Interested in a bit of booty plundered from the the birthplace of Bootylicious? The former Rice Mansion at 1505 Hadley St. in Midtown most recently served as the headquarters of Mathew Knowles’ Music World Entertainment and moonlighted as a wedding and event venue. According to Architectural Digest, Destiny’s Child recorded Bootylicious, as well as several other of its hit songs, inside this building. But Knowles sold the entire block bounded by Hadley, Crawford, Webster, and LaBranch streets late last year, and its new owner — Group 1 Automotive, the parent company of the neighboring Midtown Advantage BMW car dealership — has begun demolishing the structures sitting on it one by one.
For now, the Rice Mansion — minus a bunch of salvaged parts and furnishings, which were yanked out recently — is still standing. But some of its parts have already been spotted by a Swamplot reader on an internet auction site. Though the building is more than a century old, the offered materials are clearly of far more recent vintage. Behold:
750 sq. ft. or engineered oak flooring,
15 passage knobsets,
and 14 interior doors, at least a few of them graced with nameplates referencing Destiny’s Child’s former manager:
All this could be yours, if you bid wisely. It all comes from the building pictured here in its current state:
The auctions are scheduled to end Thursday.
- Lot of over 750 sq.ft. Reclaimed 8 Engineered Oak Flooring from the Historic Rice Mansion, Home to Beyonce’s Fathers Offices and Music Studio [MaxSold]
- From the Historic Rice Mansion. Lot of 15 Reclaimed Lever Style Passage Knobsets [MaxSold]
- Lot of 14 Doors Reclaimed From The Historic Rice Mansion, c. 1910 Home Converted To The Offices/Music Studio of Mr. Knowles, Beyonce’s Father [MaxSold]
- Previously on Swamplot: It’s Time To Pull Apart the Rice Mansion in Midtown, Piece by Piece; How We Know Destiny’s Child Was Gone from the House of Déreon Before Its Demo; Comment of the Day: The Midtown Home of Destiny’s Child Has Met Its Destiny; If You Liked It Then You Shoulda Put a Bid On It: House of Deréon Gets Its Demo Permits; Daily Demolition Report: Final Destiny; Destiny’s Child Mural on House of Deréon Media Center Wins Midtown Demolition Staredown; Demo Equipment Is Now Waiting Patiently Outside the House of Deréon Media Center in Midtown
Photos: Jordan (Rice Mansion); MaxSold (building parts)