|The Houston Chronicle ran this teaser photo, but it showed photos of the present-day mansion, which is not the mansion with which local people are still firmly if not increasingly obsessed. |
Photo screengrabbed from this Houston Chronicle article.
|That would be this mansion, the original as built by murdered owner Bill List. To make a long story short, List was a wealthy business owner who was shot to death by a few of the young men he had recruited to stay with him and whom he had allegedly molested sexually. |
Photo screengrabbed from this Travelers Today article.
|I took this Flickr photo and attempted to photo process it to make it look more like I personally remember the mansion. There's not enough dynamic range remaining in the faded photo for me to do it justice, but I remember the brick having stronger orange tones and contrast than the Flickr photos and most of the other historical photos show.|
|There's even this YouTube video which is a snippet from an obscure indie film shot (pun intended) within the mansion. The movie does have an IMDB listing. |
Image screengrabbed from the YouTube snippet.
|Tell me that there are not now a bunch of inner-loop residential lofts selling for $400,000 that bear a certain curious resemblance to this facade. |
Screengrabbed from this site.
|If you doubt me on that point, here is your head-slapping "HOLY SH****TTT!!!" moment of truth. |
Stacked stone landscaping photo from this post.
That's my theory and I'm sticking to it. Thirty years after he was murdered, Bill List is still way, way, WAY ahead of his time. But with the internet and social evolution being what they are, that may very well change. I hope so because, criminal elements notwithstanding, he deserves more visionary credit in death than he ever received in life.