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The George W. Bush Childhood Home
This home is one of the Nation's first 1950s residential restorations. The Department of Interior's 50-year standard for initial consideration for the National Registers means that few buildings from 1953 or later have been considered.
A few museums and exhibits have addressed the 1950s; examples being the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont, and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum's Davy Crockett Exhibit last year. However, this may be the first true 1950s historic home restoration and is certainly the first Presidential Home from the 1950s.
The period is fun to interpret and tells us a great deal about the influential childhood years of a generation. In 2001, George Bush Childhood Home, Inc., the nonprofit entity that owns and manages the Bush Childhood Home, purchased the historic home and a neighboring home, which currently serves as the visitor center, gift shop and administrative office.
In July of 2003 it passed the $1,000,000 mark in fundraising. After 5 years of research, documentation and restoration, the home was officially dedicated on April 11, 2006. Former President George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush and Laura Bush gave opening remarks at this event attended by several hundred people. Since then the home has received over 30,000 visitors from every state, and over 60 foreign countries. Stop by and visit the Bush museum today, if you are in the Midland, TX area!
Walking through the Bush
museum, you will find artifacts used by the Bush family
and be able to see how the layout of their house was while George
Bush was growing up in Midland, TX.
Are you taking your family on a
vacation near Midland, TX? Why not make it education? Stop at the
Bush Family Museum and give your children some background on George
Bush and the rest of the Bush family.
National and State Recognitions:
A comprehensive Historic Structure Report for the preservation of the Bush Childhood Home was completed and delivered to the Texas Historical Commission. This detailed document addressed the potential preservation and goals of the Project as well as the history of the Home and the Bush Family. The Master Plan/Historic Structure Report was partially funded by the Texas Historical Commission and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Bush family home is now on The National Register of Historic Places and is a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark. The Texas Historical Commission Marker was dedicated in August of 2008.
TBG Partners, a Texas-based landscape architecture firm, worked with Herndon, Stauch & Associates and Rhotenberry Wellen Architects to develop the comprehensive Site Plan for the Project.
The Plan incorporates the two adjacent neighborhood homes in Midland, TX owned by George W. Bush Childhood Home, Inc., as well as the leased parking area at the end of the block. Most significant to the Bush Childhood Home, itself, it included replicating the Bush Yard as it was between 1951 and 1956. Phase I of the Project includes the parts of the Site Plan immediately around the Home.
How Challenging was This
It was quite a challenge! The Bush family home had the majority of its original architectural details intact, so a true restoration was possible. However, every detail presented a challenge in this small house.
From the foundation, to the roof, every aspect of the house required attention after years of alterations, and the impact of natural deterioration. You name it and we found it: hazardous materials, water damage, floor patching, a bathroom addition, heavy paint on the interior natural pine paneling, roof structure issues, and a long list of restoration and preservation details that were faithfully addressed to recreate the 1950s era. This small house was lovingly brought back to its earlier life as a home to the great American Bush family.
Stop by the Bush family
home in Midland,
TX today to learn more about George Bush and the Bush
In 2001, George W. Bush Childhood Home, Inc., the nonprofit entity that owns and manages the Bush Childhood Home, purchased the historic home, and a neighboring home which currently serves as the visitor center, gift shop and administrative office. In July of 2003 it passed the $1,000,000 mark in fundraising. After 5 years of research, documentation and restoration, the home was officially dedicated on April 11, 2006. Former President George H. and W. Bush, Barbara Bush, and Laura Bush gave opening remarks at this event attended by several hundred people. Since then the home has received over 30,000 visitors from every state and over 60 foreign countries.
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|Quote of the day:|
|Fri Jul 18 08:45:00 EDT 2014|
"America is a nation with a mission - and that mission
comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate,
no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace - a peace
founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and
-George W. Bush
|Happy Birthday, USA!|
|Fri Jul 04 08:45:00 EDT 2014|
It’s our nation’s 238th birthday today; let’s make it an occasion to remember. Have a fun and safe Independence Day everyone!
|Fri Jun 20 09:53:00 EDT 2014|
If you're a previous visitor who enjoyed your time, or just a big fan of the former president, please consider donating to us so we can keep providing our services! https://www.bushchildhoodhome.com/contributions
|Free kids reading event:|
|Fri Jun 06 09:56:00 EDT 2014|
On Thursday, June 19, we will host a free reading event for children of all ages in the Visitor Center! Children will read a few books including the featured "How Oliver Olson Changed the World" and each will receive a copy of the book as well! Refreshments will be served. Call (432) 242-3027 to reserve a spot.
|Mon May 19 14:20:00 EDT 2014|
If you're coming in from out of town to visit the museum, here are some resources to help you plan your trip better: http://bushchildhoodhome.org/visit
|Mon May 05 14:19:00 EDT 2014|
Check out some tidbits about 1950s Midland on our website at http://bushchildhoodhome.org/midland. The changes since then will amaze you!
|Quote of the Day:|
|Thu Apr 17 11:26:00 EDT 2014|
"Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means
character, and it means listening from time to time." - George W.
|Thu Apr 03 11:25:00 EDT 2014|
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|George W. Bush Fun Fact:|
|Thu Mar 06 08:45:00 EST 2014|
George W. Bush had qualities of leadership beginning during his childhood - he was elected as class president in the seventh grade!