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Large/old home exposed at Little York & Hwy 6

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FilioScotia    112

I lived in Copperfield in the 1990s and drove past that old house countless times and wondered about it. One day in the late 90s, driving on W. Little York, I saw a couple of cars parked there, so I decided I would knock on the door and ask about the house.

It only took one knock to get a response. The door was opened by a scruffy looking guy with a police ID badge on his belt. When he opened the door I could see several other scruffy looking guys sitting at desks working on computers.

I told him I drove past that house every day and I was just curious to know something about it. The guy told me he didn't know anything about the house, and they were only there doing property research for a planned widening of W. Little York. Then he closed the door.

I went on my way more curious than ever, but I never went back. In any event, W. Little York WAS widened out to four lanes a few years after that.

I'm guessing that some undercover cops were using the house as a base of operations for some investigations in the Bear Creek and Copperfield area. At that time, it wasn't visible from Hwy 6, and just barely visible from W. Little York.

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lolsociety    3

 


Old thread, but I'm bumping to chime in support of the resevoir theory, and to maybe get some new eyes on this thread that didn't see it in 2009 but might have some information. Also, to add pics.


 


 

I have long been intrigued by this house, and this thread has scratched and excacerbated my intrigue more than ever.

 

HCAD has the build date listed as 1940. I saw somebody mention they didn't see it in old aerials - I've looked myself (I live down the creek) and remember that the house was there as far back as 1947 (the oldest imagery I found) but had very heavy tree cover, making it difficult to make out a house there. There were a few other, smaller farms, within about a half mile, mile proximity.

 

The Addicks dam was authorized by an act passed in 1938, so perfectly aligned with the hint that it was built from salvages material from the clearing of the dam.

 

I always wondered if this place had rich history as some sort of plantation, with the location on the creek and all. The dates don't quite line up for that, but the dates line up perfectly for the reservoir explanation, which is even more interesting to me.

 

Just from the little bit of information available in this thread, the house is incredible to me. coop's friend who lived in the house and had "Greathouse," as a surname. The shady police officers occupying the home. It being salvaged from one of the most historically interesting areas of Houston. I can only imagine how much more there is to know about the house. 

 

Not the best photo - taken from very far away. The house seems to be occupied now, and the residents put up a little chain and a "private driveway," sign. I also had to adjust the exposure to try to make the house more visible. And as you can see the house appears to sit on a river, as the photo was taken today, the day following the 5/25/2015 floods.

 


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Fore Right    3

Wow...this brings back memories. My folks were involved in a partnership back in the late 60's/early 70's that owned this property, actually twice. I remember as a youngster going out there to the "country." Highway 6 was 2 lanes and there wasn't anything on the road except for a "convenience" store and volunteer fire department on the west side of 6 close to where a pawn shop now sits.

We got to the home off 6 on a long winding gravel road through a bunch of Post Oak trees. There was a large house that sat on the property, but I don't remember it being the one in the previous pictures. It was more like a New England style home. There was a swimming pool and some type of horse barn just south of the home. The partnership sold the property to Laurence Marcus (of Neiman Marcus fame) and he started a polo farm on it. He built a very nice polo field on the North side of the property. He evidently had some financial problems and the partnership was able to repurchase the property a couple years later for the same price that it was sold to Mr. Marcus previously.  We enjoyed the property for another couple of years and then sold it again.

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Blondie2327    1

Thanks Fore Right!  You posted a memory of mine as well.   I used to keep my horses at a barn on Hwy 6 close to the convenience store your talking about.  I remember knowing the house was back there but we were too scared to ride our horses back there.  Hwy 6 was the two lane road, and where the Pawn Shop is now, was the store we rode to.  I don't remember the name of the stables we rented from but I remember a ladies name called Naomi (?) ran it.  I now live in this area and see the old house often, lit up or with vehicles outside of it.  Did you say a cop lives there? 

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Amaterasu    0

Reviving this topic as I have a lot of interest in this house. I live close by and have seen it regularly for years. It's being used in some way as I often see lights on at night and cars parked in front of it.

 

It looks like it's actually owned by John and Maryanne McCormack, founders of Visible Changes.

 

I'm tempted to send this to the Bayou City History folks at the Houston Chronicle to see if they could dig anything up. If the info regarding it being built from homes that were in the town of Addicks, I would love to see pictures of the inside of it!

 

The other thing I'm curious about is if it suffered any major flood damage during the tax day flood. The flood gauge for Langham Creek at that intersection got over 500 year flood stage on 4/18/2016.

http://www.harriscountyfws.org/GageDetail/Index/2120

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Hello, so I have always been curious about this house since I see it almost every day and after reading the comments that you guys have left on here I am certain it is   Neiman Marcus's home. A buddy of mine recently told me that he was told that that land right in front of the home will eventually be a shopping center/mall. I do not doubt it after reading these comments and getting told that. I think it will be a museum later in the long run after they build a mall or shopping center. This house is very mysterious and I would love to know more about it.

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Dustin    5

Can't a person just look up public land tax records to see who the current owner is? From there go to social media, find them and ask whatever questions you want asked. If the exchange is polite enough and the topic of the question is interesting enough to the owner.......maybe you'll get invited over.

 

I love old homes like this and the history behind them. They need to stay put and possibly be put to modern use......like one poster here said....a museum. That would be great in this case.

 

Thank you for reviving this post Amaterasu.....I didn't know about this house until now.

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On 7/9/2009 at 9:12 PM, coop said:

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

Coop, I found this on Staci Greathouse, her father is John W. Greathouse: 
James W Greathouse age 68Also known as: James W Creathouse From: Houston, TX5202 Piping Rock Ln,Houston, TX 77056 (713) 355-2177Previous Addresses: 4048 Wickersham Ln, Houston, TX 77027,
3530 Pinehurst Cir, Dallas, TX 75234,
2731 Drexel Dr, Houston, TX 77027,
5667 San Felipe St, Houston, TX 77056,
***6219 Highway 6 #6, Houston, TX 77084,***
6925 Long Ave, Shawnee Mission, KS 66216,
7622 River Garden Dr, Houston, TX 77095,
3530 Pinehurst Cir, Farmers Branch, TX 75234,
***6219 Addicks Satsuma Rd, Houston, TX 77084,***
6219 Hwy 16, Houston, TX 77084
Associated Names: Jim Greathouse,
James Grteathouse
Possible Relatives: Scott W Greathouse,
Crystal Elaine Greathouse, Crystal W Greathouse, Staci Renee Greathouse

Other Phone Numbers: (713) 355-2177, (713) 355-2179, (713) 446-7921, (214) 484-3300

***Those addresses are where that house is located.***

Searched on: http://publicrecords.directory/search.php

I lived in the area since the late 70's and had not seen that house until years later. Was always curious about it, seems to have had a very interesting past!

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Nicole    0

I also always wondered about this old house. I saw it with a friend after dining out on HWY 6 one day about seven years ago in 2010. We drove down the dirt road to check it out, but got frightened by another car going fast on the gravel road behind us and decided to turn back. We were fascinated by the metal roof and odd large house and wondered about how old it was. This is very interesting indeed. I always wondered and finally got some answers on this blog!

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