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Au Revoir, Josephine

New owners hand out eviction notices at 75-year-old moderne Boulevard Oaks apartment building.

By John Nova Lomax May 8, 2014

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."

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