Round Top Real Estate Folk ArtNews:Texas Real Estate Firm EarnsHonor – Lists Sale of LegendaryPioneer’s famed Exhibition Hall
ROUND TOP, TX - December 11, 2007 - Round Top Real Estate has sold someimpressive property over its almost 20-year history, but few of the company’s listingsmatch the iconic importance of Emma Lee Turney’s 12,600 square-foot Round Top ArtsCenter building, home of the Round Top Folk Art Fair and Creative Market.The air-conditioned, metal, barn-like structure with space for fifty-four huge 12 x 16 foot booths, is only a year old and built to showcase contemporary art and other updated presentations. It is located just outside the Round Top city limits, not far from thefamously-quaint Bybee Square, the centerpiece of civic and social activity in the tinyTexas town, population 77. Before the exhibit hall was built, a huge tent stood in its place. The 10-acre spread on which it is built has been home to her Folk Art Fairs andother newly-added presentations, such as the Wedding Show and the Country DesignShow, which were started last year."The buyer will also find a good septic tank and water well" says Grover Hillbolt, owner of Round Top Real Estate, the town’s oldest realty firm. Turney’s Folk Art Fair propertyis listed at $1,050,000. "This is an established location with established clients and anestablished reputation. You can’t ask for more,” says Hillbolt.Turney, a 79-year-old business woman who enjoys an almost celebrity status amongantique and art collectors around the U.S. and is known by many as "Miss Emma"remembers Round Top when the migration of major collectors and dealers first began.She recorded these and other memories in her autobiography, “Denim and Diamonds”.In the book, Turney explains how she launched the Round Top antique and folk art showsin the 1960’s, when 25 dealers signed up for a small two-day show that didn’t end up being small at all. “It was a sell-out to the 2,700 high-profile shoppers who arrived fromHouston,” recalls Turney. “Those dealers must have brought everything their familiesever owned" she laughs. More than forty years later, Turney says many of the childrenand grandchildren of those original shoppers make Round Top their destination.“Many have bought homes and property in the area,” she says.