What’s Next for the Empty LULAC Clubhouse Marooned on a Bagby St. Traffic Island?

Last week, new chain link fencing cropped up around the former League of United Latin American Citizens Council 60 Clubhouse building at 3004 Bagby St., according to a Swamplot tipster, who sends these photos showing what the 2-story stucco structure looks like ringed by the new barriers. The building made news at the beginning of last year when the nonprofit working to preserve it received a $140,000 grant from American Express for planned restoration work, as well as a “National Treasure” designation from the D.C.-based National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since then, however, the fencing has been the only major sign of change at the triangular property, which housed LULAC’s de facto national headquarters for decades after the Latino civil rights group purchased and moved into it in 1955.

Photos: Swamplot inbox

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8 Comment

  • Something is happening… last week, or two ago I saw the doors open, people were inside and two people outside. To me it appeared like a project manager and a consultant going over plans. But what do I know? Nothing.

  • ….hopefully a wrecking ball

  • wow @ city cinic- . Let’s see how eager you are when the wrecking ball(s) demolish your history.You’re a tosser!! LULAC did so much from that building , ehich possibly indirectly IMPROVED your life. How ungrateful…

  • No, hopefully the fence means securing the property during renovation.
    It is an historic property.
    And it needs a lot of help ASAP.

  • LULAC was against the Glenbrook Valley Historic District, so I assume they’ll want this mowed down too. Call the bulldozer and get it over with.

  • @City Cynic, i share your sentiment. It is impossible to restore this building into something useful. Look across the street at Sterling house. They spent a ton of money and restored this nice old building, and now look at it, closed down within 2 years.

  • You know what would look nice there? A nice island of half-dozen town homes facing each other.

  • There is a good story out there on the unintended consequences of the historic preservation ordinance. Several in Audubon Place aren’t worth fixing, but can’t be torn down. So they sit abandoned waiting for the next squatter to break out another window and start camping.