Daily Demolition Report: Tulane Highway

Easier to mow them down when they wait patiently in a row.



Photo of 1039 Tulane St.: HAR

12 Comment

  • Bereft of care and dignity in their old age, they take up too much space/land, they shelter vermin/cancer, and their bones have weakened. Rest in pieces, nothing reclaimed, forgotten.

  • How much would it have cost to repair the busting-out support on 1031 Tulane? I would be apprehensive about parking my car there, but then I don’t drive a box.

  • A pathetic sight that’s not so rare
    Heaps of garbage everywhere
    Lead, asbestos, junk hardware
    Neighbors are a true nightmare

  • Coming soon to Tulane: 6 two-story 25×60 houses for $500k each.

  • That’s a lot of ground; are they building a gated community, or some sort of hi-rise?

  • It seems a silliness to mourn
    The past’s detritus, junk like this –
    To think of years a house has seen,
    Compared to what its present is.

    Yet somehow I long to restore
    The leaning pillars, rotting wood,
    To shore beneath a sagging floor,
    To think that all that can be, could.

    It’s not to be, this will be razed,
    Built up again in fashion new,
    O Soul, someday your turn will come,
    To be rebuilt – plumb, level, true.

  • Commonsense, why do you hate the history of this city so much?

  • I do not hate Houston history, I hate people who pretend every old house HAS history. These homes were the tract homes of their time, so nothing special, they are currently functionally obsolete, and they are a hazard to the environment and health of the people who live in them (asbestos, lead, etc.) Keep one or two for posterity and mow the rest of them down to make way for natural city evolution, new construction jobs, increase in property values.

  • Coming soon to Tulane – 6 residents making a significant investment in a unique neighborhood mix.

    Leaving Tulane – 3 houses purchased for next to nothing, with even less invested in them in the recent past.

    I would have loved to see these 3 traditional heights style houses scoopped up, heavily renovated, and returned to former (and sometimes never before seen) glory — it would be preferable. BUT these houses went to market, stayed there for months, and WERE below dirt value…no takers.

  • I agree with commonsense on this one(rare!)

    As for repairing a column like that, a couple of thousand. But I do structural repairs in industrial facilities; not residential

  • I would take tract housing from the 1920’s any day of the week over new 3 story garaged Montrose condos.

  • Why do we champion this house?

    Because it’s ridge is still straight
    despite a lost column,
    And rafter-tails punctuate
    a steady decorum.

    Six columns of brick
    still happily work
    To take up the slack
    of the one that’s berserk.

    We’re charmed by its dated
    asbestos roof tiles,
    and the green-painted facia
    underlining its style.

    Shuttered dormers on axis,
    proudly facing the road,
    Though forlorn, they remind us:
    Everything grows old.

    And so we are torn
    about what to do.
    This picture is past;
    what’s next is “Just Do (it)”