Truxillo Gardens #1
Bart Truxillo, a key figure in the historic preservation movement in Houston and a co-founder of what is today Preservation Houston, died suddenly in 2017. Among his properties was one in our First Ward neighborhood, a 14,000 square foot lot with four small, historic houses on it, prominently located on Houston Avenue. When that property went up for sale, we feared the charming folk houses would be demolished for redevelopment, as too often happens.
So, we purchased the property ourselves, and are restoring the houses one by one. This is the first to be completed. We completely reworked the makeshift floor plan, and added a master bedroom at the rear. Yet most of the materials used, in particular the wainscoting on the walls and the windows and trim, are original to the house.
As of June 2019, work is under way on two more of the houses, and work on the fourth will begin toward the end of this year. All the houses will share the same paint scheme, roofing and fencing for a cohesive appearance. The project is named Truxillo Gardens to honor Bart’s memory.
PHOTOS BY Miro Dvorscak