West Mansion being razed; Pasadena officials do not know what is next for the site

The historic James and Jessie West Mansion at 3303 NASA Parkway, Pasadena, is being razed.

The owner, Olajuwon Farms LLC, last week pulled permits to disconnect the mansion’s sewer system. This week, the owner pulled a permit to demolish the site, and crews started tearing the building down Nov. 21, said Natalie Herrera, real estate land use planner for Pasadena.

“The city does not know what is next for the site,” she said.

Herrera said she assumed the owner has decided to sell the property.

West Mansion became a Texas Historic Landmark in 1993 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994, which gave the building certain protections. Those protections expired in 2014, Herrera said.

Residents on Facebook have expressed sadness, anger and surprise at the building’s demolition.

“It was [a surprise] to us, too,” Herrera said. “It’s not well-received.”

According to Preservation Texas, West Mansion is a 17,000-square-foot house that lumber, oil and ranching tycoons James and Jessie West had built for their 30,000-acre ranch in 1930.
By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.