Built in 1872, by Edward R.A. Buckles, this I-plan vernacular house exhibits classical and Victorian detailing. Its two-story gallery features Doric columns on the ground level, which contrasts with the Victorian turned wood columns and balusters located above. Residing here only a short while, Buckles sold the house in 1873 to Col. Nimrod L. Norton and his wife Mary (Hall). Col. Norton, a Confederate veteran, was active in agriculture during his residence in Salado. A charter member of the local Grange, he was also a member of the Texas Capital building Commission, and donated granite for the capital exterior from a quary he owned in Burnet County.
On the northern fringes of the town, the Fowler House, built in 1872, denotes Revival symmetry and proportions in the two-story, five-bay front. This facade is marked by double-hung windows with six-over-six lights accented with pedimented hood molds. There is a central entrance surrounded by transom and sidelights. Both the scale and the details of the existing single-story portico with pediment suggest that it is not original. In all probability, the house had an earlier portico where the present one is located.
The Davis House, built ca. 1874 on Main Street, has developed from an original , double-pen log structure into the almost random plan of today. It even incorporated a small frame store that was moved up the hill from the creek and attached in 1900. Another addition was completed i n 1920.