HOUSTON -- He was a Houston icon who went from newspaper clerk to Houston Post publisher to the Governor of Texas whose name can be found on landmarks, streets and buildings throughout the bayou city.
On Sunday you can walk through his foyer and see, literally, the skeletons in his closet.
Hobby Manor is for sale at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd just south of the Texas Medical Center.
Built in 1929, and designed by famed Houston architect Harry D. Payne, the 6,300 square foot English Tudor Revival manor was the home of William P. Hobby.
The publisher of the Houston Post and 27th Governor of Texas lived in the mansion for a decade and four more owners have called the place home over the last 84 years. As of last week, it is officially on the market again with an asking price of $2,385,000.
“This is a piece of history,” said agent David Atkins with John Daugherty Real Estate.
The home which features its original slate roof, the governor’s cherry-paneled library/office, a chef’s kitchen, five bedrooms, a three-car garage and a governess suite, appears much as it did in 1929.
Sitting on a 31,000 square foot lot in the Braeswood subdivision in what at the time was the far southern edge of the city, Hobby Manor put the governor just four miles from his downtown office.
"He liked to entertain. The house was made for entertaining,” Atkins said.
The home, although updated with modern and ornate kitchens and bathrooms, still has many of its original lighting fixtures and the original wood floors.
”To be able to say that you live in the Hobby Manor is pretty nostalgic,” Atkins said.
That nostalgia also comes with a few surprises -- the upstairs master bedroom has a combination safe hidden in the master closet. Atkins said the previous two owners have not been able to open it. No one knows the combination. If the next owner can open it, and if there is anything inside, the new owner can have that too.
And in the foyer just inside the front door is a closet that originally held a 1920s era elevator. The elevator was removed and converted into a closet. The owners of the manor in the 1950s lined it with wallpaper: day-glo dancing skeletons. There’s no mention of ghosts in the manor but skeletons in at least one closet we can confirm.
“This house will sell itself,” Atkins said. “There's something to be said for that. To have guests come to your house and be able to entertain where the governor of Texas entertained.”
John Daugherty Realtors is entertaining offers and holding an open house on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.