Saturday, December 30, 2017

1111 East Seventh St.

In early November, HARC approved a request to demolish this house, located at 1111 East Seventh St. The owners of the house, which was built around 1915, claimed it would be too expensive to restore it. The house was listed as a "high priority" property on the city's latest Historical Resource Survey because of its unique "I-house" floorplan.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Main Street

This used to be a cute Victorian cottage on Main Street. Someone is putting on a huge addition that will totally change the exterior of the house. I am amazed someone is able to get away with such a major change to the exterior of a house in a National Register Historic District.

3rd and Rock Streets

Some huge new condominiums or something are going up at the corner of 3rd and Rock streets. Meanwhile, right next door on 3rd Street, the historic Louis P. Imhoff House continues to sit vacant in one of the worst cases of "demolition by neglect" I have seen in Georgetown.

905 College Street

Governor Sam Houston's daughter, Elizabeth Houston Morrow, lived in this house at 905 College Street during the late 1890s. It fell into disrepair in the 21st century, but according to the Williamson County Sun, it was recently purchased and renovated by Mike Vogler. I am so glad to see this house renovated - I always thought it had a lot of potential!

810 Rock Street

An old garage at 810 Rock St. was demolished last month to make room for a four-story, 12-unit condominium project called the Lofts on Rock.

Gone Forever

After it was partially destroyed by a fire in December 2016, the owner of the historic P.J. Anderson House at 8th and Church streets promised to rebuild. However, last month the house was torn down. Two houses on this block of Church Street that have been town down since I
moved to Georgetown. We are losing historic houses at an alarming rate due to neglect and other factors. In addition to missing this beautiful historic house, I will miss the restaurant that was in it!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Fire at the P.J. Anderson House

One of my favorite houses in Old Town - and one of my favorite restaurants - was damaged by a fire just before the holiday. The P.J. Anderson house is located on Church Street and has been home to several restaurants since I have lived in Georgetown. The latest restaurant there was Eats on 8th, which we just went to for my birthday this year. I hope the owner is able to rebuild - and reopen the restaurant!