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  • Two more classics in Sherwood Forest being torn down to make way, no doubt, for another Tuscan villa that will be way too large for an already large lot. Such a shame we cannot appreciate style and aesthetics and prefer ostentatiousness in our city.

  • ****, i cant believe some of the shit they tear down in memorial. great home http://har.com/HomeValue/dispSoldDetail.cfm?MLNUM=3419461

  • Matt Mystery, for implying that wealthy people have bad taste, I declare that you are a communist. Aren’t you aware that good taste is defined as “stuff wealthy people like”?

  • Per HCAD, it looks like the new owners also bought an already-empty lot on Buckingham backing up to this property, and from the same sellers.

    What a shame — this 1970’s piece is really rather wonderful. Kenneth Schnitzer was an early owner.

  • It was quite a house when Schnitzer built it. Classic in every sense of the word. One of those houses that I think everyone thought “wow” the first time they went in the front door.

    Can’t wait to see the monstrosity that will replace it.

  • It might be French Provencal…

  • I think I am going to be sick. What a beautiful house. I believe, before this one, that Mr. Schnitzer lived in the former Simms mansion, Wayside, near Wayside and Lawndale.

  • I think I am going to be sick. What a beautiful house. I believe, before this one, that Mr. Schnitzer lived in the former Simms mansion, Wayside, near Wayside and Lawndale.

    It’s been so long I can’t remember. I just remember being in junior high school when they moved to Friar Tuck and everyone wanted to go see the Schnitzer’s new house. Everyone did as I recall. Kenny and his brother Doug got real popular! I think they had been living in what is now Old Braeswood but had been living in the Riverside Terrace area before that. But there were a number of really nice mansions in that area of Wayside as I recall most of which are long gone. So maybe they had lived there. After the divorce he built his townouse “behind the wall” on the corner of Edloe and West Alabama and it had this same classic “wow” to it. He certainly left his marks and this house was one of them. It really is a shame it will be torn down. But, well, it’s like so many others. Just another memory at this point.

  • It might be French Provencal…

    I think it was really just Ken and Joan Schnitzer W-O-W.


    If he would run, he would have my vote.

    How dare those wealthy people offend the unwashed masses with their lack of taste?!?!

    The nerve of them……

  • Yeah, nice place with all that light and space and class but did you notice? No ice maker! that’s just like TOTALLY a deal-breaker

  • If I were to build a Tuscan-style house, I’d make it plain, like a real Italian house, with none of those turrets or extraneous roof peaks. I’d make sure there was plenty of lot left for lush gardens. I’d grow grapes and make wine! Then I’d paint it this color, or maybe like this. It would confuse the neighbors.

  • @marmer, I just clicked through to the pictures of the Friar Tuck house, and now I think I’m going to be sick, too.

  • The house is old. The house must be torn down. The house will be replaced by one with separate rooms for every task imaginable. The house will have a six car garage – the new four car garage. A realtor will advertise the property with ‘old growth trees’. This must be done.

  • @Miz Brooke Smith

    the Buckingham parcel was bought by one of the previous owners from a backyard neighbor facing Buckingham. That is where the tennis court sits, behind the pool pavilion at the back of the lot.

    It is a shame that this house is going to be torn down. Although the house (and grounds) have seen better days, there are some wonderful spaces both inside and out. An owner with the right vision could have restored / updated this place into a magnificant home.

  • Seriously, people, how do you expect anybody to live in that old house? I live in a house with no turrets and built in only one architectural style, and every day I wake up and cry bitter tears.

  • For those too poor to actually live in
    River Oaks.

    That’s the first neighborhood the new rich moved into after Dearborn and Audubon Place.

  • I meant to add, in the late 40s and early 50s.