Your Nominations for Best Teardown of the Year

Yesterday we introduced the first 2 nominating categories in the first-ever Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate. Nominations will remain open until the crack of dawn next Monday for both awards: Favorite Houston Design Cliché and Best Project Cancellation or Delay.

Today, we have 3 more award categories to introduce. The first of these? Best Teardown of 2008. What property would you nominate for this singular honor — and why?

Sure, a teardown has its raw, physical aspects, but there are emotional, historical, cultural, artistic, sonic, and ecological angles to mull over too. Your well-considered and well-argued nominations for this coveted award belong in the comments section below or in a private message sent to Swamplot HQ. For a more complete description of the nominating process, see these instructions.

You’ve been waiting for this category . . . let ’em rip!

4 Comment

  • Nomination:

    1 Waverly Court. Dramatic mid-90s Glassman Shoemake Maldonado addition and remodel to an existing modern house. A Bissonnet landmark with its “wildly expressionist zinc-faced stair tower;” pictured in the late-90s edition of Houston Architecture Guide. Now a vacant lot; has been for about a year.

  • Nomination:

    The Cohen House on Moonlight Drive. Spectacular and visionary, it fell victim to an unscrupulous tenant and no doubt became an embarrassment to its mega-millionaire owner. Sat vacant and vandalized for months, finally sold to a builder. Structure and slab were so solid they resisted normal teardown efforts. Now the builder is trying to sell the empty lot.

  • My nomination for the best teardown would be Town and Country Mall. The developer tore down that mall to create CityCentre, the new mix-use developement will breathe life into a stagnant piece of land near Beltway 8 and the Katy Freeway with new restaurants and cafes, class A business buildings, a gym, apartments and townhomes.

  • Best teardown: the demolition of a city block on Bolsover, including an architecturally significant structure, to make way for the now cancelled Sonoma project.