Late yesterday a reader wrote in expressing concern about the “very cool, worth saving, worth redoing in an intelligent way” 4-plex at 4311 Bettis Dr., just northeast of the stalled-out High Street project on Westheimer. The Bettis Apartments were designed by Robert Wilson in 1955, and are listed as “Most Endangered Moderns” on the Houston Mod website.
A few hours later, 3 properties with the address of 4211 Bettis showed up as demos in the city permit report. You can see them in this morning’s Daily Demolition Report below. The properties are described as the San Felipe Court Apartments . . . didn’t those go down some time ago?
4211 Bettis and 4311 Bettis must be different properties, right? Except HCAD has no entry for a 4211 Bettis. And 4311 Bettis is listed in the rolls as part of the “Trilogy on Bettis Street.”
Swamplot’s tipster provides this tip sheet about the apartments:
Skylights (in one of the bathrooms even so you could apply your make-up by natural light if desired, plus it provided light in an otherwise windowless room)
Brick walls in at least 2 units
Had original aluminum Levolor mini-blinds . . .
Extensive use of sliding glass doors/walls (one unit fronted onto Bettis w/ all glass, another unit was L-shaped with the interior L all glass looking onto a brick-walled courtyard with a very large spreading shade tree in it)
2 private courtyards and 1 shared
Exterior light fixtures had been brought back from South America by the architect. Sadly, those were mostly broken over the years and some were replaced . . .
There was a development sign with a “sale pending” sign on the property . . . maybe attention on Swamplot will inspire someone to buy this property if it becomes available again and rescue a lovely bit of design (which incidentally, is not at all my favorite period, but this place is absolutely great).
- Bettis Apartments [Houston Mod]
- High Street: Left High and Dry [Swamplot]
- Daily Demolition Report: Home on Home [Swamplot]
- Daily Demolition Report: Everything Must Go [Swamplot]
- Daily Demolition Report: Apartments Depart [Swamplot]
Photo: Jason Smith