A converted Great Gatsby-era social club in Brenham is for sale.

Janet Dreyer of Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty’s Country Properties Group listed a property called the Citadel last week for $6 million. The Washington County Assessment District has an assessed 2023 value of $942,000. It is classified as a commercial property and is currently operating as an events venue.

Nestled in picturesque bluebonnet country, the Citadel sits on 48 acres at 3401 US Highway 290 East, approximately 75 miles northwest of Houston and not far from quaint destination Round Top.

It was designed and built in 1924 by Houston architect Alfred C. Fenn, known for designing the San Jacinto Monument and the Rice Hotel. The castle became the Brenham Country Club before being converted into a single-family home during the Great Depression. Failed gubernatorial candidate Johnnie Mae Hackworth bought it in the 1940s.

During the century-old life of the estate, extensive renovations and modernizations have taken place. The main residence spans nearly 7,300 square feet and spans two floors, with balconies on both floors accentuating the classic style. The balcony was renovated by current owner Edward Smith III and his family.

The quaint home has only two bedrooms, but it has two full bathrooms and four half bathrooms. Amenities include a grand ballroom, an original 1920s in-ground pool and a guest house, as well as a four-car garage and a 1,100-square-foot apartment-style office.

The extensive grounds include terraces formerly used as vineyards. The expansive lawn is reminiscent of the country club’s past, with a racetrack and skeet shooting station.

as a event space It can be used for vacations, corporate events and weddings.

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