Prior to World War II, dozens of homesteads and farmhouses dotted what is now Fort Hood. Today, only one remains and its future is unclear.
Reynolds House — a former ranch house built 99 years ago — was vacated by the Fort Hood Red Cross in December, and officials have been discussing plans for the structure for weeks.
A specific plan, however, has not been released. And it’s unclear if, or when, Fort Hood plans to tear the building down.
Last week, post officials confirmed plans to save the Reynolds House are in the works, but officials would not elaborate.
On Monday, board members with the Killeen Area Heritage Association said the group has an interest in saving the house.
“We are very committed to, at the very least, researching what we can do to save the Reynolds House,” said Charles Guidry, a board member with the association.
Guidry said he has been in talks with Fort Hood officials, who told him they are giving the association one year before taking further action on the historic house.
“The Reynolds House is in no eminent danger,” Guidry said.
Still, if the Reynolds House is to be moved or restored, a lot of work needs to be done.
“At this point, we are very encouraged, but there is a long way to go,” Guidry said.
The Fort Hood Red Cross office moved out of the building in December.
“Basically, the Reynolds House was in disrepair,” said Laura Read, senior station manager for the Fort Hood American Red Cross. When it rained outside, the house would leak, she said.
The historic house near the Warrior Way Commissary was built decades before Fort Hood was established in the 1940s.
“It’s the only structure (on post) that pre-dates Fort Hood,” said Lee Wilson, president of the historical association.
Hiram Reynolds, an investor and cotton broker with stores in Nolanville and Belton, built the home in 1915 after moving his family from the Sparta area to Killeen.
The house was the official quarters of the Fort Hood’s commanding general from 1942 through the early 1950s, Guidry said.
Hiram Reynolds died in 1929, but members of the Reynolds family continued to live in the house until 1942 and moved to the surrounding communities following their eviction.