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  1. At first, I thought this was the Scanlan Mansion on Scanlan Road, located behind the Sienna Plantation subdivsion in Missouri City, since it resembles the one in the photographs in many ways, including the fountain. After closer inspection, I realized that the Scanlan Mansion is smaller than the one in the photograph, it has fewer columns across the front and does not have a long wing in the back, along with a swimming pool instead of the fountain pool shown in the photograph. The Scanlan Mansion can only be seen via birds eye maps due to its set-back from the road.
  2. The Second Empire style never really took off in Houston, and there were only two or three examples that were built in Houston that I could think of. They were all built on Main Street downtown and were already gone by the 1930's. I read somewhere that the Second Empire style was identified with the North and Houstonians during the late 19th century still harbored a grudge against the north for winning the War Between the States, and refused to build anything with a style that indentified with the North.
  3. I've heard the same story. I used to do some research into the history of the Old Sixth/First Ward area and there were only two major roads leading west and northwest from downtown Houston prior to the railroad era (1870's) and they were Washington Avenue and W MontgomeryRd/North Main St. These roads began life as stagecoach routes, there is a map at the Texas Transportation Archive showing early Texas stagecoach routes, and these two roads are on it. That map is not available online yet. Washington Avenue led from downtown to Washington on the Brazos, following pretty much of today's Hempst
  4. Several years ago the city's historic preservation office sifted through early deeds/tax records and came up with a list of all extant structures in Houston that were built prior to 1895, and the house on Dickson wasn't on it. It does have boxcar siding which is typical of the late 1880's-early 1890's. (Several houses in Old Sixth Ward have that siding). This means it was likely relocated from elsewhere. The property at 5100 Dickson was originally the Brunner Addition which was first platted out in 1888 and the lots immediately put up for sale. According to the city's research, the oldest d
  5. I've done extensive research on the history of the Old Sixth Ward and can confirm that the portion of Houston Avenue extending from Buffalo Bayou to Washington Avenue used to be called Clay Street. Quite a few streets in that particular area were renamed in the early 1890's when the city's postal delivery system became standardized. The Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from 1890 shows that portion of Houston Avenue as Clay Street, but the 1896 map shows it to be Houston Avenue. In addition, Harris County Block Maps for the blocks along that street still show Clay Street crossed over with a line
  6. If you can refer to Kayzer's post from June 2, 2008, that house has been dismantled and rebuilt at 210 Westmoreland where it still stands to this day.
  7. I used to work for MHMRA many years ago and there was an early picture (1930's era) of the building hanging on the wall in someone's office. I recall that the windows in the picture were of the multi-paned casement variety. Have you contacted MHMRA to see if they still have the picture or anything in regards to the building?
  8. From what I understand, both MD Anderson and a museum in New Mexico finally found a donor who is willing to pay to have the mural removed and delivered to the museum in a single piece. Specially trained workers arrived at the building several weeks ago to detach the mural from the ceiling and floor, and encapsulate the entire mural in a gigantic crate that is 20 ft tall and 50 ft wide. The entire front doorway, vestibule, and porte cohere will have to be dismantled to make way for the crate. They will have to go down to the basement to reinforce the floor underneath the lobby to support the
  9. What a great spreadsheet! My house is listed in there (built in 1883), and I can vouch for the homes in my Sixth Ward neighborhood. Few years ago, several of us did a similar survey of pre-1900 houses in Harris County and came up with a list similar to yours. I would would like to point out that there are a few houses on your list that are nowhere as old (the first two were built in the 1970's, I believe), and I know they were errors on HCAD's behalf. Actually I do know of at least 15 pre-1900 houses that aren't listed on your Excel spreadsheet. There are three antebellum houses in the Sec
  10. I found a better photo of the house from the Life Magazine photo archives. It wasn't labeled with the McCarthy name but I remembered the photo from the magazine article.
  11. 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 hallw
  12. 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.
  13. I remember reading an article in an older magazine somewhere many years ago that prominently featured a photograph of the McCarthy family sitting in front of their house. I believe the article was published around the time of the opening of the Shamrock Hotel. I wish I could remember the name of the magazine, I would love to see the photograph again.
  14. At the time of Mr MacGregor's death he lived at 3530 Fannin Street at the corner of Berry St, directly across from the Marie Boswell Flake Home of the Women (now Adkin's Architectural Antiques). Ensemble Theater currently stands at that site. The 1924 Sanborn Map shows the MacGregor House to be a large 2-story affair with a portico in front and a 3rd floor cupola on top.
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