Tax Credit Program Highlight: Neathery Estate

McKinney, Collin County



Listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Historic Resources of McKinney Multiple Property Nomination

Historic Use

Single-family residence

Current Use

Bed and breakfast, events rental

Total Rehabilitation Cost


Qualified Rehabilitation Expenses


Date Certified

October 23, 2019


Also certified for federal historic tax credits

Project Contact

Neathery Estate Bed and Breakfast; Sullivan Architecture; Scott Evans Construction


The Neathery Estate, also known as the Sam Neathery House, is significant as one of the best examples of Colonial Revival architecture in McKinney. Located in a prominent McKinney neighborhood, the house was built around 1920 for Sam Neathery, who had been elected County Attorney for Collin County in 1915. After serving two terms in Collin County, Neathery moved to Houston (retaining his McKinney home until 1934) where he served as City Attorney. During this period, he served as a member of the University of Texas Board of Regents.

Rehabilitation Project

The Neathery Estate has been rehabilitated to serve as a bed and breakfast and events venue. Through its history, the house was minimally changed, retaining exterior Colonial Revival decorative elements and much of its original floor plan, in addition to a second floor sleeping porch with decorative railings and screens. The recently completed project primarily involved basic repairs to historic materials, including interior and exterior woodwork, windows, flooring, and plaster walls. Unique fireplace surrounds and mantles were retained, as was wood paneling in the historic second floor office. Kitchens, bathrooms, and building systems were all upgraded. A new stair was constructed to allow easier access to a bedroom in the house’s finished attic. A former carriage house, also considered a historic building, was converted into a lofted bedroom with a new bathroom.


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  • The house has a screen porch with unique grid-like trim.