This Week in Demolition: Things start to get back to normal with a 30s bungalow in Upper Kirby

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This week in demolition things start to get back to normal. I hope you’re seeing a return to normalcy for you and yours as we transition back into everyday life. Our demolition report for the week also sees a return to normalcy. Featuring a few houses in Garden Oaks, tons of older houses that were in such rough shape they were never listed, a set of duplexes in Montrose, and a 1930s Bungalow. Getting down to brass tacks we really only have two houses worth focusing on this week. First off is 5827 Kuldell which is a really nicely updated 50s ranch style. While Houston has no shortage of 50s ranch style homes, these nicer kept examples are harder to find. It also looks like the house had a few upgrades from the start like the patio, and some added later like the built-in bookshelves.

Getting to the main attraction we find ourselves at 2132 Colquitt which is part of the Westlawn Terrace neighborhood in Upper Kirby. Think behind the Little Pappasitos, so Upper Kirby is no exaggeration. The original house is quite attractive, with wonderful brickwork, including original arches, along with some tasteful updates like smaller framed windows, and a tasteful new door. The modest updates continue inside in the first few rooms, but the further back you go the more you start to realize this house has been plagued with a poorly done 90s update. I’ll let the readers decide what the most telling features are, but my votes are cast for the “masterbathroom, the upper level of the bungalow being called a finished attic, or the deck built around an old growth tree that probably killed it. Maybe you think it’s the huge unfinished exterior wall, the weird open concept garage apartment, and pool that didn’t ever pan out? Before we go any further, let me say that I’m not ripping into these people for their house. When the upgrades were done in all these decisions made sense for whatever this homeowner had in mind, my point is that not every 1930s Bungalow is still a gem. While it is worth trying to save and appreciate our older houses in Houston, maybe it’s for the best this one is being demolished.

These envelopes have been hermetically sealed in a mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnalls’ porch since noon today… Kim Kardashian, Joan Rivers, and This House… Name three things with more updates than your iPhone! Photo Source:

This is a list of the buildings which received a City of Houston demolition permit the week before this post.

Residential Structures
7355 Jutland Rd, Houston, TX 77033– South Park Addition
1632 Lamonte Ln, Houston, TX 77018– Oak Forest, Photos
7838 Pecan Villas Dr, Houston, TX 77061– Pecan Villas
5767 Heron Dr, Houston, TX 77033– Edgewood Terrace
10 Legend Ln, Houston, TX 77024– Sleepy Hollow Woods, Photo
7126 Avenue L, Houston, TX 77011– Magnolia Park, Photos
13924 Reo St, Houston, TX 77040– Fairbanks
5826 Pate Rd, Houston, TX 77016– Bristol Place
858 Prosper St, Houston, TX 77088– Lincoln City, Horse Adjacent
2132 Colquitt St, Houston, TX 77098– Westlawn Terrace, 1935 Bungalow, Updates 1990s, Photos
3643 Aberdeen Way, Houston, TX 77025– Braes Heights, 1950s Ranch
4706 Maxie St, Houston, TX 77007– Brunner, 1920s Bungalow
407 N 80th St Houston, TX 77012– Magnolia Park
613 Oakley St, Houston, TX 77006– Montrose, 4 unit duplexes, Photo
7633 Bellingham Dr, Houston, TX 77028– Glen Manor
3322 Memel St, Houston, TX 77026– Kashmere Gardens
7006 Schiller St, Houston, TX 77055– Pine Terrace, 1950s Cottage, Photos
2307 Russell St, Houston, TX 77026– Fifth Ward
9003 Knoxwood St, Houston, TX 77016– Daly Andrew
3747 Glen Haven Blvd, Houston, TX 77025– Braes Heights, Renderings
3410 Baer St, Houston, TX 77020– Cage, Horrible Condition
3408 Baer St, Houston, TX 77020– Cage, 1930s, Photo
5018 Cosby St, Houston, TX 77021– Macgregor Terrace
5827 Kuldell Dr, Houston, TX 77074– Robindell, 1950s Ranch Style, Photos
6221 Brook Lea Ave, Houston, TX 77087– Golfview Manor
1415 Pleasantville Dr, Houston, TX 77029– Pleasentville
5615 Chantilly Ln, Houston, TX 77092– Oak Forest, Photos
7434 Bigwood St, Houston, TX 77016– Scenic Woods, Check out that neighbor!

Non-Residential Structures
717 Rosine St, Houston, TX 77019– Accents in Steel HAIF Thread
1818 W Tidwell Rd, Houston, TX 77091– United Faith Baptist Church
2203 Judiway St, Houston, TX 77018– Oak Forest Lumber