As we admired the mansions on King William Street, we came across the Guenther House. Carl Hilmar Guenther built his home in 1859, which sits quietly off the main street beneath a shady bower.
As we entered the home, we discovered that the Guenther house has a charming little restaurant, designed in the Art Nouveau style. It features stained glass ivy window panels and decorative plaster moulds in the shape of corn and wheat--a miller's symbols. Very appropriate, because Mr. Guenther's flour mill is located next door to his home and is still being used.
A Victorian parlor (picture #2)was set for a Christmas tea. The crystal chandelier, gold leaf embellishments on the mirrors and period furniture complete with the original family piano gave us a glimpse of the Guenther's lifestyle. They were genteel folks!
A gift shop offers assorted utensils for the kitchen, plus items for children (such as a tea set, books and small size aprons) was crowded with people. The Roof Garden, once a former ballroom, is used for weddings, business meetings and parties. An outdoor dining area covered by an arched canopy is also used for private get togethers.
We were very disappointed we could not be seated for lunch--the wait was almost an hour and we had other places we wanted to see. On our next visit we'll have to make a point of dining here.
Hours are 8 am-4pm Mon.-Sat.; 8am-3pm Sun. Restaurant hours are 7am-3pm breakfast; 11 am-3pm lunch and 10am-3pm Sunday lunch. Parking is accessed from South Alamo Street.