Modern architecture fans in Houston have been whispering about this 1964 Meyerland home ever since it went on the market late last month. Houston Mod featured it as its “Mod of the Month” open house a couple of weeks ago. Commenters on a Swamplot post about another modern-era home have also been discussing the 3,172-sq.-ft. home, which sits just a couple blocks north of Brays Bayou. As one of them noted, it’s the former home of Houston architect John R. Dossey, who bought it with his wife more than a decade ago and renovated it extensively.
If that name sounds familiar, it might be because Dossey pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to possession of child pornography. The charges stemmed from the stakeout by an FBI unit in March of a feeder-road pay-by-the-hour Scottish Inn & Suites hotel in southwest Houston, where Dossey was arrested in the company of a 16-year-old prostitute. Dossey admitted to taking photos of the girl, and a later search of his home on Manhattan Dr. (yes, pictured here) netted his computers, the inevitable forensic hard-drive search, and the child pornography charge.
Dossey, who’s been in custody without bond ever since, transferred ownership of the home — and the 12,755-sq.-ft. lot next door — in May. And yes . . . both are now for sale! Which means you can conduct a little surveillance of the scene on your own:
The 4-bedroom, 3-1/2-bath home is listed for $575,000. The lot measures 13,111 sq. ft., but it doesn’t include the grassy area beyond the patio shown here:
That lot, directly to the south, is being sold separately for $374,900. Dossey faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, plus restrictions under a supervised release program when he gets out. His sentencing is scheduled for October.
- 9007 and 9011 Manhattan Dr. [HAR]
- Architect Pleads Guilty To Possession of Child Pornography [U.S. Attorney Southern District]
- Man Arrested In Prostitution Sting [Click2Houston]