One of the most iconic homes in Houston’s Heights, a rare Victorian mansion built in 1892 and owned by beloved preservationist, Bart Truxillo, has hit the market. “Everyone and their brother is trying to see it,” says realtor Amy Lynch Kolflat, who posted the listing and was “dear friends” with Truxillo, who died suddenly last year of a brain aneurysm.
The home, located at 1802 Harvard St. and priced at $2.28 million, is a City of Houston landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The five-bedroom property sits on a 21,120-square-foot corner lot and features a carriage house, guest house, a pool, and even basement living. Another distinguishing feature is the aviary, which housed Truxillo’s 50 finches, 20 doves, “and all those heirloom chickens,” adds Kolflat with a laugh.
Preservation buffs and historians will delight in the home’s status as the only spec home built by Omaha and South Texas Land Company, the original developers of Houston Heights. “If there was a model home for The Heights, this would be it,” says Kolflat, says of the estate designed by architect George Barber.
Truxillo was a giant of Houston’s preservation movement, gaining notoriety for restoring downtown’s Magnolia Brewery. He owned several properties and his recent estate sale “had people wrapped down around the driveway in line,” recalls Kolflat.
The realtor, who recalls driving Truxillo around during last year’s Art Car Parade in her popular “Zebra Car,” says that her friend’s home is a living legacy to his passion and a beacon to the historic neighborhood. “When you see that house, you know you’re in The Heights.”