The vacant 2-story building at 2107 Milam St. in Midtown, which long ago was home to a President Health Club — but is likely better remembered as a blank-faced, boarded-up building with a for-sale sign on its corner — is being smashed to bits this morning. A reader sends in this view of the scene at Milam and West Gray St. taken from the Metro HQ building at 1900 Main St. The 14,975-sq.-ft. soon-to-be empty lot is next door to Central Square Plaza (at left in the photo), which is currently undergoing renovations. County records show a company called Hobby Place LLC purchased the smaller property in April.
Photo: Swamplot inbox
They should take that excavator over to the Greyhound station and take care of that decrepit pile of stink as well..
A building we never noticed? That decrepit shell of a building was a mammoth eyesore that was hard to miss. Thank goodness it is going away.
I never saw a demo permit for it. Will it be imploded?
I believe that they are only demo-ing the small 2 story building, not the much larger building.
The large building on the left is not being demoed, it is being renovated. This article refers to the smaller building on the right.
This building was the first location of Richard Minns business known as “Presidents and First Lady Health Spa”which into the 1970’s was a growing empire. Minns sexcapades and crimes were later
documented in the Suzanne Finstad book “Sleeping With the Devil” which was made into a CBS
television movie. Minns is on the run, living in Canada and wanted for questioning by Houston Police
Dept for the hits he put out on his ex-girlfriend Barbra Pietrowski and her divorce attorney. Pietrowski
who was paralyzed in her shooting won a $28,000,000 judgement against Minns. His son is an
attorney in Houston.
The “torch” protruding from the corner of the building above the intersection of Gray and Milam used to
have a gas flame burning and the rooftop had a jogging track, indoors hot tubs and swimming pools.
Jaybird: Interesting info. I’ll have to look that story up.
So unlike most other ‘historic’ buildings, this ugly POS actually has some interesting history associated with it. Where was the faux outrage? Did I blink and miss it?
Totally agree ahkelly! That part of Midtown will never grow and transform like other parts have until that bus station is GONE!
I hope the old Texas Art Supply bldg across Grey St. is next for demo; THAT place is a true “decrepit pile of stink” b/c the parapet has been breached and every hard rain it floods the sidewalk for days afterwards. “Funk Nastification” personified.