Photo Courtesy Susan K. Beers Realty – Fathom Realty Co. 

Since 1931, the “Jack McCullough House” has adorned N. Waddill Street in McKinney.

But before there was a home, there was an Olympian hopeful and track star.

Jack McCullough attended Texas A&M and, as previously mentioned, was a legendary track and field star. McCullough not only held the Southwest Conference Pole Vaulting record in 1924, he won first place at all 21 state competitions he participated in. After graduation, he earned a spot at the final qualifying round for the Olympic team. However, his employer was not supportive of his athletic aspirations and he withdrew from the competition. He went on to marry his wife Catherine and to become the County Agent for Collin County. The happy couple purchased a charming lot on Waddill street in 1930.

They built their home in 1931 with the help of the historically significant contractor, J. Ed Micheal. The home was built as a three-bedroom home, and still remains so today with the addition of  a sun room and a second bathroom. Original windows and moldings remain intact throughout the home. The steep roofs and prominent chimney are signatures of Cotswold style architecture.

Cotswold Style Architecture is based on homes from the Cotswold region of England, often referred to as Tudor, and sometimes lovingly referred to as “Storybook style.”

Lisa Hammett and her husband both grew up in older homes, so when home shopping, they knew they wanted a home with charm and character.  They found an abundance of both at 418 N. Waddill. The peaked roof drew them in immediately. They found signs of years’ past around every corner and were delighted to see the original phone niche remained adorned to the wall in the hallway.

Jack McCullough’s daughter herself stopped to speak with the new owners while walking in the neighborhood. She grew up in the home, and was able to point out ways the home has remained the same, areas it has been updated, and memories she had made on the property.

Lisa and her husband will now add to the history of the Jack McCullough home, caring for remnants of times past while imparting their own modern tastes and traditions to the home.

Special thanks to Tom Michero for historical content contributions, and Lisa Hammett for sharing her home with us.