The Midwestern investment syndicate that developed the Heights originally planned it as a modest outpost for middle-class families. So it’s a little puzzling when Amy Lynch Kolflat — the realtor for Houston architect Bart Truxillo’s Heights pad — tells Nancy Sarnoff a day after posting the listing that “it’s one of two remaining homes built by the founder of the Houston Heights, Omaha and South Texas Land Co.” Take a look at the video tour Kolflat conducts around the property at 1802 Harvard St. Kind of opulent for what historian Stephen Fox called an “industrial working-class suburb,” right?
That’s because Truxillo’s house is modeled directly on the other longstanding Heights structure Kolflat mentions — 1102 Heights Blvd. — situated 7 blocks away. Along that spinal street — planned as Houston’s first divided boulevard — many of the homes went above and beyond those found in the rest of the neighborhood. 1102 was one of those exceptions:
It’s original owner: the Heights Mayor himself John A. Milroy. (Houston didn’t annex the neighborhood until 1918.) In designing it, builder Henry F. MacGregor took a page out of noted Knoxville architect George F. Barber’s book Cottage Souvenir No. 2., modeling the spec structure off “Design No. 30.”
That makes Truxillo’s 4-story house at 1802 Harvard (with a guest house and carriage house behind it at 1806) an adaptation of an adaptation of a Kentukcy architect’s Victorian design. In other words, it’s a Nebraskan-built, Kentucky-inspired Heights original.
Here’s some of what it includes for $2.28 million:
Truxillo passed away last April. His other big fixer-upper was the Magnolia Brewing building at 715 Franklin St.
Seven months after his death, a Hyde Park townhouse he designed went up for sale along with its adjacent bungalow. Both turned over to an investor shortly after the new year, and the townhouse is now up for rent.
Pull to operate:
The custom shower is more immersive than your average:
Back behind the kitchen, the garden looks like it could use some TLC:
Though all the outdoor plants are still in good shape:
- 1802 Harvard St. [HAR]
- Historic Heights Victorian Seeks New Owner [Houston Chronicle ($)]
- Previously on Swamplot: Bart Truxillo’s Backyard Townhouse Now For Sale with Its Front Yard Bungalow; Bart Truxillo, 1942-2017