Forty-two years ago, J. David Bamburger bought 3,000 acres of Blanco County land in the Texas Hill Country; barren, grazed-out, good-for-nothing land without live water. It was "the most degraded land in the Hill Country". Today springs flow, cattle and goats graze in wild grassland pastures, and the ranch is home to endangered animals, birds and plants.
A peeled-pole gate leads into the Texas Hill Country spread owned and renovated by architect Christopher C. Hill. “The two-story section dates to the 1850s, when Peter Gallagher founded the ranch,” says Hill. “The porches lining the courtyard were added in the 1930s.”