This two-story brick home was built by a local brick manufacturer and contractor, Daniel N. Darling and his wife Sarah Fannie, both natives of Massachusetts. It was soon sold to John Young Gooch, who was a prominent local lawyer and one-time state legislator. An addition was made at the front-right about 1899 by Benjamin H. Gardner and wife Carolina Bonner Gardner, both natives of Alabama. Judge Gardner was a longtime Palestine resident who was once an associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court. The home has been in the Gardner family since 1892.