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  1. Glad for the construction of this store in Riverside Terrace as I've lived here for several decades now. Yes, Riverside Terrace. Not sure why others continue to say that it is in Third Ward. Even my neighbors who moved here when the neighborhood first integrated say they moved to Riverside Terrace because it was not considered a part of the historical Third Ward - they wanted to live in Riverside Terrace. The Ward system in the City of Houston nearly bankrupted it, and was abolished in 1915. Why anyone would continue to want to refer to themselves under an obviously corrupt form of city g
  2. Welcome to the neighborhood, Rachel. We certainly welcome people with your spirit and dedication to bringing new life back into these wonderful homes.
  3. I passed by 1200 Southmore today, and it is demolished. The detached garage remains, but I'm sure it is next. Most of you will remember this property as being the Patrician Bed & Breakfast Inn for many years. In more recent years, it was the location for Novalash. According to information I found, the three-story Colonial Revival style mansion was built in 1919 for George Smith King (1876-1965), a prominent attorney and judge, and the chairman of the Jefferson Davis Hospital Board. It was later purchased by Pat Thomas, who restored the home to it's former grandeur, and ran the Patrici
  4. Just to clarify: The McEvoy residence was located at 202 McGowen - intersection of McGowen and Helena. The street signs are clearly visible in the photo, and I remember where I was when I took the photos. The McEvoy Tool Company was located at 202 Milam and also 600 Milby. The addresses are both very available and prominent in the Houston City Directories. I got the photo of the McEvoy Tool Company off an old defunct website for the Southern Pacific Railroad where they posted that it was the 202 Milam location, although I tend to think it is 600 Milby as I have looked at maps and aer
  5. For anyone interested, the house at 2507 Calumet that replaced the house in the very first set of pictures is for sale: http://search.har.com/engine/2507-Calumet-Houston-TX-77004_HAR56050744.htm http://swamplot.com/a-steel-framed-live-work-studio-by-carlos-jimenez-on-the-slopes-of-riverside-terrace/2014-06-26/ Definitely would not have any problems finding this one since it is so out of character with the rest of the houses along the street.
  6. ...and I know it's a bit confusing since the McEvoy home was at 202 McGowen and the McEvoy business was at 202 Milam. I'll bet they planned that.
  7. According to the Southern Pacific website I got the photo from, the location the photo was taken was 202 Milam at Franklin, and that was also the address of the company listed in the advertisements for J.H. McEvoy Company (I attached a PDF in a previous post). I don't think that a manufacturing business that made oil well strainers, etc. would have been amongst storefronts, but stranger things have happened - even today in Houston with no zoning. . There are tracks running close by both locations currently. Not sure where all the tracks ran about 100 years ago, though.
  8. This poor house on the east side of Riverside Drive facing N. MacGregor Way never had a chance. It had been a barber shop for the longest time - always a strange use of a nice house in what should be a residential neighborhood. After that closed up, it remained vacant for years and used as a heavy trash dumping ground, unofficial homeless shelter, etc. It finally met its fate earlier this month, becoming landfill. Never really had a chance, though - the current price tag on the property is $1.25M, and that may be why it has sat vacant for several years.
  9. NenaE, I am assuming you mean this house on Oakmont? Wouldn't someone have such a lovely home if they were able to get ahold of this one? And can you imagine how it would look all landscaped? It's a shame to see it in such state. I heard at some point a while back that the owner lived in Austin, but per HCAD, he lists the address of the house as his mailing address.
  10. Mr. Reese Radetzki did live in Riverside Terrace for quite some time. His address at that time was 308 Carson Court, which, as you probably already know, isn't in existence any longer.
  11. Here is another down on the end of Binz at the 288 feeder. The home had been completely gutted, and all the doors and interior moulding were carefully removed and stored in the house. But the new owner, deciding against restoring the house, just wrecked it a couple of months ago - with the interior features still inside the house.
  12. Over the past nearly 20 years, I have watched Riverside Terrace return from a very bleak period in its history. The neighborhood is pulling itself out of the seedy area it had been allowed to become. There is still much to do. Every time we lose a house to demolition, it reminds one of the fact that so much has been disregarded and disrespected in this neighborhood for far too long. http://vimeo.com/41671048 As I can, I will post photos of houses we've lost recently, and ones that are in danger of being lost. Hopefully, we can bring more attention to the neighborhood, and help to sav
  13. I'm attaching a couple more photos - one of the back of the house, and one of the detached garage. Most of the time, we just get to see the front of the house from the street, but on the side, you will notice the porte cochere. I believe the fraternity had built a deck up since they did not have a carriage to pull through there. As I remember, the garage was in total need of repair, but I believe it is still there even now. It's fun to think about the carriage (or old automobile) being readied and brought from the carriage house up to the porte cochere to pick whomever up and take them
  14. Yes, it was a very beautiful house, NenaE - I really enjoyed the opportunity to get to go inside and see it before it was demolished. The stairs went up to a landing (which had a big picture window), then wound up to the second floor. At the top of the stairs, there was a large, open room - much like a second-floor parlour. As you walked through it, it opened out onto a screened-in balcony area (visible on the 4th photo of the back of the house). Most of the screens were still in place on the second floor area, but had been removed on the ground floor. There was also just one bathroom in
  15. Does anyone remember the old home at 202 McGowen? It was the Joseph H. McEvoy home built around 1905 by Joseph H. McEvoy Sr., and occupied by the McEvoy family until the early 70's. The house stood vacant for about 40 years, and was finally bought and torn down in the early 2000s. I was fortunate enough to have "discovered" the house while the sale was pending. When I found out it was purchased by a developer who was going to tear it down, I contacted him, and he graciously allowed me to go in the house and remove some architectural features and fixtures before they ended up as landfill.
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