Update, 6/24: The banner depicted in the photo above really does spell “pre-selling” correctly; the photographer explains how Google+ ate the ‘g.’
And here’s what you all were waiting for, while patiently enduring the demolition of the recently renovated 1906 Bullock-City Federation Mansion at 411 Lovett Blvd. this past March: The old building’s old-fashionedly-named replacement. Signs announcing Croix Homes’ Courtlandt Manor development went up Friday at the two-thirds-of-an-acre site on the corner of Lovett Blvd. and Taft St. A rendering of the development (at top) may make it kinda look like a single collegiate building, but it’s being sold as 14 separate townhomes, with prices “from” $875,000. The site plan (above right) shows the structures grouped around some sort of central argyle auto court, perhaps reminiscent of the former brick-and-concrete design on the parking lot of its vanquished predecessor, in a twisted-45-degrees kind of way.
Another nod to history: In honor of the century-old brick structure that preceded it — which in 1926 became the first residence in Houston to sport central air conditioning — the new townhouses will each have air conditioning as well.
Lovett Blvd. may have been a nice name for a street and all, but Croix didn’t love it too much (or “Avondale”), apparently: The new development establishes its wannabe bona fides by taking half of its name from Courtlandt Place, the street and historic district that begins on the other side of the can’t-get-through-it wrought iron fence along Taft St., across the street from the property. No bother: Courtlandt Manor will be an “exclusive gated community” too, its new advertising banners proudly announce.
- Courtlandt Manor [Croix Custom Homes]
- Previously on Swamplot: After Lovett Blvd. Demo, Bulletin Board at Vacant Bullock–City Federation Mansion Site Asks for Comments; Demolition of Houston’s First Central-AC Mansion Kept Going, Long into the Night, Shipshape Bullock-City Federation Mansion on Lovett Blvd. Is Being Torn Down for Townhomes Now, New Owners Tearing Down First Houston Home Ever To Have Central Air Conditioning, Putting in Most Recent Homes Ever To Have Central Air Conditioning
Renderings: Croix Custom Homes. Photos: Swamplot inbox