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Here are short obituaries for two cottages obliterated since I began this project, and about one cottage that was torn down last year before The Cottages Project.

The first one at 501 West Drew took me by surprise. No one was upset to see the ugly apartments next door to it disappear but the little cottage was to become part of the builder’s project so it had to go, too. I look at this picture and how nice the columns were on the porch, and how nice the siding looked. I hope a lot of it was salvaged.

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501 West Drew

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The next one at 2110 Converse, I was not devastated to see go because sad-to-say it had been in disrepair for so long that it needed a structural overhaul. I had been inside the house. There was cardboard on the ceiling (instead of ceiling) There were rags stuffed between the walls and floors where you could see the outside through the huge crack. Most of the interior walls had been rearranged, so were not original. The only thing original to the house that was visible inside were the stairs, and a lot of the railing had been removed. When it rained water came through from the upstairs to the downstairs (hence the cardboard). The outside siding was full of holes so that you could see the inside of the inside walls. The back door was permanently ajar because it could not close.

2110 Converse

2110 Converse

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The back of the house.

The back of the house.

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When I saw this next cottage the first time I thought it was so pretty. I loved the sea-glass color with the white trim and the gingerbread. The wrap-around porch was lovely. I met someone who had seen the inside of it and said the floors were original and in great shape. It had just been painted inside when the tractors came to rip it to shreds. The address was Crocker and West Drew.

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Walking the neighborhood one day I saw the “For Sale” signs at two cottages, side by side. The next week they were gone. This is now what is going up on the one lot. All this was quick. So fast I have no pictures of those two cottages. SAM_0826_0396

As you peruse the cottages below and on previous posts, you’ll note that each one is unique, at least on the outside. Some are the same, but you wouldn’t know it unless you saw the inside. Even a hundred years ago the neighborhood developers were building copies of houses. They would change them up with different porch configurations. There are even some houses in East Montrose that were mail-ordered out of the Sears and Roebuck catalog, the parts shipped here by train and assembled on the property. The average price for a two-story home from the Sears catalog was around $5,000 in 1903.

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In each of my groups of cottage pictures there are cottages that I know will be torn down within weeks. I’ll keep you updated.

Please note as you look how the majority of cottages are lovingly well-kept. It isn’t easy to keep a hundred-plus year old house well-kept.

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One day while on a walk I noted two cottages side by side that had “for sale” signs in the front yard. The next time I walked past they were tearing the cottages down. So I thought, why not put pictures up of all the cottages still existing. I’m not adding addresses because that isn’t cool. Unless the cottage is torn down, then I will add the address as a requiem.

This is the first set of cottage pictures for you to look at and hope it isn’t the last time to see them. More will follow as I make my way around the neighborhood.

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This is a new old house. You can see the mix of old and newer townhouses behind it.

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This may be the house that was Cary Grant's favorite home in Houston. It feels Art Deco in style.

On the corner of Taft and Fairview there are several restaurants.

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My son and I went to Graffiti. I’ve had their fish tacos (twice) and today my son ordered the stuffed chicken breast. He said it was “awesome”.

The thing I love to order is the ‘Tres Leches Iced Coffee’. It is like a dessert with plenty of caffeine. There are several other restaurants and “dives” nearby and I’ll report back as I try them.

Graffiti is dog friendly. So walk over and bring your best pal to dine outside and enjoy the flowers and the action from Reeves Antiques, the bike shop, and more. I’ll post some pictures soon.

Graffiti is housed in a Victorian built in 1910. The house was built from a kit that was ordered from a Sears Catalog

Graffiti is housed in a Victorian built in 1910. The house was built from a kit that was ordered from a Sears Catalog

I've heard several people comment that this Mexico City Restaurant is wonderful.

I’ve heard several people comment that this Mexico City Restaurant is wonderful.

Max's Wine Dive isn't finished yet. But there is one on Washington and it is quite popular.

Max’s Wine Dive isn’t finished yet. But there is one on Washington and it is quite popular.

Le Boheme is a wine bar with a food menu.

Le Boheme is a wine bar with a food menu.

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