw Massacre House Moves to Georgetown". Williamson County Sun. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Matt Phillips. "TCM Sister House". web publication. Retrieved 5 February 2011.