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Houston Chronicle Features Historic Preservation Fund's Freedmen's Town Shotgun Rehab Project


Old Growth Ventures was featured on the front page of the Houston Chronicle for our upcoming Victor St Historic Shotgun Rehab Project in Freedmen's Town.

The project, acquired in 2019 and expected to complete in 2020, is designed to restore the last row of original iconic shotgun houses in Houston's first African American community, and since 1983 a National Register Historic District.

The Victor St Shotgun Row houses, the last of their kind in Houston's first African American district, are included in Houston's Architectural Guide, and had been the subject of high profile efforts to save them until Old Growth Ventures acquired the houses and committed the funds to a historic rehabilitation.

The project is part of Old Growth Ventures' Historic Preservation Fund I, backed by over a dozen Houston real estate families, and follows on projects in Old Sixth Ward and the Historic Heights. It will involve small additions and a complete historic rehabilitation done carefully to National Park Service Rehabilitation standards with oversight from the Texas Historical Commission and National Park Service, and support from advisors at Preservation Houston and the City of Houston Historic Preservation Office.

Project plans, historic research, and materials from the project will be donated to and become part of the permanent collection of African American Library at the Gregory School.

"We are excited to ensure these 100 year old iconic houses will serve as homes for another 4 generations of Houston families," said Neal Dikeman, OGV founder and General Partner of the Historic Preservation Fund I, LP. "We are expecting to save 1,000 historic houses in Houston before we are done. We've proven that historic rehabilitation is better for affordability, sustainability, preservation, and community."