The city of Houston granted a demolition permit yesterday to a company called Magnolia Services, allowing it to demolish the Pleasures Men’s Club, aka Pleasures Cabaret, off Highway 290 at 34th St. As aficionados of Houston history (as well as lurkers on the website of the shuttered strip club) will no doubt recall, Pleasures was the latest incarnation of Gigi’s Cabaret, where in 1991 the former Vickie Lynn Hogan, fresh off stints working at Walmart and Red Lobster, gave a fateful lap dance to her future husband, octogenarian oil (and breast) man J. Howard Marshall II. The rest, as they say, is history. As was Marshall, only 14 months after the wedding.
Smith died in 2007. The 5,211-sq.-ft. stucco feeder-road compound at 11150 Northwest Fwy. where she first shimmied her way to attention reached the apex of its international fame early last year: The Gigi’s meet-and-greet scene and the strip club’s vintage interior were featured on the London stage in Anna Nicole, an opera based on Smith’s tragic-fairy-tale life that premiered to rave reviews. And now, according to today’s demo report, the building is set to be torn down.
- Previously on Swamplot: Daily Demolition Report: The End of Pleasures, Miracle at 34th St. and 290: The London Opera Debut of Houston’s Pleasures Cabaret
Photos: Candace Garcia