David Love farmed and ranched in Williamson County before settling in Georgetown, where he was a merchant. Love purchased property on the west side of the courthouse square where he later constructed a two-story stone structure for his mercantile business. The Love Building is a classic example of Victorian commercial architecture. It is a two-story stone building with an ornate metal facade on the second floor. Detailing of the four bay second floor includes one over one double-hung windows, squared pilasters, and a floral design in the frieze. The cornice above the frieze exhibits more classical lines. The structure was originally capped by a metal parapet that has since been removed. The ground floor features a central recessed double-door entry, display windows, and transoms. The building is outlined on either side by brick piers capped by heavy consoles. Elements of the rear elevation include round arched windows on the ground floor and segmental arched windows on the second floor.
Until his death, David Love remained an influential business leader in Georgetown. He eventually joined in partnership for his mercantile business with his son-in-law F. R. Scott, but Scott left the firm in 1890 and Love again became sole proprietor. Following Love's death, his stone commercial building continued to house a general merchandise establishment for years. In later years, there is evidence the building was used for the sale of dry goods, clothing, feed and as a grocery store.
In 1983, the David Love Store was restored by owners Eugenia and Donald Harrell. Interior renovation on the ground floor provided space for several businesses (stores within a store) that sell such items as antiques, folk art, collectibles, and special gifts. The second floor area has been divided into office space and apartments. Marilyn Kasper Messick has recently renovated the second floor and façade of the building, and is offering two apartments for short term rentals. The downstairs space is leased by Camille’s, which sells women’s fashions.
The David Love Store is an important landmark on Georgetown's historic town square. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it has contributed significantly to the city's Main Street project and other downtown revitalization efforts. Its prominent location, elaborate design, and creative utilization have influenced other local preservation projects. In addition, the building's signage perpetuates the memory of a man who made lasting contributions to the quality of life in Georgetown.
There is always work to do, but we are so excited for the next chapter in the life of the Love Building. We have recently updated the facade using Douglas Fir, and added a standing seam metal awning.
We are so excited that you are considering staying with us.
Marilyn Kasper Messick has been in this area for going on 50 years. She loves dancing, grandkids, and this building. Heather Kasper has been around here for about 15 years. She loves her kid, cows and mother-in-law, in no particular order.
Together, they hope you will love the Love Building, and will do their utmost to give you a quality time.
You can reach Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512)610-0049.