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Location DB > United States > Texas > Garland > The Condemned House
The Condemned House
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created by Explorer Zero on 7/5/2005 11:00 PM
last modified by Explorer Zero on 7/25/2014 1:49 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Just a little 1400 sq ft frame house on 3.7 acres with a garage and a shed. It was somebody's home.

Before the area was developed there were open fields, pasture for horses or cows. A perennial creek flowing with clear clean water. And groves of giant pecan trees some a lot older than this house.
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Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information

Garland, Texas
United States
Owner: City of Garland
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • unsafe flooring
  • air quality
  • nails glass other debris and wasps
  •  Interesting Features
    An old style farm house with traces of a past life surrounded by yuppie sub-divisions.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1948
    Closed: 2004
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    I used to know this area well but it has changed a lot. The landscape I drive through now seems foreign to me. Golf courses have replaced horse farms. Where antique auto salvage yards once stood half million dollar homes spread like the sunflowers and milkweed that once carpeted the meadows here. The creeks and woods where we hunted and fished, now jogging paths and manicured green-spaces. Even the old two lane blacktop road is different now. Its been moved over bypassed and widened into a miniature expressway for all those miniature S.U.V. drivers.

    Once upon a time houses like this were scattered all over this part of Dallas county. Ive watched them swallowed up one by one as the developers erase 50 60 even 75 years in a matter of minutes. Well thats progress. This little house is of no particular interest or significance other than it may be one of if not THE last of its kind in this area. And it has a date with the backhoe.

    As I drove today by and saw progress threatening from next door I felt the need to pull over and shoot a few snapshots before its gone. On the front door hidden behind the particle board scraps sealing it off from the rest of the world was a notice of condemnation by the city. The structure looks like it was perfectly habitable until just recently.

    UPDATE: its demolished, landscaped and nothing remains of it now. Just a median between the main road and upscale housing development
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     Future Plans
    Row after row of trendy upscale tract homes for the upwardly mobile young urban professionals and their 2.5 children per household.

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    Wed, Jul 6th, 2005
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 7/29/2014 2:12 AM.

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  • on Jul 29 14 at 2:12, Steed validated this location
  • on Jul 25 14 at 13:49, Explorer Zero changed the following: History
  • on Jul 25 14 at 13:47, Explorer Zero changed the following: Interesting Features, Future Plans, Description
  • on Jul 25 14 at 13:32, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Gated community?
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