CLEAR LAKE, Texas – Demolition crews on Thursday began tearing down the historic West Mansion in Clear Lake.
A KPRC 2 viewer drove by the massive house on NASA Parkway and snapped photos of an excavator tearing through the south side of the structure.
According to Preservation Texas, the 17,000-square-foot home was built in the late 1920s by lumber, oil and ranching tycoon James Marion West and his wife, Jessie Dudley. It was the focal point of their 30,000-acre ranch.
The home was designated as a Texas Historic Landmark in 1993 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
It was purchased by former Houston Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon several years ago. The Hall-of-Famer turned the house into an exclusive fashion boutique that could be shopped by appointment only.
There were rumors that Olajuwon was trying to sell the property to developers. Preservation Texas said those developers want to slice up the land on which the home sits.
According to the Harris County Appraisal District’s website, the home is currently owned by Olajuwon Farms LLC.