Good news for those of you who enjoy the athletic side of demolition: At the moment, crews from Cherry Demolition are hard at work taking apart not just the Downtown Y, but this iconic vacant Y on Willia St. off Waugh Dr. as well, just north of Spotts Park. It’s the former Masterson Branch YWCA, designed by Houston’s own Taft Architects in a blaze of postmodern glory back in 1979, opened in 1982, but left to collect mold spores since its closing in 2005. The property was purchased a few years ago by the Greater Houston YMCA, with plans to open a new Wortham YMCA on that location.
Swamplot reader Jason Ezer was on the spot yesterday and captured these views of the formal decommissioning ceremonies:
- YWCA Masterson Branch [Taft Architects]
- YMCA of Greater Houston to purchase YWCA facility [Houston Business Journal]
- Early icons suffer the great collapse [Houston Chronicle]
- Previously on Swamplot: Daily Demolition Report: Y Willia
Photos: Jason Ezer (demo); Taft Architects (building)