Daily Demolition Report: Cutting Down Jackson Hill

Go team: Hack ’em back, make ’em stack! Demolish . . . them all!


Commercial and Community Structures


Photo of Peden Warehouse, 700 N. San Jacinto St.: Patrick Feller [license]

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  • Dang. I like that Peden building. Oh well — “progress.”

  • I was going to submit a picture, they’ve already started gutting the town homes on Jackson Hill. They have been standing there for more than a year as a total eyesore.
    Interestingly enough they have turned the lights on in the two completed units, they must be preparing them to sell after the others are knocked down.

    We’ve got another set at 604 Jackson Hill that are much more complete, but I’m sure they will suffer the same fate.

  • I like the Peden building too. Darn.

  • Sorry to see the Peden Warehouse go. It’s a shame they couldn’t find another use for it.


    Part of Houston history.

  • Thanks for the Peden link, Joe. I especially like the exaggerated drawing of the building with a ship docked right across the street. Realistic!

  • It’s directly across the water from where the English fort was in the 1600’s, maybe some artifacts will turn up.

  • 1808 Palm–they booted an elderly, African American widow from her home to get this property. She’d lived there for some 40 years. The neighborhood businessman she’d trusted foreclosed on her. Then went into a deal with the townhome developer. Having it dismantled for/by Habitat for Humanity doesn’t make it all okay.

    Soon in its place? Lime green and acid-orange accented townhomes. I.e., the shag carpet and avocado appliances of this decade. Thanks for packing in tomorrow’s slums today.

  • Well, the English fort was actually off White Oak Bayou, if I remember right, where the old Jeff Davis hospital stands. But close enough — you never know what’s going to turn up in that area.

  • Wasn’t the English fort built on the site of a Viking settlement?

  • What Sylvia fails to mention is that the elderly lady was running a half-way house of sorts out of the back of her property at 1808 Palm. Partly because of her, there were cop cars running up and down the street on a twice weekly basis.

  • My understanding is that the English fort was built where UH-Downtown now stands as it’s the confluence of Buffalo and White Oak bayous, which would have been the most strategic spot. The “old” Jeff Davis hospital area is where the graves were found, which is down a slope and a comfortable distance away from the fort. There will be no conclusive proof of the fort til the day UH-Downtown, or at least that main building of, is torn down, likely not for another 30-60 years.

    There is even a conspiracy theorist angle to all this, that vested heritage and historical interests would not like a newcomer crash the six flags of Texas party with a seventh. I’ve found this a fascinating topic(the fort, not the conspiracy theory) but there is precious little on the web despite my 4th degree black belt of goog-fu.