Judging from its debut in this morning’s demolition report, it’s looking like the end of the line for the classic 1960 steel-and-glass home at 6040 Glencove St., near Bayou Bend and Memorial Park.
What’s going away?
The house had the kind of wide-open spaces that modernists love, and its floors were marble – cool, [original owner André] Crispin says, under bare feet in the summer.
At 4,600 square feet, the house was large for its era, plenty big enough for the Crispins’ four children and their grand-scale entertaining. When Crispin and his wife hosted musical events, 200 to 300 guests thronged their dramatic living room. There, those guests could admire the wall of glass 14 feet tall. It offered a view of the untamed back yard, a rolling ravine filled with sassafras trees, rabbits and armadillos.
The home was designed by Houston architect Talbott Wilson, 2 years before his firm created the Astrodome. Its current owner, David Mincberg, was appointed by Mayor White earlier this week to serve on the board of commissioners of the Houston Housing Authority. Mincberg bought the property last spring from an owner-broker who employed an innovative marketing plan: the Midcentury Modern came free with purchase of the dramatic 1.35-acre homesite.
What did Mincberg end up paying?
HAR’s public portal generally provides price ranges for recent home sales, but strangely displays no record at all of Mincberg’s purchase from owner-broker Richard Maier.
Maier’s sales strategy worked, though: Apparently, the land was attractive to Mincberg — the freebie not so much. Last summer, while telling voters he hoped would elect him as County Judge that he’d “do everything possible” to save the Astrodome from demolition, Mincberg told the Chronicle‘s Lisa Gray that he had different intentions for the house:
During the option period, Mincberg had it inspected twice. He says his inspectors found termites, foundation troubles, mechanical problems, “you name it” – major problems he says render the house unlivable. But instead of leaving those problems to some other buyer, he closed the deal, with plans to tear the house down and build something new on its lot.
For a time — after Mincberg lost the election to incumbent Ed Emmett in the fall — those plans appeared to have changed. According to a posting on Realtor.com, Mincberg put the house back on the market in December. In March, he got permits for repairs and alterations to the property. In June, the house’s relisting, the remodeling of its kitchen, and what one commenter termed the home’s new “bad stucco job” were topics of discussion on HAIF.
Realtor.com still displays the home’s most recent listing — with Martha Turner Properties, for $2,695,000. But that offer appears to have ended recently, in time for the home’s demolition.
- 6040 Glencove St. [Realtor.com]
- A home and the Dome [Houston Chronicle]
- Talbott Wilson House [HAIF]
- Mayor White appoints former County Judge candidate to job [Houston Political Blog]
- Free! Classic Midcentury Modern Home Included with Purchase of Property! [Swamplot]
- Glen Cove Mod: So Much for Freebies [Swamplot]