After the owner of the yellow bungalow went to jail in 2015 for conspiracy, the townhome neighbors bought it and begun looking to put some distance between the house and their own. Last Wednesday, the city’s historical commission reviewed their plans however and told them no can do. The extra 7-ft.-8-in. they wanted to add between the 2 structures would take the bungalow — part of the Heights South Historic District — out of its original 1920 location at 922 Columbia St. And the other change — sliding it 5-ft.-3.5-in. back from the curb to line up with its taller neighbor — would make it less prominent along the street.
The decision is binding, so there’s no shying away now from the current situation:
The bungalow’s former owner — defense attorney Abraham Moses Fisch — bought it in 2004, back before he was indicted for taking bribes from his clients. In 2011, authorities arrested him after learning of the scheme, in which Fisch promised clients he’d pass along million-dollar payments to justice officials, but instead pocketed them along with a partner.
Last March, a U.S. appeals court ruled to uphold the charges against him. He’s now serving a 15-year federal sentence.
Behind his former house, he left behind this non-original apartment as well:
The townhome owners closed on the 6,600-sq.-ft. property earlier this year.
- Local Defense Attorney Heads to Federal Prison in Connection to Scheme to Obstruct Justice [U.S. District Attorney’s Office]
- Defense attorney sentenced to 15 years in bribery case [Houston Chronicle]
- Abraham Moses Fisch: Made a Million Convincing Defendants He Could Bribe Their Cases Away, Feds Say [Houston Press]
Photos and map: Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission