Houston’s city council voted last week to allow the owner of the home pictured above at 1815 Cortlandt St. in the Houston Heights to move the 1942 bungalow to 1026 Lathrop St. in Denver Harbor. It was a notable decision, if only for the fact that the council was voting on a housemove at all. According to the attorney who presented the case for the homeowners, this was not just the first time that the council had overturned a decision from the city’s architectural and historical commission; it was the first time a historic-district appeal had even reached the city council.
The home had been moved once before, from 502 W. 20th St. in the Heights to its current location in the Houston Heights East historic district, in the 1970s.
Earlier this year, the historic commission had twice denied the request of a previous owner to demolish the structure. The current owner wanted to relocate it, but that proposal was denied too, and an appeal of that decision to the planning commission was rejected. After arguing for the homeowners in front of city council, attorney Timothy Kirwin says he “detailed how city staff, the HAHC and the Planning Commission had failed to apply the city’s own ordinances correctly.” The owner plans to donate the structure and build a new home on Cortlandt St.
Photo: Randle Law Office. Maps: HAHC