Daily Demolition Report: Houston Fabric

A little woodgathering project for the morning:


Commercial Structures


Photo of 1216 Bomar St.: HAR

6 Comment

  • I’m glad to see the city is tearing down that rundown house on Bomar. Now if only it would tear down the abandoned funeral home on Hyde Park….

  • How do you know it is the City tearing it down? All I saw on the house last week was a plumbing permit.

    Too bad about the pecan tree — and the family of baby owls who were living in one of the other trees. The pecan suffered mightily in the drought.

    One must shed a tear for the passing of the “Rock-n-Roll” house… some of the bands who used to practice there sounded pretty good.

    Come to think of it, “Faux Tuscan” would be a great name for a band from Houston…

  • Ah, answered my own question. The demo permit was granted to David K Gibbs Associates, which seems to be a local company that leases commercial properties. I don’t see any indication that they develop townhouses.

    Yet, here’s a tidbit from bisnow.com:

    “…David K. Gibbs Associates’ David Gibbs, who owned the land under Highland Tower decades ago. (The area was then known as Sin Alley, we’re told, for the wild parties in the apartments.) …

    …at the groundbreaking of Rice U’s David and Barbara Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center. David and his wife (both Rice alums) donated the money for the 103k SF Wellness Center, which was built by Tellepsen and designed by F&S Architects and Lake/Flato Architects…”

  • Double hmmm… the demo permit is in error. According to Sosa Construction, the permit was granted to “In Town Homes” and the plan is to build a single-family house similar to their properties on Welch Street:


  • Patrick,

    Our neighborhood lost a number of homes as a result of Hurricane Ike in 2008.

    In almost every case, the demo permit was issued not in the name of the current owner, but in the name of the previous owner.

    Initially, I thought it might have been just a COH employee error in the record but as the same thing kept happening with each house, a trend developed.

    That’s probably what happened to the Bomar house. Per HCAD, the owner previous to the current one was named Gibbs.

  • Merril: yeah, those big ugly double garage doors facing the street will fit into the neighborhood swimmingly