Old Rock House on James Ave.
Posted 02 July 2004 - 08:09 AM
The house itself was made of brownish colored natural rock and had a large fireplace chimney in the front. The approximate location of the house was in the area on the west side of James Ave. between the southwest corner of Greenbriar park and Loop-820/I-20. As I recall it was essentially facing the entrance to Sharondale Ave. on the opposite side of James.
Does anyone know what happened to the house? When was it torn down? Did the small church complex take over the land where it was situated? I wonder what the history of this place was all about? I was pretty young at the time our friends lived there, and didn't have a sense of history about it or the surrounding area. From what I remember, it seems like it may have been a ranch house before the area was developed. As big as the house was, I suspect the ranch would have been a pretty big operation.
Posted 01 June 2011 - 02:28 PM
It would be very interesting to learn of the history of this place such as who built it, when, etc.
Posted 01 June 2011 - 04:02 PM
The house did sit directly across James from the end of Sharondale. I also remembered that it was there until fairly recent times. I first went to Historicaerials.com and discovered that it was in place until the 1990's. In the 1990 photograph, it was standing, and by 2001, a new building was on the site. You are correct in that the property has a new church complex on it. The church is a Jehovah's Witness Congregation. The church purchased the property in 1995 and according to tax records, the current building was built in 1998. You are also correct in that it was a child care center before the church purchased the home.
As for the history, I don't know anything. It was always the big rock house on the hill ever since I was a kid. Maybe some others would have some historical background on the house.
Posted 01 June 2011 - 05:53 PM
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