A few neighbors actually picketed this home on the corner of Decatur and Silver streets for months after it was built. In 2001 Cite magazine labeled it “probably the most scrutinized — and criticized — private home in recent Houston history.” What was all the fuss about? It was a brand-new home built on a long-vacant lot around the turn of this century in a recently designated historic district: the Old Sixth Ward.
The protest signs have been down for years, but a for-sale sign went up in the yard last fall. After a failed closing, the house came back on the market this summer. Then a second buyer couldn’t come up with financing. The sellers cut the asking price $20K, to $539,999, just last week.
The 3 bedroom, 2 full- and 2 half-bath house was designed and constructed by Houston’s MC² Architects. A picketer-free photo tour is below:
The 5,000-sq.-ft. lot also includes a small retail space that faces Silver St. Designed to house an optometry office, it was later converted into a photo studio:
- 1904 Decatur St. [HAR]
- The Studio [Silver Street Studio]
- Lopez-Harden Residence [MC² Architects]
- Past Imperfect: Can Modern Design and Historic Preservation Mix? (PDF) [Cite]
- The Fall of the Houses [Houston Chronicle]
Bottom photo: Candace Garcia