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It's been painted as long as I can remember. I think I remember it used to be white at one point. I wouldn't be surprised if it has been painted its whole life.

Several years ago at an estate sale in Meyerland I saw a small stack of 1940's photographs of that house. The house was already painted by then and it displayed a faux wrought iron balcony across underneath the 2nd floor windows where the 'scar' stands. What made it poignant is that the house looked so impeccable in the background with a beaming young family standing proudly on the beautifully landscaped front yard. The pictures screamed "we found the American Dream". I wanted to buy these pictures but the dealer wanted far too much for them.

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Several years ago at an estate sale in Meyerland I saw a small stack of 1940's photographs of that house. The house was already painted by then and it displayed a faux wrought iron balcony across underneath the 2nd floor windows where the 'scar' stands. What made it poignant is that the house looked so impeccable in the background with a beaming young family standing proudly on the beautifully landscaped front yard. The pictures screamed "we found the American Dream". I wanted to buy these pictures but the dealer wanted far too much for them.

I can't even imagine what the iron balcony looked like. Wish I could see that photo.

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John Chase's house is one of the nicest mods in the neighborhood. It's also kind of unique because it's a mod on the north side of the bayou. Most of the mods I'm familiar with in the neighborhood are on the south side.

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Several years ago at an estate sale in Meyerland I saw a small stack of 1940's photographs of that house. The house was already painted by then and it displayed a faux wrought iron balcony across underneath the 2nd floor windows where the 'scar' stands. What made it poignant is that the house looked so impeccable in the background with a beaming young family standing proudly on the beautifully landscaped front yard. The pictures screamed "we found the American Dream". I wanted to buy these pictures but the dealer wanted far too much for them.

Thanks for the info. I'd love to see that photograph! Painted brick and a balcony makes sense with the style of the house, though I'd argue that the house might look better without the balcony. Do you remember what the entry looked like in the photo? There's a ghost outline of an arch over the front door. Also, do you remember if the windows had shutters on them? I'm thinking they did, given the wide space between the decorative brick cornice and the second story windows.

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I'm now wondering what the attached bldg on the right could be...a garage (w/ back entrance) or another room? Or maybe, a garage & a room, on top? Dan or JLWM8609, did you walked the property? Have you seen the back of the structure, got any clue? The two unequal windows in front bother me. I like to see balance in the details, in such a formal house.

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I'm now wondering what the attached bldg on the right could be...a garage (w/ back entrance) or another room? Or maybe, a garage & a room, on top? Dan or JLWM8609, did you walked the property? Have you seen the back of the structure, got any clue? The two unequal windows in front bother me. I like to see balance in the details, in such a formal house.

The building on the right is a garage with the door facing the rear of the property. There is a room over the garage, with a hallway over the port couchere to connect it to the main house. Automobile access to the garage was through the port couchere, or from the alleyway along the back of the property.

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The building on the right is a garage with the door facing the rear of the property. There is a room over the garage, with a hallway over the port couchere to connect it to the main house. Automobile access to the garage was through the port couchere, or from the alleyway along the back of the property.

Wow...great to know the details...thnx Dan. What a unique design.

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I have been fascinated by Riverside Terrace/Washington Terrace for such a long time. It is such a beautiful location and so close to the Med Center, downtown, midtown, hermann park, museums, UH, TSU, Rice, etc... that I would think that in ANY other city, it would have been rediscovered years ago.

It's a real shame to see so much rotting away even moreso because so many of the new builds are just terrible. And now the metal condos are coming...

I really love renovating old homes and was really close to doing it in Riverside but just couldn't find one on the market. There's really little for sale despite there being so many empty looking properties.

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It's a real shame to see so much rotting away even moreso because so many of the new builds are just terrible. And now the metal condos are coming...

I don't think the new build homes are as bad as the condos. The new build homes are typically single family households, and the condos house more folks than a single family household in the same space. This means that the condos contribute more traffic on neighborhood streets, and are just more strain on the infrastructure as it relates to things such as flooding.

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I don't like seeing the apartments &/or condos in the middle of the neighborhood of homes...maybe on the outskirts, and kept to a minimum.

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Thanks for the info. I'd love to see that photograph! Painted brick and a balcony makes sense with the style of the house, though I'd argue that the house might look better without the balcony. Do you remember what the entry looked like in the photo? There's a ghost outline of an arch over the front door. Also, do you remember if the windows had shutters on them? I'm thinking they did, given the wide space between the decorative brick cornice and the second story windows.

I do recall the photos showing thick fluted pilasters on each side of the doorway but cannot remember seeing an arch on top for the pilasters went up pretty much all the way to the faux balcony above. There were potted topiaries on both sides of the front door, giving the house a distinct "Hollywood Regency" look.

I also remember seeing dark-colored shutters on the first floor windows but not if the 2nd floor windows had them. What I thought was interesting was that the house prominently displayed a railing matching the fake balcony along the roof ridge between the chimneys.

There is another house nearby that still has the faux balcony similar to this house but I cannot recall its exact location.

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I live in Riverside Terrace off S Macgregor and Oak crest. There are several boarded up homes along my street. One home is a very large 50's ranch , the owner is now confined to an assisted living facility. The other home is a very impressive two story. The front yards are stilled maintained, but the rear yards are jungles. There are also several large empty homes one on Rose neath and the other on Scott near Charleston both are owned by the same family that owns the old Weingaten estate. The home on Roseneath is very stately with a pool, the Colonial home on Scott need a helping hand. I think both homes are for sale.

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I live in Riverside Terrace off S Macgregor and Oak crest. There are several boarded up homes along my street. One home is a very large 50's ranch , the owner is now confined to an assisted living facility. The other home is a very impressive two story. The front yards are stilled maintained, but the rear yards are jungles. There are also several large empty homes one on Rose neath and the other on Scott near Charleston both are owned by the same family that owns the old Weingaten estate. The home on Roseneath is very stately with a pool, the Colonial home on Scott need a helping hand. I think both homes are for sale.

Can you get an address for those homes? I'd like to see them.

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The family that currently owns the old Weingaten estate have the following homes for sale in the Riverside area.

4202 Rose neath and 5715 Scott both are very large old homes with the home on Rose neath being the best of the two.

Along the 4000 block of Fern wood you can find two large homes that are boarded up and not being lived in, both homes are still very nice and maintained.

Several of the stately mansions along S. Macgregor were badly damaged by the tornadoes that swept through the area during Hurricane Ike and still sit empty.

Despite this there are several new homes under construction or recently completed, including a McMansion on Rose neath near the home of Congress women Sheila Jackson Lee thats on the market for over $1,000,000.

Former Police Chief C O Bradford demolished that beautiful mid century home on Rose neath that graces the cover of the Documentary "This is Our Home it's not for Sale" in order to build His McMansion .

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The family that currently owns the old Weingaten estate have the following homes for sale in the Riverside area.

4202 Rose neath and 5715 Scott both are very large old homes with the home on Rose neath being the best of the two.

Along the 4000 block of Fern wood you can find two large homes that are boarded up and not being lived in, both homes are still very nice and maintained.

Several of the stately mansions along S. Macgregor were badly damaged by the tornadoes that swept through the area during Hurricane Ike and still sit empty.

Despite this there are several new homes under construction or recently completed, including a McMansion on Rose neath near the home of Congress women Sheila Jackson Lee thats on the market for over $1,000,000.

Former Police Chief C O Bradford demolished that beautiful mid century home on Rose neath that graces the cover of the Documentary "This is Our Home it's not for Sale" in order to build His McMansion .

There were tornadoes in the area during Ike?

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The family that currently owns the old Weingaten estate have the following homes for sale in the Riverside area.

4202 Rose neath and 5715 Scott both are very large old homes with the home on Rose neath being the best of the two.

Along the 4000 block of Fern wood you can find two large homes that are boarded up and not being lived in, both homes are still very nice and maintained.

Several of the stately mansions along S. Macgregor were badly damaged by the tornadoes that swept through the area during Hurricane Ike and still sit empty.

Despite this there are several new homes under construction or recently completed, including a McMansion on Rose neath near the home of Congress women Sheila Jackson Lee thats on the market for over $1,000,000.

Former Police Chief C O Bradford demolished that beautiful mid century home on Rose neath that graces the cover of the Documentary "This is Our Home it's not for Sale" in order to build His McMansion .

Thnx for the info. Will have to check those out. If there were tornadoes in that area, maybe that's how that corrugated steel or aluminum sheet got bent around that tree in the yard of the mod that sits in that bayou. It's still there. Or maybe it was deposited by the bayou flood water. I don't have an address. Think it's right before you get to the (4000 address) Weingarten estate home, on South MacGregor. On the left, right after you cross the road, Scott? heading East. Mod has been remuddled. Looks bad. Think we talked about it, earlier. I love to hear stories of this neighborhood, please, tell me more. :)

BTW- Whose house was at S. MacGregor Way, that Sat in front of Leopold Dr., huge lot extends to the East, seen on 1964 hist. aeriel map, house had an addition built on in or around 2002. It was another large property, as well.

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The mid century home on S Macgregor just past Scott was owned by a Football player who started remodeling the property, but sold it before any worthwhile improvements were completed.

It was a very nice looking home with it's wide glass balcony.

It was damaged by Hurricane Ike as was many others in the area.

The tornadoes from Ike they cut threw MacGregor Park and made a path west from the park up S Macgregor and along the bayou.

Our home on Fern wood received no damaged, but along S MacGregor nearly every home had either major roof damage, down trees or both.

Many trees seemed to have been pulled from the ground with their roots intact others were just torn in half.

We sit the hurricane out at home and yes just as they say in the movies it sounds like a freight train when a tornado goes over!

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The mid century home on S Macgregor just past Scott was owned by a Football player who started remodeling the property, but sold it before any worthwhile improvements were completed.

It was a very nice looking home with it's wide glass balcony.

It was damaged by Hurricane Ike as was many others in the area.

The tornadoes from Ike they cut threw MacGregor Park and made a path west from the park up S Macgregor and along the bayou.

Our home on Fern wood received no damaged, but along S MacGregor nearly every home had either major roof damage, down trees or both.

Many trees seemed to have been pulled from the ground with their roots intact others were just torn in half.

We sit the hurricane out at home and yes just as they say in the movies it sounds like a freight train when a tornado goes over!

Sounds like we got lucky. We're on S. MacGregor and all we really got were a bunch of tree limbs in the front yard.

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The family that currently owns the old Weingaten estate have the following homes for sale in the Riverside area.

4202 Rose neath and 5715 Scott both are very large old homes with the home on Rose neath being the best of the two.

Along the 4000 block of Fern wood you can find two large homes that are boarded up and not being lived in, both homes are still very nice and maintained.

Several of the stately mansions along S. Macgregor were badly damaged by the tornadoes that swept through the area during Hurricane Ike and still sit empty.

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Checked those addresses out on GoogleEarth...nice, both of them. Fernwood is a beautiful, quiet street. "Flew" down S. MacGregor Way. Such nice homes, some boarded up, see what you mean. How high did the water get, did it go over S. MacGregor Dr., during the hurricane?

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I spent the first years of my life in the late 30's in the Riverside/Riverside Terrace area at 2655 Oakdale, just west of Ennis. I wonder what that house looks like now. Neighbors were Leon Jaworski, a young, up-and-coming attorney, and a very young Bill Archer, future congressman, both of whom some of you may know of. I attended kindergarten and first grade at Sutton Elementary, which was not too far from my house. I see there is now a Sutton in Sharpstown. I guess the original Sutton I attended was renamed.

You know, you can see your house on googleearth, it's easy to use, just install, and plug in your address. I just looked at Oakdale, is your previous house the large red brick two story or the smaller one-story w/ lighter, tan brick? Both look alright. There is a unique "Alamo" style house a few lots down, at or @ 2644 Oakdale. The school caught my eye, looked very old, nice style.

The Sanborn maps show a variety of different denominational churches (Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal) in the area in the 1940's, which hints at a mix of ethnic groups (at that time), not just Jewish. The synagogue was the largest, though, on a large piece of land.

57tbird, do you remember the house & land at Sampson & N. Macgregor?

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http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/macgregor.html

a little about Mr. MacGregor...does anyone know where his house was located? May not have even been in Riverside Terrace.

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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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.

Thank you for looking that up...the antiques "house" is awesome, as well as the merchandise. I remember observing the area around the porte-cochere, there was a very small, narrow stairway leading to the 2nd story. I also recall a grand stairway w/ stained glass. I think I have a picture of that theater.

Guess Mr. MacGregor lived by the streetcar railway he promoted, in his early business ventures, before moving on to real estate.

Those Sanborn's are priceless.

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I haven't been around since Ike, I think, but anyway, I am glad that I re-visited this thread. I looked at the Google street level map and saw a lot of the old homes that I remembered and visited in on Laurel Drive. I found this site http://www.trulia.com/property-sitemap/TX/Houston/77021/Laurel_Drive/ to be extremely helpful to me. The last time I was on Laurel Drive, I thought that three of the most beautiful houses that I had ever seen were gone. They weren't. I might have been on the wrong block of Laurel. I saw them on the Google Map, then that website above told me the years they were built. There was only one built in the 1970's, the rest (what remain, they are not all there, unfortunately) are the original houses. With the exception of one, they sure looked bigger when I was a little girl!!!!!

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link: http://search.har.com/engine/3819-Macgregor-Way-Houston-TX-77021_HAR70855620.htm

I see that the house that sits on the bayou is up for sale. It was originally a 1950's mod, wonder if John Chase designed it. The living room is nice.

I passed by there yesterday. There was a wrecked, late model Jaguar sedan sitting underneath the house. Classy! :rolleyes:

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I passed by there yesterday. There was a wrecked, late model Jaguar sedan sitting underneath the house. Classy! :rolleyes:

That must be the upscale version of dogs under the porch. :lol:

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2506 Riverside Dr. was designed by Bailey A. Swenson in the year 1936 (AIA Arch. Guide). Where on earth is HAR getting it's information? "White-stucco surfaced, flat-roofed modern", mentions it was the first Ben Proler house. Wow, 1936, that was early for modern, wonder what the neighbors thought.

BTW, the block books are back.

http://books.tax.hct...7_61-1_0071.jpg

http://www.houstonpress.com/slideshow/the-forgotten-mansions-of-riverside-terrace-28379036/17/

here is a link showing the modern house, along with some other nice ones.

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Does anyone know about the house that stood at Calumet and Live Oak? J.R. Gonzales/ Bayou City history page (Facebook) is asking about it. Looks like it fell between 2006 and 2008. Henry Meyer lived there, per J.R.

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It's interesting to read this recent history of Riverside Terrace from 2008 and 2009. 

Overall I'd say things have gotten much better. Most of the homes that had been abandoned or were in bad shape have now been restored or replaced.

Sadly some of the developers who have built new homes in the area have built ugly stucco McMansions but overall Riverside Terrace has remained

one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Houston. We moved in two years ago, and since have seen quite a few makeovers and they have started and stopped

restoring the Weingartens mansion on McGregor east of Scott. I'm not sure what the current status is but fortunately it has been weathered in with new roof and windows.

H.E.B. has started construction on the new store at 288 and N. McGregor, and across the bayou a new  hospital is being built. Largest in the country for psychiatric care, to be 

run by UT and the state. With the growth of the med center and U.ofH. this area is definitely coming back into its own greatness. If you haven't been in the neighborhood in a while I highly recommend a drive through. Parkwood is one of the most beautiful areas with its ravines and beautiful mansions that ring the park. 

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To my knowledge it starts somewhere north of N MacGregor near Calumet and Live Oak and continues all along the southern border of S. MacGregor to Calhoun.

I live between Cullen and Scott on the south side on Fernwood. The section known as Parkwood has the most contours and a beautiful park

with a large ravine with beautiful homes on both sides. It lies just west of Scott. Del Rio is a good entry point to see the park.

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