Inside Pearland's Mystery Mansion
On the second floor, unfinished bedroom after unfinished bedroom flanks the main hall. It's not even worth counting how many there are after a while. The thought that no one could ever need this much house has become completely pervasive at this point. Especially when -- according to public records -- Dr. Watkins only had a very small family consisting of a wife and one son.
Back downstairs, past the media room (which has the makings of a snack bar and all the can lights and wiring in place -- the entire place is completely wired with CAT-5 lines, in fact) and rooms of an undetermined nature, back into the sunlight of the foyer, you feel as if you're coming back above ground from being in a subterranean cavern. The oddly low ceilings throughout coupled with the dearth of windows lends a discomforting feeling, especially in such a large house.
What became of the house after Dr. Watkins abandoned it and went on to build the halfling mansion next door isn't a matter of public record, suffice to say it's a bizarre story of its own that deserves to be told one day.
What will happen to the houses is anyone's guess. The bank that owns both houses has had a feasibility study performed to determine whether or not they would be appropriate for group homes or assisted living facilities. Having been inside, it seems like the most fitting application for at least the larger of the two, if not both. It's difficult to imagine why someone in their right mind would build what is -- essentially -- the world's largest shotgun shack (or, more to the point, what architect conceived of this monstrosity as a residence). But it's not at all difficult to picture these two buildings on this serene piece of land housing elderly or assisted care patients one day.
For additional images from the house, head over to our slideshow.