Here’s the third of 4 houses designed by not-so-famous Houston architect Allen R. Williams in the 1940s and fifties, dubbed “Century Built” homes. If the name was intended to indicate how long the concrete-block homes were all supposed to last, the record isn’t so stellar: The one off Campbell Rd. was torn down some time ago. But the others are doing fine: One in Idylwood was snatched up by an architect a few years ago, and another in Country Club Place has served as a showcase for the renovation work of its current owner, architect Ben Koush.
But this unrenovated Century Built home at 851 W. 43rd St., in the middle of Garden Oaks, didn’t last so long, either: Real estate agent Robert Searcy tells Swamplot he had it locked up in a contract very quickly earlier this week, after he made a few phone calls. Not to a builder — the sellers didn’t want the place to be torn down — but reportedly to a serial renovator interested in Midcentury modern design.
The home, which was listed at $225K, was built in 1942. Its walls are made of hollow lightweight concrete tiles, the slabs have grade beams and piers, the windows are metal, and the roofs are concrete panels insulated with Fiberglas boards. Electrical wiring runs through the walls, in conduit. It’s got 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in a 1,482-sq.-ft. floor plan. There’s a big lot around it, too — measuring 12,084 sq. ft.
Why no pix of the interiors? There’s a bit of work to do. “These outside shots are bad enough,” Searcy says.