New Owners Tearing Down First Houston Home Ever To Have Central Air Conditioning, Putting in Most Recent Homes Ever To Have Central Air Conditioning

Bullock Mansion, 411 Lovett Blvd. at Taft St., Avondale, Montrose, Houston

Bullock Mansion, 411 Lovett Blvd. at Taft St., Avondale, Montrose, HoustonReaders are reporting to Swamplot that the end appears nigh for the 1906 Bullock-City Federation Mansion at 411 Lovett Blvd. in Montrose. Salvage and demolition crews have been at work there for much of the week, removing wood floors and gutting other pieces from the fancy interior. Portions of the garden (see photo at left) have been torn up to disconnect sewer lines. The new owners have reportedly said they have plans to build townhomes on the site once the existing building is demolished.

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Bullock Mansion, 411 Lovett Blvd. at Taft St., Avondale, Montrose, Houston

Proudly touted as the first Houston home ever to be graced with central air conditioning (installed in 1926), the 8,000-sq.-ft. brick structure at the corner of Lovett and Taft St. had been fully restored and converted into office space in 2005, and later occupied by software development firm Idera. Decorative iron grates in the ceiling (with chandeliers hung from their centers) masking the AC vents were still left intact at that time. Earlier, it had served as the home of the City Federation of Women’s Clubs, and rented out frequently for wedding receptions and social events. The property sits on three-quarters of an acre next to the offices of radio station KPFT.

Bullock Mansion, 411 Lovett Blvd. at Taft St., Avondale, Montrose, Houston

Photos: Wiley David Hodges (top); Swamplot inbox (all others)

Restored 2005, Demolished 2014

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  • That hurts, beautiful home.

  • Wincing hard. Too bad this isn’t in the Avondale Historic District. :( Sadness.

  • What a waste of a beautiful home. I just don’t understand the impulse behind tearing it down. It’s a shame.

  • Very sad. What a shame.

  • I used to live on Lovett. That house will be missed.

    At least the street with get more of what it needs – cranky town home owners who move in behind bars and then get pissed that there’s music and foot traffic! Not sure why they live in Montrose, a block off Westheimer, and then complain about having to deal with nightlife.

  • or in Audubon Place Historic District. It is pretty much surrounded by history.

  • It hurts to see such a beautiful home torn down for mere townhomes that will be forgettable upon first sight.

  • For townhomes? Ugh. Only in Houston.

  • Houstonians are pretty vile and disgusting when it comes to preservation. This tear down being an great example. Our city will never have a history or any true soul since all it ever wants to do is mimic an engorged suburb.

  • Yikes! That one make me sick! Couldn’t a restaurant go in there or a museum or something? Geez.

  • I’m sorry to see it go. Our wedding reception was held there, and it was a beautiful place.

  • Thoroughly disgusting developers would tear down a recently restored almost 100 year old home…to what? Put up crappy town homes! Sad to lose the quality, craftsmanship and another piece of Houston history.

  • Townhouses? I live in a townhouse and am dismayed that such a beautiful and historic would be bulldozed to be replaced by townhouses. I know people are out there to make a buck, but this is just sad.

  • Pretty average suburban home from the 20′s. Why do swampploters hate affordable housing in prime locations?

  • What a disgrace. I hope the new owners loos their shirts in this deal. They will probably build more condos that look like S— and begin to fall apart as soon as they sre built. People love the Montrose for its elegance and beauty and what do .developers do, they come in and destroy it

  • totally disgusted by this.

  • the minute I heard the manager at KPFT mention it on air I called him to inquire.. Then went over to take the photos and send to Swamplot.. What surprises me is that no one had said or done anything prior when it did go on the market. i.e. contact the historic preservation groups and surrounding civic groups. However unless the community rallies TOGETHER to sign a form requesting to allocate the neighborhood a historic area then nothing can be prevented. I was told second hand that the buyers stated to the owner they would not tear it down but then again that is second hand info. One friend visiting who used to live here stated Houston is on steroids..The crap being built now will not withstand time like these good bone houses nor do they carry the character these impressive homes did.

  • Ugh!! FUCKING HOUSTON!!!–must you tear down every fucking thing–so typical of this city –total bullshit

  • Oh my god. This beautiful and historic house for freakin’ townhomes? This should be a crime.

  • This is really sad. People just care about making money when they build condos.

  • I’ll miss this house too (live very close and walk by often) but fact is it was on the market, available for anyone to buy. Somone could have bought it to live in or make sure it didn’t get knocked down. If no one wanted more than a developer then that shows what it’s really worth to the community.

  • Meanwhile, intense efforts are being made to save worthless crackhouses in the Heights and in the other “Historical Districts” in Houston. This beautiful home epitomizes the impulse most of us have to save worthwhile structures. Why can’t we have a case by case historical preservation movement in this city that saves houses and other structures worth saving rather than carving out random neighborhoods to designate as hands off, willy nilly, based on the whims of a few cranky homeowners?

  • This is awful. What a beautiful home! I am sick and tired of town houses and these “live/work” monstrosities with businesses downstairs and apartments upstairs going in where historic and unique homes used to be. Houston needs to start preserving its historical and unique architecture.

  • Is it too much to wish for that someone (Preservation Houston?) actually start buying properties and putting them in an historic preservation land trust? They could lease the properties back to people who would live or work there; maybe give cut rate leases to worthy non-profits. It would really help save these properties both from the wrecking ball and the possibility of neglect.
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    In general we Houstonians need to be more proactive in directing growth away from important, historic buildings like the Bullock-City Federation Mansion. Houston is a huge, sprawling city. There is plenty of room for growth without erasing our history and ruining our neighborhoods. But we’ll never get this if we keep waiting until bad development happens, and then trying in vain to stop it, or just saying “oh that’s too bad, it was a nice building.”

  • Lame city!

  • Don’t blame the townhome developers, blame the lack of historical preservation rules. The townhome developers are in business to make money just like you are (presumably), and the sellers want the highest price possible. Proof of that is the fact that they sold their property to a townhome developer. It’s painful and sad to see a building like this erased from the landscape, but it is the inevitable future without more rules against it. That’s Houston – either embrace it, work to change it, or complain a lot.

  • Can’t seem to get past the headline. It makes no sense to me.

  • Typical of houston to not preserve history. This city is super at destroying itself in the name of progress.

  • LOLZ… Sip of 30 year old scotch… LOLZ again.

  • Jesus Tapdancing Christ.

    Who are the new owners?

  • Is anybody trying to get a TRO? This being Houston there probably is little that can be done in 30 days, but it may be worth a try–It’s fucking 2014 and we still have asshole developers who come in and tear down a gorgeous historical home to make a quick buck on some shitty townhomes. I’ve never lived in a city with such disdain for its history –it’s nice to save a few old shacks in the First Ward, but when you allow the last of the old mansions on historic Lovett to be leveled without a care, really what difference does it make. This house was a real show stopper when it was built and still is a great beauty, it’s one the reasons Lovett was such a showplace. I always appreciated how Lovett was tucked into the neighborhood–this is such a disgrace–Houston should feel shame–hell they mayor lives in the area doesn’t she give a shit–come on Annise!!

  • Houston, being the whore that it is.

  • The plants are more overgrown than in the first photo making some of the demo prep, window and plant removal easy to hide.
    infinite_jim: It’s a very large house (see in relation to the truck in the last photo).
    Melissa Noble: Are those your photos?

  • I can literally count at least 5-6 giant vacant lots bigger than this one within a few blocks in any direction of this. Head a few blocks east to midtown and you have a ton of semi-used warehouses. Can we please make all of that crap look nice first before tearing down the already nice stuff?

  • Is this a joke? I cannot fathom that anyone would tear this down. Just proves once again that we need historical protection since people can’t be trusted to make decisions based on anything but their pocketbook.

  • Shannon: As I said, I’d like to see this place saved, but how you can legislate that? I’m sure the sellers got a few interested parties. Someone that wanted to blow it up was willing to pay more than someone wanting to keep it and live in it. That means, if you outlaw knocking it down, that means you are taking money right out of the pocket of the homeowner.
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    It’s not fair, IMO, to make the home owner pay $$$ (in lower sales price) because someone else wants to keep their property in tact.
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    Again, I’d like to see these properties be saved. I’d just like to figure out a way to do it where the homeowner doesn’t foot the bill.
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    And sadly, if a dev wanted it more than a home buyer, that suggests to me that the market (public) wants the developers product more than that house staying around. If there were no market for what they’re building, then it would hold more value to a home buyer and that’s who would have bought it.

  • @infinite_jim, I don’t know what development or real estate company you work for, but you don’t really expect the readers on Swamplot to be that dumb, do you? Seriously. Or perhaps you just have no sense of reality and don’t know that poor people exist. Hell, you don’t know that the middle class exists, for that matter. No, $800,000-$1,000,000 is hardly affordable to most people. That’s just the first page of HAR for the Montrose area–not the average, however. But, I’m making a point here.

    According to Trulia, the average sale price for a home in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg from Nov 13 to Feb 14 is $682,227. Compare that number to Houston’s Montrose median sale price of $636,851. Now, measure what you call prime real estate, and you get a mere 7.12% increase in cost from Montrose to Williamsburg. According to Bankrate, the percent increase to maintain standard of living to move from Houston to NYC is 77.48%!

    And you act is if the Montrose market isn’t going to inflate anymore. You know it will. And because it will, affordable living will be just a dream for not only owner-hopefuls, but to renters like myself.

    Good try, though.

  • I hope the new owners contact Historic Houston to deconstruct the house to reclaim the building materials! A significant charitable gift for the donation of the materials could be available to the owner for what they would otherwise be sending to the landfill!!
    Call Historic Houston at 713-522-0542.

  • Too bad the owners did not contact Historic Houston to deconstruct the house to reclaim the building materials. There could be a significant charitable gift of the building materials from this house for the owners rather than just sending TONS OF DEMOLITION DEBRIS to a landfill. Deconstruction should be the only sustainable alternative if a house actually has to be demolished. This is so sad on so many levels!

  • But see, the thing is, the same historic district designations that protect the “worthless crackhouses in the Heights” for are the same designations that could be protecting homes like this if the property owners or “a few cranky homeowners” had sought those designations. Of course it’s a shame that this beautiful home is being torn down, but does it make sense to complain about losing a building like this and simultaneously ridicule concerned property owners in other neighborhoods who are doing what they can to save their areas’ histories?

  • HistoricHouston: Someone removed the floorboards from both houses and are still slowly removing windows, just not sure who. Happy some of it can be saved, yet after being restored it seems so terrible.

  • Damn.

  • Sad, very sad. Those who eventually move-in should be shunned.

  • @vwgto: what would be accomplished by shunning the people who move in? No, I think we should keep a very close eye on the developers. They could have chosen a less historical site and made money building townhomes on it. Nobody would begrudge them for that. They chose 411 Lovett instead. As I said before, I wish there were a land trust that would jump in and buy historic properties out from from in front of the wrecking ball. I’ll bet such a land trust would find itself constantly buying properties out from under the same handful of developers.
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    @Bill Burge: I DO blame the developers. Houston covers 600 square miles. We have plenty of land to develop, and make money on – without bulldozing historically significant buildings. I can drive around town and point to site after site that’s not historic, but is underutilized and in a prime location for residential or other new development.

  • Cody, you have Preservation Codes so that very deep pocketed developers can’t come in and buy up historical blocks and rip them all down for tightly stacked townhomes etc—let’s say a developer really wants this 3 acres a grand historic mansion sits on and he wants to build an 8 story midrise–he’s going to willing to outbid anyone who wants it as a home–let’s say its value is 5 million–well, a person who really wants it may be willing to go as high as 7 but really can’t go much over because they have to get a loan and they don’t want to lose tons of money on the resale, the developer on the other hand stands to reap millions from the condo sales so he’s willing to go 12-13 if he has to –that’s supple and demand and I get it, but some things are worth saving in a historic context and this house is a great example, it should be saved from the market forced aligned against it thru strong Preservation Codes–this house was worth saving, it was vital to historic aesthetic of the area–historic Montrose is dying, the entire reason people love the area is being plowed under by out of control developers, this house is a prime example and I’m sure others will follow –it’s one of the main reasons why Houston gets an eye roll when you say you live here–

  • Rather than demonize the developer (and, yes, it is sad that this beauty will go by the way of the wrecking ball), why not cast your aspersions at the area property owners who apparently chose not to resurrect or enact deed restrictions that would have kept the neighborhood as single family or whatever it is the you in the know would see fit? It is rather interesting that River Oaks, Southampton, North/South Blvd property owners have not petitioned to become Historical districts. Could it be that they do not want to be told what they can do with their property? And I must agree with some other posters that it seems stupid to protect a random block in Independence Heights of undistinguished frame homes much less most of the mid century bland brick tract homes of Glenbrook Valley. If anyone has ever watched the Historical commission gnash their teeth about some applicant wanting to replace their aluminum frame windows in Glenbrook Valley or God Forbid, put Hardie Plank on their Heights Sears special, you would know that everything in this City seems ass backward.

  • We can whine now, but this house’s eventual fate has been staring at it from across Lovett for quite some time. It is a natural extension of the row of mansions in Courtland Place, but unfortunately does not enjoy the same protections. Shame on all of those who exert any amount of influence on protecting the beautiful buildings and streetscapes of our old neighborhoods.

  • “If anyone has ever watched the Historical commission gnash their teeth about some applicant wanting to replace their aluminum frame windows in Glenbrook Valley or God Forbid, put Hardie Plank on their Heights Sears special, you would know that everything in this City seems ass backward….”

    We have watched the Hysterical and Planning Commission on the community access channel a couple times, and the people on the commission are full-on retards. Where do they come from/who picks em?? They act like a bunch of Nazis and they treat the citizen commoners who appear before them like turd crumbs.

    But it is great viewing on bong night.

  • Shannon: good point, but using your own example, you just cost owner of that mansion several MILLIONS of dollars by forcing him to only sell to another home owner vs developer. That doesn’t seem fair. While you (and I) want to see this historic mansion (in your example) saved, your asking the current owner to foot the ($$$$$) bill to do so.
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    That’s why I was thinking there has to be a better way. And absent a better way I lean towards letting the market decide what’s best vs the government.

  • River Oaks has some of the strongest deed restrictions in the nation–you can’t even put a for sale sign in your front yard!–trash cans cannot be put out on the street, they are picked up behind your home–all these old money neighborhoods have their own ways of controlling what’s demolished, though like Arnold tearing down the mansion Dogwoods on Lazy Lane for some shitty looking moderne Noah’s Ark of a house, this isn’t fool proof

  • That’s just sad, something like this is really worth preserving, especially compared to some of the crap in Sixth Ward. I think it’s also symptomatic of the fact that Houston is a city made up of transplants, and therefore we don’t care as much about our city’s past. Trust me, if this home was being demo’ed in Atlanta, or Charlotte, or Memphis, it would be all over the tv news, people would be protesting, and there’d be a general uproar about it. But this is Houston, and it will just go quietly in the night…

  • The interior photos on trulia (from elnina) are a bit disappointing. I am glad there was a shot of the ceiling medallion that also was the A/C vent.

    All the comments of outrage are too little too late. I would doubt that either the seller or the purchasing developer really gives a damn what anyone thinks.

  • Cody: the Maine Farmland Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of Famrland in Maine, has a way around that issue.
    http://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/program-areas/buyprotectsell/
    That’s actually where I got the Buy/Protect/Sell idea. They buy land at it’s full asking price – it doesn’t cost the sellers a thing. They put protections on the land, and then sell for the reduced price. They can do it because they are a nonprofit, using donations to further the cause of preserving farmland; not a developer who has a fiduciary obligation to make money on the deal. There’s no reason a similar trust couldn’t be set up here in Houston for the preservation of what few historic buildings we have left. (There’s also no reason a rich neighborhood like River Oaks couldn’t set up its own, separate B/P/S program to extend deed restrictions out past the borders of their neighborhood.)

  • Disappointing, but in no way do we need more gov’t regulations. The nice thing about many parts of inner Houston is that the market rules. Property is put to its best use as determined by the market, not some preservationists that live outside the loop with no skin in the game.

  • Cody, then they shouldn’t buy in a restricted neighborhood. It’s like saying someone buying a grand old house on St Charles in NOLA will lose money because NOLA won’t let them tear it down for a La Quinta–too bad, those houses are held in trust–nobody visited the Garden Distict to see townhomes and budget motels –Houston really sucks

  • Karma–you’re right and that’s the fucking problem with this fucking city

  • How can you be Houston Proud and say, well the market rules so if the means tearing down all the historic buildings and repurposing the parks to developers so be it, let’s just let them plow the city under I mean it’s survival of the fittest and well if the zoo land is more lucrative as a private prison than so be it—what a nutty dystopian attitude –thank The Lord that your view is the minority –hopefully this house didn’t die in vain and it will galvanize the community –I’m happy to see that the vast majority of the commenters on this thread are as angry and revolted as I am about this act of desecration.

  • this house went for around $13 mil..with prop taxes almost $40,000..this is not in a designated historic district that would prevent it being torn down..The only way that could happen is if the immediate community were to sign a form requesting..ANd even that takes time…The ALliance France would have loved to been able to purchase it but it was too out of their league.. I understand three other houses were purchased I presume behind the property? The developers also approached KPFT and Alliance France..KPFT DOES need a better building and if something could be presented in exchange for a facility that would be a step up they might seriously consider relocating. If when in the absolute moment they had been approached seems the news dept might could have made a story and interviewed neighbors , architectural historians and preservation group, a civic group director and even the mayor who happens to live in a historic home on Westmorland a few blocks away..however they disappointedly did not. It was not until I heard on Fri. morn on KPFT this was happening that I went over to take photos, talked to KPFT management and Alliance director, went home and called Swamplot & Lisa Gray ( Chron) via email with photos. Thanks for getting on it and all the responses. Houston is on steroids.

  • $1,3—–mill

  • @Shannon, the opposite is true despite what the posts here would suggest, out there in the real world, nobody gives a rat’s ass about preservation. There’s no logical argument that can be made for preservation (only a hysterical emotional one) and certainly not a financial one.

  • You’re completely wrong as usual, people do support Preservation, Houston has been slower than most because of the entrepreneurial spirit of the city, the fact the city isn’t very old, the transient population, the fact that in zone less Houston many of the affluent neighborhoods already have strong deed restrictions, and the lack of city codes in place. Preservationists have had to start from square one. The developers try to derail preservation by blathering on about how the city doesn’t care about preservation and how it’s a California thang (ah poor Cali, always the Tea Party Boogieman)–they’re fooling nobody. Look at the cities ranked the best places to live–all have strong Preservation movements and appreciate their history. Preservation doesn’t mean no growth, just intelligent, well thought out growth, that respects the past, while it looks to the future. You really wonder about people who care nothing about preserving the past and show disdain at any effort to preserve history –who were their teachers? their parents?–where is their respect for the past?–

  • Oh and thanks Melissa for your efforts, you rock!

  • @Commonsense: there’s no financial gain in rescuing stray animals, or feeding orphans in third world countries, either. But non-profits are set up with the express goal of doing these things. The same logic should apply to rescuing historic buildings.
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    It’s not a new idea. Madame DeMenil bought up significant portions of Montrose to ensure that her Museum would not be overshadowed and robbed of its light by tall neighbors. But it does seem to be an idea that people have abandoned in favor of throwing insults and lawsuits at each other.

  • What an absolute shame. This pisses me off, especially since they’re tearing it down for ugly townhomes that will look like everything elsebeing built inside the loop.

  • Madame De Menil had her Schumberger billions–and she is alas in Elysium. I of course get your point, you’re correct of course–maybe we can get the philanthropic Arnold’s to buy up some land and but your ideas to the test in Houston–oh wait they tore down the gorgeous Birdsall Briscoe masterpiece Dogwoods and built a wooden replica of the Titanic in it’s place–never mind–hmmm maybe Richard Kinder?

  • You lost him at “non profit” ZAW, he quit reading and then drove his Mercedes over his lawn jockey.

  • Oh yay make way for more stucco townhome douche baggery. Just what we need..

  • Besides developers like this, I can think of a few other examples of people where money overrides morality: mafia members and prostitutes. Most of the rest of us hold other things to be more important.
    That said, the ultimate culprits are the people who will purchase the beige boxes that are built here.

  • New construction now officially SUCKS!!! Most developers/builders are greedy scum!!!

  • That’s a crying shame. Any other city in America would have enough foresight and pride to protect such beautiful buildings. Shame on you Houston.

  • Boo, no more townhomesor affordable homes in the inner loop. So sick and tired of all these young hard-working couples trying to move into this area and ruin it for all us older wealthy residents that could afford to buy here after the last residing population was forced out. We gentrified this area fair and square and it rightfully belongs to us now. Everyone needs to rise up and let these developers know we’re sicck and tired of seeing these working class homes being built in the montrose.

  • @commonsense, your dead wrong as usual, stating”There’s no logical argument that can be made for preservation (only a hysterical emotional one) and certainly not a financial one”
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    That’s one of the most ignorant and ill-informed statements posted recently. Ask New Orleans if there is no financial argument for the preservation of the Garden District, and the buildings of Bourbon St. Ask Savannah, Charleston, NYC, SFO, Rome, Paris, Venice, Athens, Washington DC, Boston, etc., etc. $Billions are spent yearly by tourists and others to visit the historic and “preserved” neighborhoods, and buildings of all of those cities and many more.
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    To suggest otherwise is, as mentioned, ignorant.
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    Houston keeps shipping economic opportunity to the landfill unnecessarily, because as many have noted we have thousands of building sites available for shiny new construction in every area of the city, making the constant and relentless destruction of significant historic properties just plain dumb. Obviously, too many Houston developers and property owners are too clueless to comprehend how to make a buck preserving historic properties like developers have been doing all over the globe for a thousand years. I’m guessing by your comments that you fall in that camp.

  • The preservation mafia is too much for me most of the time, but this is a case that is truly said. I wish people of Houston would have put their mouths toward saving something against tthis rather than the countless pieces of trash we see complaints about. How did Swampplot not catch this listing?

  • JT, Over 100 homes in River Oaks are historic landmarks, designated by the property owners. Broadacres and Boulevard Oaks (the esplanade blocks of North and South) are both city historic districts.

  • @jon. Oh please, Houston never had anything coherent compared to those cities, that’s just a result of our city’s history, and to compare them is ridiculous. We never had anything worth preserving and certainly don’t have anything now worth preserving. All current historical preservation movements are merely a disguise for a few schmucks who can’t afford the raising property taxes due to progress and come up with cocamame reasons to preserve rundown crackhouses.
    A few randomly placed houses around the city with “some” historical interest certainly do not attract any sort of tourism.
    Additionally, any home of new construction in those neighborhoods you mentioned would be worth substantially more than the current stock, hence the property values are artificially suppressed (expensive but not what it could truly be worth).

  • How do they sleep at night.

  • It’s called capitalism, if you don’t want them to tear it down, then buy it from them and keep it yourself.

  • Houston has nothing worth saving? seriously, that’s your argument as you sip your mint julip in the staid Memorial Villages—the historic structures on the Rice Campus aren’t worth saving? the Menil isn’t worth saving? Transco isn’t worth saving? the galleria? Do you like anything about Houston? Do you stay here to laugh while our history is obliterated? You obviously hate the city and have complete disdain for the place, if you’re just here to make money, couldn’t you do it elsewhere–seriously, I’m curious why you stay?—I stay because I love Houston for all its flaws and I want to work to try to make the city better, to make it care about its history, make the city respect itself–Houston deserves respect, its history deserves respect –I believe the vast majority of Houstonians feel this way.

  • The seller also owns 802 Lovett, an even grander home, on the same size lot, so the preservationists might be well advised to write off 411 Lovett and instead focus their energies down the street.

  • THIS, and people like “commonsense” is the reason Houston will remain forever a third tier city. You cannot have, nor appreciate nice things.

  • MH–good to know, thx

  • If there is anything that could be considered positive about this, maybe it’s that this is the shark jump for tearing down houses that are not by any stretch of the imagination “teardowns” to build ugly Montrosities. It’s a hope anyway.

  • @Shannon, you’re not helping your position by wanting to save some dorms, a value engineered storage shed for grandma’s painting, a run of the mill highrise (one of many in Houston) and out of all things a MALL. If you’re saying a mall in Houston is the only thing worth saving, you’ve made MY point.

  • Well, as my usually drunk or hungover Montrose neighbor hotly explained to me years ago – “My property… I’ll do what I want with it!” Words to live by… Unless, like him, you’re already dead of your own foolish behavior(s). As for those still living… take this tear down as a wake up call. If you want things to happen differently in the future, get busy piling up money now to do something about it – when you get the chance to save the world yet again.

  • Seeing this makes me absolutely SICK and DISGUSTED…what the hell is wrong with Houston??? I drive by this AMAZING home everyday…I CANNOT believe they are tearing it down…there are no words.

    We live on Hawthorne Street in a 110 year old historic Victorian. I spend half of my time in San Francisco, CA where they try to preserve historic homes and neighborhoods.. Houstonians stand up in ARMS and stop this insanity…you are absolutely DESTROYING history and the very neighborhoods that define Houston’s history!!! SHAME on you GREEDY Developers and you’re DISPICABLE end to develop every square inch of downtown with townhomes.

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  • So tired of this. So very tired. A beautiful home on a gorgeous street. Does not make sense.

  • I installed Crown Molding in this house over 25 years ago. I and a friend have had a ghost connection with it all these years. I have written a story about it and I have kept writing about it for many many years. If you want to read my story then go to: http://dreamcraft.us Just look up Dreamcraft us webpage. I am so sad to see and hear about this. Now I have to tell the sad story to my friend.

    Read this story: http://dreamcraft.us/Ghost.html

    Now our ghost will still be there and she will be extremely upset. I am so so mad to hear this. The real owners down on the same street have a great big old house, they should have torn that one down. My email address is: dreamcraft@juno.com ( Wiley D Hodges ) also on facebook.