1812 State

The large faux-Victorian house now at 1812 State Street was built in the early 2000's on lot 5 and the east half of lot 4 and replaced a 19th century house on lots 4 and 5 that had been moved to 1807 Decatur in 1999.

A large 1-story ell-wing Folk Victorian cottage was built in about 1889 at 1812 State Street by Christina Whyte.  In 1906 it was purchased by Philip Helfrich, who worked as an engineer in the Houston Water Works.  He lived there until his death in 1937 and his wife Margaret lived in the house until 1951.  The roof was replaced in the early 1920’s to its current bungalow style.  The house was moved in 1999 to its present location at 1807 Decatur and is the office of Harry Gendel, an architect.  He and his wife Diane received a Good Brick Award in 2000 for their restoration of the house.  In 2017 they completed construction of their current residence at 1814 State Street, where the Helfrich house was formerly located.

Philip Helfrich's daughter Margaret Westerman was for many years the city secretary, and the city hall annex is named for her.  His daughter-in-law Ella Helfrich created the Tunnel of Fudge Bundt cake, which won second place in the 1966 National Pillsbury Bake-Off contest.


1807 Decatur aka 1811 State

Made 26 Jul 1973 for appraisal purposes.  Courtesy Harris Co. Archives.

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