Restoration Committee at Pumpkin House
The Houston Heights Association's Restoration and Historical Committee will meet at what is known as the Pumpkin House (fitting a week before Thanksgiving, don't you think?), 1648 Harvard, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night.
In addition to the standard meeting showcasing the host home, the meeting will also include a discussion on what can be done to save the endangered Immanuel Lutheran Church sanctuary.
Sounds like a lively time, especially because the Pumpkin House is one of the most visible examples of how an eye toward preservation can enhance not only your personal property here in the Heights, but also the neighborhood as a whole. It's been said before and it needs saying again, historic preservation is in everyone's best interest. An awareness of your history enriches us all.
Here's the e-mail about the meeting from committee head Dean Swanson:
Included below are the following:
1. The announcement of this week's Thursday HHA Restoration Meeting and
2. A Preservation Alert & Call To Action about the destruction of the historic Immanuel Lutheran Church sanctuary at 15th and Cortlandt in the Houston Heights (photo below). This building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a contributing structure in the Houston Heights Historic District East.
How can you help to save this building: Register your opposition directly with the church, the number is (713) 864-2651 and leave a message for the Rector.
HHA Restoration/Historic Committee Chair
Phone: (713) 880-2832
1. The next Houston Heights Association Restoration/Historical Committee meeting will be held at 1648 Harvard St. on Thursday, November 19th from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. This home is a fine example of a Queen Anne Victorian rendition home painted with colors researched and applied from that period. Though it was built in 1991 by a pioneer of the Heights neighborhood revival, this "painted lady" does complement other beautiful original vintage homes nearby and it is representative of what the Houston Heights was at one time. Intricate trim and woodwork utilizes 7 distinct paint colors. Added reproduction stained glass, period lighting, inlaid floors and carved mantels add distinct touches to this home. In keeping with the holiday season this home will have multiple Christmas trees for all to see. Another unique feature to be seen is the New Orleans style brick courtyard including flagstone and gas lamps with a fireplace.
This meeting will highlight an unusual example of a reproduction home in the Houston Heights. Overall, meeting attendees will see first hand what beauty and character can be maintained in the Heights historic neighborhood using modern construction techniques. For those interested in seeing one of the beautiful reproduction homes of the Height era this meeting will be a must. Also, for those wanting to talk with a couple that brought their memories of Louisiana living into their backyard courtyard this will be a most enjoyable evening.
The Houston Heights Restoration/Historical Committee meetings are open to the public quarterly to learn about history and restoration in keeping with the appreciation of the historic nature of the Houston Heights. Please let Committee Chairman, Dean Swanson, know if you have a restoration project, historical structure under restoration or historical information or photos pertaining to the Heights to share at future meetings.
Dean can be contacted at E-mail email@example.com or telephone (713) 880-2832 .
2. PRESERVATION ALERT AND CALL TO ACTION:
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From: "Janice Evans-Davis"
I have some very sad news to share. Immanuel Luthern Church is seeking a demo permit for its old sanctuary at 15th and Cortlandt. This building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a contributing structure in the Houston Heights Historic District East. The church has no plans for the property once the building is gone. The stated reason for wanting to bulldoze is that they don't think it is right to just let the building sit there and deteriorate. They have said the church does not have the money needed to renovate and make needed repairs. The possibility of demolition surfaced in 2002 and possibly another time 15 or so years ago. Each time the church backed away. Church leadership has shown a willingness to talk about possible alternatives. These alternatives might include selling the property, a lot lease or seeking grant funds. However, any plan would need the approval of the congregation. The church has agreed to let a group inside the building.
Here's how you can help: Register your opposition directly with the church, the number posted on the notice is 713-864-2651.
We are just seeing too many demolitions - an indication of what we already know, the city's historic preservation ordinance is nothing but a speed bump. In many instances, we are able to find buyers who will preserve. Unfortunately, owners are often not willing sellers. As we near election day, find out where the candidates stand on this issue. Hold their feet to the fire and make them explain exactly how they would go about establishing real protection.
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