Family maintains history of 131-year-old home
July 26, 2014 at 2:26 a.m.
Updated July 27, 2014 at 2:27 a.m.
Dominick H. Regan Home
• OWNERS: John Griffin and Lynn Knaupp
• ADDRESS: 507 S. De Leon St., Victoria
• YEAR BUILT: 1883
• SQUARE FOOTAGE: More than 5,000
• BEDROOMS: Five
• LIVING ROOMS: Three
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The feeling upon stepping into the foyer at 507 S. De Leon St. in Victoria can only be described as magnificent.
The home has the feel of a Victorian manor with all of the woodwork, multiple living areas, original fireplaces and massive structure.
Built by Dominick H. Regan in 1883 in Indianola, this was home to Regan, his wife and their 13 children. Upon damage from devastating hurricanes in 1875 and 1886, Regan decided to move the home to Victoria, where it has remained. The house stayed in the Regan family until the 1960s, when it was owned by Regan's granddaughter.
In 1986, the house was listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.
In 1995, John Griffin and Lynn Knaupp made this house their home.
"This truly is a fantastic house," said Knaupp. Wanting to maintain the home's family history, the couple purchased pieces of furniture from the Regan family to remain in the home.
In 1999, the home caught fire. Though it sustained immense damage, the family decided to restore it to its original glory.
"We were out of the house for about a year while restorations were being made," said Knaupp.
Not only was the home fully restored, but the family also decided to readorn the home with its cupola in 2000. This feature added a small third floor of sorts and showcases another balcony. Among other restorations, the attic was made into a living space, a pool area was added in the back, the wooden slats and molding were specially milled to replace what burned, and the kitchen was remodeled.
Now, after all restorations have been completed, the home remains a place of wonder.
At the bottom of the giant staircase sits an ornate newel post. This is just one of many features unique to this home.
Another is the original pocket doors that separate one of the living rooms from the dining room.
But the jewel of the home, Knaupp said, is the kitchen. After raising three children who are now grown and living on their own, this room remains a central point in the house for family and camaraderie.
In fact, the family hosts musicians from the Victoria Bach Festival each year.
Outside, the yard offers a feeling of tranquility. Sitting on a corner lot, the house has a wraparound yard featuring many plants, fountains and places to relax. The pool area, unseen from the street, feels like a tropical oasis. Leading into the pool is a closed sun porch. This area provides a beach house feel and is a perfect complement to the pool area.
At 131 years old, the home continues to provide a place for more history to be made.