An Air Conditioned Legacy
Courtlandt Manor — a "Wroxton Abbey" inspired development of 14 four-story townhomes — is set to break ground this summer at 411 Lovett Blvd., once the site of Houston's first home with central air conditioning and a longtime favorite venue for wedding receptions and social events.
Starting at $875,000, Courtlandt Manor townhomes will range from 2,906 square feet to 3,717 square feet. Design qualities include 11-foot-tall living room ceilings, hardwood or stone floors, decorative tile and custom cabinetry and lighting.
"Inspired by the breathtaking Wroxton Abby," officials at Croix Custom Homes, the builder, boast in a statement, "Courtlandt Manor offers buyers three distinctive interior options and eight custom floor plans that brilliantly blend charmingly classic elements with sleek, sophisticated designs."
The former mansion was later converted into a high-tech office building, with a total renovation completed in 2005.
"Croix Custom Homes is known for offering a wealth of amenities, and Courtlandt Manor is no exception," Mike Croix, president of Croix Custom Homes, said in a statement. "Game rooms, expansive garages, cocktail pools optional and rooftop terraces complete with a fireplace are only a few of the delights at Courtlandt Manor."
The sales center opening is scheduled for July 17; completion of the project is expected in February 2015.
The Bullock-City Federation Mansion, which met the wrecking ball earlier this year, was built in 1906 on that same site by oil entrepreneur Frank Bullock. The 5,000-square-foot structure sat on the 30,000-square-foot lot, with a gazebo for outdoor affairs. In 1926, Bullock had air conditioning installed. The decorative ceiling medallions from which the chandeliers hung were actually iron grates to hide the AC units.
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The City Federation of Women's Clubs purchased the house in 1948 for $60,000 to use for monthly club meetings and social events. The former mansion was later converted into a high-tech office building, with a total renovation completed in 2005.