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We were talking last night and I mentioned the witch's house in Garden Villas (on Haywood). I thought most people from the se side knew about this. My parents also heard of it however some other long time residents had never heard of it. Anyone here heard of it?

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We were talking last night and I mentioned the witch's house in Garden Villas (on Haywood). I thought most people from the se side knew about this. My parents also heard of it however some other long time residents had never heard of it. Anyone here heard of it?

i've heard of it. from what i gather it was just a big old house where an old lady lived and didn't like kids coming onto her property. in the 60's some kids had some "exaggerated" tales of the witch chasing them etc.

I think the house is still there in the cul-de-sac.

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By the time I was in High School that house had evolved to the House of Ill Repute because they had a red light on the front porch. Every guy I knew in high school used to drive by to see if it was true.

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By the time I was in High School that house had evolved to the House of Ill Repute because they had a red light on the front porch. Every guy I knew in high school used to drive by to see if it was true.

that i had not heard.

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There is a 1 1/2 story colonial back there with dormer windows, mostly hidden from the street, way back on the cul-de-sac on Hayes st. I think that is the house. It is still there. The street it is on is actually very nice.

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There is a 1 1/2 story colonial back there with dormer windows, mostly hidden from the street, way back on the cul-de-sac on Hayes st. I think that is the house. It is still there. The street it is on is actually very nice.

The only house I recall being given that name on a broad scale here in Houston was a historic mansion near corner of W Gray & San Jacinto somewhere. It was always referred to as "The Witch Hat" house because it had a far-out pitched roof over an extended porch that resembled a witch's hat. I saw it many times just fading away and into a complete shambles and of course Houston demolished it what else? So much for preservation.

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The only house I recall being given that name on a broad scale here in Houston was a historic mansion near corner of W Gray & San Jacinto somewhere. It was always referred to as "The Witch Hat" house because it had a far-out pitched roof over an extended porch that resembled a witch's hat. I saw it many times just fading away and into a complete shambles and of course Houston demolished it what else? So much for preservation.

I had not heard of that one either. I had some friends in Garden Villas and hung out there in the mid to late 70s at the park.

I had heard of a haunted house of Market and Lakeside or Lakeshore or something that was refered to as the Kendall Place. Supposedlly a house of ill repute. The madam was murdered inside then draged to the wrought iron gates at the street and placed under her own car. This was supposed to have happened in the 40s. My wifes father was a cop in that part of town in the 50s and has been inside the house. He said all the rooms are in the shape of a diamond and has all kinds of hidden passage ways. He passed away before he could show me where it was.

joe

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The Witch's Hat House, from the Houston Architectural Guide, second edition.

I used to see this house all the time because I used to bank at Gibraltar, now Bank of America, on San Jacinto and it was right across the street. In the late 80's it looked pretty sharp and slowly deteriorated. Sad, but no one wanted to live there in those days. Interestingly, it won a Good Brick award in 1981!

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To the best of my recollection, the Witch's Hat House used to be the location of the Hallie Prichard Dance School, a popular place to study tap, ballet, etc., in the 1950's-1960's. Someone with an old city directory may have more accurate information.

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the house i'm talking about is in garden villas. the house in the pic is different.

They are talking about the Witch Hat House near downtown. The one you are talking about if memory serves me right is behind the Whataburger. My brother reminded me this weekend. You turn off of Telephone onto Haywood and at the first right there is a house on the Y, it is right next door on the left, all you see is the drive entrance the house is set way back. If this is the house it was for sale about 8 years ago. I was told by the realtor it once belonged to a bootleger and had tunnels underneath leading to a small creek that goes to Sims Bayou incase a quick escape was needed.

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To the best of my recollection, the Witch's Hat House used to be the location of the Hallie Prichard Dance School, a popular place to study tap, ballet, etc., in the 1950's-1960's. Someone with an old city directory may have more accurate information.

That house was demolished and replaced by a :o bath house :o . The "witches hat" was at the architural antiques place on Westheimer for a time, don't know where it ended up.

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They are talking about the Witch Hat House near downtown. The one you are talking about if memory serves me right is behind the Whataburger. My brother reminded me this weekend. You turn off of Telephone onto Haywood and at the first right there is a house on the Y, it is right next door on the left, all you see is the drive entrance the house is set way back. If this is the house it was for sale about 8 years ago. I was told by the realtor it once belonged to a bootleger and had tunnels underneath leading to a small creek that goes to Sims Bayou incase a quick escape was needed.

joe

yeah you're in the right hood. never heard about the tunnels though.

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yeah you're in the right hood. never heard about the tunnels though.

Yes, I remember the witch's house behind the What-A-Burger in Garden Villas. In the mid-80's some of my friend's older brothers and sisters would take us wrapping houses (I know, I know) and we would drive up to this house and sit in the drive-way. As soon as the security lights would come on we would take off as fast as we could. I never actually heard the story behind why people felt that a witch lived there though....

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Growing up in the area in the 70s and early 80s, we were all well aware of the witch's house at the end of Haywood. Garden Villas was spooky at night -- no street lights and very deep ditches on both sides of many streets. Plus -- big pecan trees everywhere which have been run into many times over the decades. So the witch's house -- at the dead end of Haywood, barely visible through lots of growth, and with a reputation for having an old lady sitting on the porch with a shotgun waiting to pull the trigger at anyone who came too close -- well, that was just too much fun for us high schoolers to pass up!

Haywood is a gem of a street. I still drive down it occasionally, for old times' sake.

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Haywood is a very nice street, there is one mod house back there that is in the architectural guide I think. Maybe we can get one of our HAIF'ers who are so good with photography to get us some really good pictures of that area. ;)

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Yes, I remember the witch's house behind the What-A-Burger in Garden Villas. In the mid-80's some of my friend's older brothers and sisters would take us wrapping houses (I know, I know) and we would drive up to this house and sit in the drive-way. As soon as the security lights would come on we would take off as fast as we could. I never actually heard the story behind why people felt that a witch lived there though....

maybe it was the woman dressed in black who flew into her garage on a broom that sparked the rumor

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I just joined this forum and am browsing topics. I searched the Witch's Hat House and Musicman's old post/inquiry about the Witch House brought to mind the beautiful gem of a house referred to as the "Witch's Hat House" located at 2201 Fannin St. I fell in love with this house back in the late 70's to early 80's when an architectural  firm was housed there. It was still beautiful then.  I just read an article dated 8.26.16 in the Houston Press , I believe , where the house was demolished  but the turret or better known as the Witch's Hat survived and is at a park in sixth ward as the top to a gazebo. Great reading and has beautiful pictures of this lost gem.

 

On another note, I am familiar with Garden Villas but not the witch house referenced in Musicman's original inquiry. Must explore.

 

Totally loving this forum.

EastEndNative58 

 

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I grew up in Garden Villas in the 90s and my parents still live there. The witches house is still there/we use to drive by on Halloween. Never heard about the tunnels but if it ever goes on the market again I will definitely take a look! 

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