A Reprieve For What Counts As A Historic Houston Building

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

It's news!! A historic Houston building will not be torn down Yet, at least!!

Harris County Commissioners Court voted yesterday to belay the wrecking ball on the Hogan-AllnochDry Goods Building, which was likely to be torn down to make space for a Minute Maid Park parking garage.

Of course, this is Houston -- so when we say "historic," we mean not over 100 years old. The building in question generally is dated back to 1923, which means it's younger than Stan Lee.

The court voted to put off the sale for at least three months, in the hopes of finding someone who could pay a fair price and renovate it rather than wreck it. It's a second reprieve of sorts for the building.

County Judge Ed Emmett told the court: 

Obviously, we're not gonna let it go for some small percentage of what it's worth, because it is a downtown lot, and downtown lots are worth money to hold on to over time. But if we were to hold on to it and we have no potential use for the building, then it would make more sense for us to take the building down and just hold the lot. But if somebody else wants the building, then they now have another three months to come forward and make a proposal."

It's not much, but in Houston it's something.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.