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Large/old home exposed at Little York & Hwy 6

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Gary    206

Since clearing the trees at W Little York and Hwy 6 an old home, that sits on the banks of the bayou, was exposed, and I was hoping someone here may be able to shed some light on it. It looks to be at least 75 to 80 years old.

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sevfiv    1344

Strange - the unpaved-looking road to the house shares an entrance from W Little York with Walgreen's. And streetview dies on that northern side of the street. Looks like they're getting ready to build stuff all around the house, too.

I can't find any kind of HCAD record associated with it, so either they have a private street (name) not visible on the map or HCAD has it as 0. Nevermind, none of the zero properties match that description...

Strange!

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Gary    206

Strange - the unpaved-looking road to the house shares an entrance from W Little York with Walgreen's. And streetview dies on that northern side of the street. Looks like they're getting ready to build stuff all around the house, too.

I can't find any kind of HCAD record associated with it, so either they have a private street (name) not visible on the map or HCAD has it as 0. Nevermind, none of the zero properties match that description...

Strange!

Yeah, the road looks like limestone. I'd really love to find out more about it.

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cosmic08    2

Since clearing the trees at W Little York and Hwy 6 an old home, that sits on the banks of the bayou, was exposed, and I was hoping someone here may be able to shed some light on it. It looks to be at least 75 to 80 years old.

That is so strange! Were you able to peek inside the windows or anything?

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Gary    206

That is so strange! Were you able to peek inside the windows or anything?

I saw it driving down Little York, but didn't stop. It's about 500 yards down the bayou and wasn't sure if I would be trespassing.

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Gary    206

Strange - the unpaved-looking road to the house shares an entrance from W Little York with Walgreen's. And streetview dies on that northern side of the street. Looks like they're getting ready to build stuff all around the house, too.

I can't find any kind of HCAD record associated with it, so either they have a private street (name) not visible on the map or HCAD has it as 0. Nevermind, none of the zero properties match that description...

Strange!

Sevfiv, what do you think my next course of action should be?

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sevfiv    1344

I'll take a look in some phone books to see if I can find a name/address, but I wouldn't go on property unless you go straight to the front door to knock (looks like a car in the driveway from one of the maps). Also, if construction is going on near there, you might be able to ask someone there...or maybe even at Walgreens?

Is there a place to pull over on W Little York?

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sevfiv    1344

Also, does anyone know if this area had was an old townsite or has a name? Or of this section of the road went by a different name (and Highway 6, too)? In 1976, the listings for W Little York only make it up to the ~9500 block (there is one listing beyond that at 12950 for Stewart Stevenson).

edit - I see that W Little York turned in to Fisher Rd. but then shortly ended way before Langham Creek. I also forget that 6 was Addicks Satsuma.

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Ross    616

That's a 47 acre tract owned by Bluesky Commercial. Looks like it's been a long time since the place was occupied as it's been owned by a string of real estate companies for some time. HCAD has the house date as 1940. You can find it on HCAD account 0470900000001. I found the property by finding a nearby address on W Little York, plugged that into HCAD, went to the associated maps and found the account number on the map. Same company owns the properties on Hwy 6 just East of the tract with the house. Blusky appears to be HQ'd at 1303 Campbell, the head office for Visible Changes. You can infer various things from that. Gotta love public records.

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coop    1

I'm not sure how helpful this will be, but I went to Junior HS in the late 80's (Labay Jr. High) with a girl that lived in that house. I remember the bus stopping right on Hwy. 6 to let her on and off at the end of the long driveway. Her name was Stacy Greathouse - I promise I am not making that up.

I've always been intrigued by the house and I hope this topic can unearth some more information about it.

~ Coop

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sevfiv    1344

Thanks for the additional information - and I saw Blusky but totally dismissed it!

That part of the road was Addicks Satsuma I thought, but there is a listing for 6219 FM 1960 from 1976 that shows the Lawrence Marcus Polo Farm..(Lawrence Marcus of Neiman Marcus?).

And here are a couple of block book images of the Matzke survey:

http://books.tax.hctx.net/v047/AE1997_47_0071.jpg

http://books.tax.hctx.net/v047/AE1997_47_0178.jpg

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Ross    616

The Harris County Clerk property records show the property being sold by Lawrence E Marcus to Henry A Sauer in February 1976. There are a number of transactions after that.

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Thanks for the additional information - and I saw Blusky but totally dismissed it!

That part of the road was Addicks Satsuma I thought, but there is a listing for 6219 FM 1960 from 1976 that shows the Lawrence Marcus Polo Farm..(Lawrence Marcus of Neiman Marcus?).

And here are a couple of block book images of the Matzke survey:

http://books.tax.hctx.net/v047/AE1997_47_0071.jpg

http://books.tax.hctx.net/v047/AE1997_47_0178.jpg

Three years ago a preservationist friend of mine actually went up to the door of the house and knocked on it. He said that up close the house looked like a hodgepodge of old and new architecture. A gentleman answered the door and clearly wasn't pleased. My friend asked for information about the house and the guy was noncommittal but would only volunteer that it was used as a hunting lodge for a large corporation back in the 60s and 70's, and that it was built with parts salvaged from houses in the Bear Creek area that had been dismantled to make way for the Addicks Reservoir.

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sevfiv    1344

Interesting...IIRC, one of the later real estate transactions was with Mobil Pipeline.

One was also from Carrie Neiman (his aunt, I believe)..

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Interesting...IIRC, one of the later real estate transactions was with Mobil Pipeline.

One was also from Carrie Neiman (his aunt, I believe)..

I just remembered to look at HistoricAerials.com and found that there weren't any structures on that location in the 1957 and 1964 aerial maps. It wasn't until the 1973 map that showed a new bridge and driveway in the immediate area. That may bolster the theory that the house was built with salvaged historic materials, or perhaps brought in pieces from various places. My preservationist friend who saw the house up close said it had a large chimney that went up through the center of the house. All early/true examples of that house style (Gulf Coast Cottage/Colonial) featured a central hallway (dog-trot) that ran all the way from the front to the back, and this house didn't have that.

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Ross    616

Interesting...IIRC, one of the later real estate transactions was with Mobil Pipeline.

One was also from Carrie Neiman (his aunt, I believe)..

The Mobil Pipeline transaction was to grant a pipeline easement across the property - the ownership remained the same while Mobil paid for the right to route a pipeline through the easement. I saw the Carrie Marcus Neiman items. Those had to be for her estate, because she died in the 50's.

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Gary    206

Thanks for all the great info guys... I'm tempted to call "Bluesky Commercial" to see if I could get access to the property.

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NenaE    116

Nice info. on that bldg. I know exactly where it sits, wasn't until recent years that it was highly visible from Hwy 6. A lot of new construction going on, in that area, now. That barn-looking house used to be quite hidden by the brush and trees. I say barn because of it's size. Funny, I never thought of it being very old, even though it had that look, always got the impression that it was made to look old. From the style of it, looks like it belongs on River Road, outside of New Orleans. It reminds me of Pappadeaux's restaurants...That's a great bing picture.

Another point of interest close by, a very old Victorian house (train station stop?) along the train tracks that parallel Hwy 290, around Jersey Village.

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John Rich    10

it was built with parts salvaged from houses in the Bear Creek area that had been dismantled to make way for the Addicks Reservoir.

Now you have my attention. I've long driven past that house with it's tin roof and wrap-around porch, and been glad that it has held off from selling out for residential or commercial development, like all the other land all around it.

I've done a lot of hiking and research into the old towns of Addicks and Barker in the flood reservoirs, so this revelation is very interesting. That area was settled by German immigrants starting about 1880, and they had a thriving community with a rich social life and traditions. I've seen the ruins of the foundations of some of their old homes, and often wondered what happened to the homes that used to sit atop those foundations. I always figured the Corps of Engineers bulldozed them when they took over the land. So it's interesting to find out now that maybe they survived in another form! Several of the German immigrants were so distraught over the take-over of their land for the reservoir, that they commited suicde rather than see their land and homes taken by the government.

For a great book about the history of this local area, look for a book called "The LH7 Ranch", about Emil Marks, who ran a ranch in that area, with up to 6,500 head of cattle.

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