Old Bullard Road always was Old Bullard Road, even when it was new.
The entry door is set in a wall of glass and features an oversized, back-plate medallion with the signs of the zodiac and sun-faced doorknob, suggesting the unique design treasures in this home. Living and dining rooms share a double-sided tunnel fireplace. The den has a soaring, beamed ceiling with skylights and a wall of glass doors opening onto the sunroom with another stacked ledge stone fireplace. The roomy kitchen with windows across the east wall is a good example of the growing popularity in the '50s of this space as a gathering point for guests as well as family. Wrap around corner windows are signature features of several rooms.
After 14 years, the Edelman family had grown to include daughters, Patti, Cindy and Debbie, and son, David, when the house was sold to Tyler builder James W. “Chad” Hanna and his wife, Jean, who lived here for the following 13 years. By 1978 this area was fully developed when the home was sold to oilman Burnace M. Smith and his wife, Marjorie.
When in 2012, this home had reached its 60th year, it was classified as a historic property. Having been attracted to this unique design, Jeanette and Joel Ross decided to buy it. Almost immediately the Rosses were asked if they would agree to have the house included on the Historic Tyler On Tour 2013 as the Designer Showcase. With this, the Rosses and their designers would face a fast approaching deadline with a project that will surely be one of the most popular stops on this year's Historic Tyler, Inc. annual spring tour.
Overseeing the project with the Rosses are Brandy Jones, interior design, and Roger Gardner, designer coordinator. Other designers presenting featured rooms are Granite Girls, Roger Craig Designs, Studio B, Gray's Home Fashion Gallery, Hannah Taff Interiors and Sherry Garrett Interiors.