Demo Equipment Is Now Waiting Patiently Outside the House of Deréon Media Center in Midtown

It appears that what’s left of Mathew Knowles’s Music World Entertainment compound in Midtown is Destiny’s Child now. “Ever since I read that Advantage BMW bought the block,” writes the reader who snapped this photo of the excavator now parked next to the House of Deréon Media Center at 2204 Crawford St., “I have been expecting something to come down.”

The pictured building, designated the “Home of Destiny’s Child” — later an event and wedding venue operated by Knowles, the group’s former manager — sits on the 1.43-acre block bounded by Crawford, Webster, LaBranch, and Hadley that Knowles sold to the corporate owners of the neighboring Midtown Advantage BMW dealership late last year, after (as he later told Nancy Sarnoff) “someone knocked on my door and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.

Also on the block: the Music World Studios building, where (among others) Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Mario, and Chris Brown recorded — as well as Knowles’s daughters, Beyoncé and Solange. And at 1515 Hadley St., next door to the House of Deréon Media Center, is the 3-story former Rice Mansion, which Knowles had made his company’s headquarters:

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Photos: Jordan (excavator) Music World Entertainment/DNG Digital Media Group (Rice Mansion)

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  • Maybe they will get on it just as soon as the demo of Exxon’s 4500 Dacoma office tower is done. Shouldn’t be too long now as they have a good start.

  • That Rice Mansion building looks cool. Wonder if it’ll be torn down too.

    Who owns the two vacant blocks surrounded by Austin, Webster, Crawford, & Gray? Because that’s what’s between the House of Deréon Media Center and Advantage BMW.