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What was the Best Teardown of 2008? That’s the third category in the Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate. The official nominees are in the (soon-to-be-demolished) house!
The official voting rules are posted here, but they’re not that complicated: Add your vote in the comments, or more privately in an email to Swamplot. You can even start a campaign in support of your favorite candidate, if you like. All winners will be announced after December 28th, when the polls close for all categories.
The nominees for Best Teardown of 2008 are . . .
1. 647 Arlington St., Houston Heights. “Recently renovated two-story 1910 Victorian with double front porch is torn down to make way for new three-story Victorian with double front porch and popup dormers. It’s the story of the Heights in a nutshell.”
2. The Carousel House, Meyerland. “Spectacular and visionary, it fell victim to an unscrupulous tenant and no doubt became an embarrassment to its mega-millionaire owner. Sat vacant and vandalized for months, finally sold to a builder. Structure and slab were so solid they resisted normal teardown efforts. Now the builder is trying to sell the empty lot.”
3. 1 Waverly Ct., Museum District. “Dramatic mid-90s Glassman Shoemake Maldonado addition and remodel to an existing modern house. A Bissonnet landmark with its ‘wildly expressionist zinc-faced stair tower;’ pictured in the late-90s edition of Houston Architecture Guide. Now a vacant lot; has been for about a year.” And that lot’s for sale!
4. 2205 Bartlett St., Greenbriar. “Preemptive demolition saves a home from the certain ravages of Hurricane Ike. Or, alternate reading: Lonely oak, saddened by the recent loss of its beloved home companion, throws itself at the mercy of hurricane-force winds — and perishes. Either way, it’s a beautiful story.”
5. 2472 Bolsover St., Rice Village. “The demolition of a city block on Bolsover, including an architecturally significant structure, to make way for the now cancelled Sonoma project.” The demo actually took place last year, but the lot and closed street may stay vacant for some time.
6. Park Memorial Condos. “It hasn’t been knocked down yet, but doesn’t this place qualify as a teardown? And how many Houston teardowns do you know that had residents fighting — going to court, even — to be able to stay inside?”
Which one of these fine candidates for destruction deserves to end up the winner? Let us know with your vote!
Update: The winners have been announced!
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