LOCATION OF GILCHRIST, TEXAS HOUSE – SOME CLUES.

Please note north arrow.  House is marked with a blue dot.

Please note north arrow. House is marked with a blue dot. Source = Google Earth

Many people interested in a web-log topic forget to check the comments.  A very kind person responded to my questions about the lone house shown in the photo I posted yesterday.  His is one of the comments which you can click upon if you go to the original posting. I have asked the contributor if he minds my posting his comments in the main body of the blog so fewer people will miss it.  I have not yet received a reply but remember, just go to comments and you can read his input.

In my opinion it was especially kind of him to respond in light of the fact that his structure, to the east a little further down the highway and on the other side was swept away.  Even though it apparently was not his permanent residence, it is still very painful to suffer such a loss, particularly, as in his case, when it was a place of many fond family memories.  So, my heart goes out to him.  In my opinion, it would be best for you to read his input before moving on with this.

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Apparently, the reason why I could not find the house in last night’s extensive search is because the aerial views available show the structure before it was vastly improved in what was probably a storm-related remodeling.

His cues for identifying the house were the two whitish areas to the east which are slabs of structures no longer there.  Julie’s Market marks the location of the pad on the same side of the highway as the house.  I have it marked in the image.  Notice the diagonal edge on the northwest corner of the slab and the match for the shape of Julie’s in the Google Earth image.  He points out that the patch of dark vegetation west of Julie’s can be seen in both the picture and on Google maps.

I think his zeroing in on Church Street and the house is accurate and his explanation for why the house looks different now is probably right on.  Remember, this man has spent a lot of time over several years in this area.  I expect that, just like my house in Homestead was rebuilt after Andrew and improved in the process, both structurally and architecturally, this house in Gilchrist probably underwent the same after it was damaged during Rita.  We went from a conventional gable end roof to a Boston hip so, just as this house does, our former house looks altogether different in the aerial image.  The remodeled version of the house which you see in the photograph from yesterday’s post (below) has dormers added.  They could very well be false dormers or dormer skylights.  That is what I was looking for last night during my search.

I also think he is correct about the wall.  When I zoomed down upon it very close with Google Earth, it appears to be wider than a conventional fence.  It might have been made of cement block.  Anyway, it’s gone now but perhaps it did provide protection at a critical time before being undercut.  I think he might have gotten a little mixed up in his reference to Rollover.  I found 4 versions of Rollover and those roadways are adjacent to each other and well east of the house site.  But everything else computes for me.  Of course I’ll leave it to you to decide.

Wouldn’t it be interesting to get input from the actual owner of the house?  I’d like to know what measures will be necessary in order to re-occupy the structure and whether or not he/she or they plan to do just that.

LATE BREAKING INPUT!  A READER FOUND THIS PHOTO IN A SEARCH AND HAS SUGGESTED THAT BEING ON SLIGHTLY HIGHER GROUND MIGHT HAVE BEEN A FACTOR IN SAVING THIS HOUSE!  INTERESTING!  SEE THE IMAGE BELOW:

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4 comments so far

  1. Trina Rodriguez on

    This is my moms house. She left the house Friday morning around 3:30 with her two dogs in her arms and her husband Warren putting the last board on the front doors she kissed the house and said I will see you soon. It’s the grace of god that the house is still there. It’s not because of the builder because it took two builders and my mom and her husband to make that house what it was. I think that someone is watching over my family. My mom is a cancer survivor and so is her Warren, all they want is to live at the beach. All my mom talked about was sitting on the deck and watching the waves in the gulf.

  2. Andrea on

    He is correct. The house was a few streets east of Rollover. Rollover is the “bridge.”

  3. LOUISE FREDERICK on

    WE LIVED ON HAMM RD IN GILCHRIST, AND I DON’T BELEIVE IT WAS BUILDING CODES THAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE. MY DAD BUILT OUR CABIN IN 59 AND IT WAS BRACED SO WELL I DIDN’T THINK IT WOULD EVERY GO. AND IT HAS BEEN THROUGH A LOT OF STORMS. HAD WATER TOUCHING BOTTOM OF CAMP A LOT OF TIME. AND IT DIDN’T MOVE.THE LADY BEHIND US LOST HER CAMP IN ANOTHER STORM AND FEMA CAME IN AND WAS BUILDING HER ANOTHER ONE, IT WAS TALL, IT HAD LARGE ,LARGE,POLES AND WAS ALMOST FINISHED, WHEN IKE CAME, TOOK HER CAMP AND HER, AND HER DOGS, SHE WOULD NOT LEAVE,. I THINK YOU OWN THE LAND AND PAY TAXES, SO YOU SHOULD HAVE WHAT YOU WANT BUILT, THE CORP OF ENGINEERS ARE A JOKE.

  4. Bruce Milne on

    If you want the best odds of your home surviving a hurricane, build it with steel and very strong supports. We have several homeowner accounts and stories. We have never had one of our homes that are built in hurricane and/or tornado prone areas destroyed or severely damaged. The people and industry who build with wood do not want this idea to become popular. Affordability? We are now at same price level as wood, plus we can have the frame, roof, siding, walls all up in less than 3 weeks! Lower insurance costs as another benefit plus you would never have to worry about termites, mold, or rot. Hard to beat.


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