There are a lot of reasons to live in The Heights. We've published something like 110 posts on this blog. Since most of our posts highlight positive things about The Heights, we're talking more than a hundred reasons to live here (and we're just getting started!).
One of the things we haven't talked too much about is the historic nature of our neighborhood. Our streets have history. Our homes have wisdom. I take immense pleasure in knowing that my house (built in 1930) connects my family to the families that have come before us and will continue to connect us to the families that come after us.
I live in Proctor Plaza, which is essentially the triangular area east of Studewood, south of Cavalcade, and north of 11th Street. Our neighborhood is a designated Historic District. Our neighborhood association goes to great lengths to maintain the historical integrity of our neighborhood.
I received an e-mail from the president of the Proctor Plaza Neighborhood Association about a proposed demolition in our historic neighborhood. I know this house personally because my friend seriously considered buying it after her house was destroyed in Hurricane Ike. My friend said the house was in need of renovation, but she was excited about the restoration process. In the end, she decided to purchase a nearby house that had more space (including an artist studio and a guest house in the backyard).
Here's what the president of the Proctor Plaza Neighborhood Association says about it:
If you have driven around the neighborhood lately, you will notice a large sign in the yard of 801 Pizer. This request is for a TOTAL TEAR DOWN! We were friends with the former owner, Gladys Foyt, and have been in the home on a number of occasions and can tell you this house does not meet the qualifications of a tear down. To qualify, a house has to be dilapidated or dangerous. As a historic district, it is imperative that of perfectly good homes be stopped!There will be a public hearing on Thursday November 19th, but IT IS NOT THE LOCATION LISTED ON THEIR YARD SIGN. It has changed to be a block away at 611 Walker Street in the 6th floor conference room at 3pm. This is the tall gray building that is located on Walker between Smith and Louisiana streets.If you are outraged (and I hope you are) PLEASE contact Betty Trapp Chapman or Thomas McWhorter at the following:Betty Trapp Chapman, Chairperson, Archaeological and Historical CommissionorAll e-mails will be read at the commission meeting. Cover 'em up with paper!!!
Thomas McWhorter, Sr. Planner
City of Houston
Planning and Development Department
Office of Historic Preservation
611 Walker, 6th Floor
Houston, Tx 77002
Kathy Cameron, President
Proctor Plaza Neighborhood Association