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Ever Wondered What the Blue House Next to Minute Maid Park Is?

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When walking from your car to Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, you can’t help but notice that there’s a large old house located a block away from the massive baseball stadium. It looks completely out of place in terms of its residential feel and architecture, but it must be there for a reason. So what is that two-story blue house doing next to the field?

The structure is called the Cohn House. Houston Public Media explains that the neighborhood around Minute Maid Park was once the city’s “…first upscale neighborhood,” Quality Hill. It was built in 1905 by Arthur B. Cohn who worked for Rice University back when it was called the Rice Institute.

The Victorian home moved around, and from Rusk Street, it was relocated to its new location on the Avenida De Las Americas several years ago. ABC 13 says that the City of Houston bought the old home which survived demolition time and time again in order to make a nice heritage center right next to the baseball field.

The chief development officer for Houston First, Peter McStravick, told the news, “Unfortunately, the oil and gas industry and the markets did not hold their value. So we decided to go ahead and postpone the project.” But that doesn’t mean the Cohn House won’t have a shot at a new life soon. “They are discussing plans for its use and anticipate making a decision in the next 18 to 24 months,” ABC 13 explains.

Did you ever come up with any interesting or wild theories about the house while speculating with friends? Lots of people love to dream up backstories for people and places that intrigue us. The Cohn House has undoubtedly been the subject of more than a few yarns and tall tales over the years. Let us hear your wildest story!