Late last month, Tricon Homes purchased the Josephine apartments. Today, tenants' (and preservationists') worst fears were confirmed when the new owners handed out 60-day eviction notices.
Built in 1939, the Josephine (1744-1748 Bolsover) is featured on the Houston Deco website. It was designed by La Marque architect F. Perry Johnston, who also designed the partially-Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Jackson County Courthouse. It has been home to countless Rice students over the generations, and a few years back, it was the birthplace of James Glassman's Houstorian blog. And now it is going the way of all bricks and mortar in this the most relentlessly anti-historic of cities.
New owners Tricon have not announced plans for the site, but if the past is any indication, they will build something like this.
Or maybe this.
Soon-to-be-former Josephine resident Ramon Medina, who could not be reached for further comment, had this to say earlier today on his Facebook page:
"Hats off Houston, soon you will be overrun with all the overpriced luxury apartments and townhouses you deserve."