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Looking back on plans to save the Cerf House


Author’s Note: The eventual fate of the famous Cerf House, bequeathed to the city of Ennis by Mamie Cerf in 1962, has been the subject of some confusion on social media recently. The house was demolished in 1969, following unsuccessful attempts by the Heritage Foundation of Ennis to preserve the house. The following excerpt from a news report by Elizabeth Parsons, published in the Waxahachie Daily Light on September 6, 1967, records last ditch efforts to save the mansion.
“ENNIS – After lengthy deliberation at the Tuesday night meeting of the Ennis City Commission, the fate of Ennis’ much publicized Cerf House today hangs in the balance. An item on the agenda for the meeting was ‘Hearing on Cerf House (Neighborhood Improvement Ordinance Code No. 1967-14). The house, built at the turn of the century by the late Mr. and Mrs. Isadore Cerf, became the property of the city under the terms of the will of Mrs. Cerf who died in 1962. The mansion, now in a state of disrepair, stands on half a city block on West Ennis Avenue, which is the U.S. 287 route through the town. Under the terms of the will, the property was to be used for the benefit of the public as a memorial to Isadore and Mamie Cerf. Dismayed by proposals of expensive maintenance, the 1962 commission, headed by former Mayor C. W. McCaskill, called for bids for demolition of the structure. Read this story and more in your Weekend edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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