Montrose Icon Mary's to Remain, in Some Form

Categories: Spaced City

marysmural052511.jpg
The mural is gone but the building may remain.
It's been quite awhile since iconic gay bar Mary's has closed its Westheimer Road doors, and a lot of people have given up hope that the building will be saved.

OutSmart is reporting, though, that things might be looking up: The building has an owner who is pledging that "there's no way we'll demolish that building."

That owner is Bobby Heugel of Anvil fame. He and his partners are opening new places in the nearby former Chances site, and have purchased the Mary's property for parking.

They will have to tear down the house at the back because it's too far gone to stay, but they tell OutSmart they are looking for ideas on how best to use the Mary's building.

"We are going to use the backside as extra parking for [new businesses] Hay Merchant and Underbelly, but we are going to save Mary's," Heugel said. "We want to pay tribute to the property, and we are reaching out to the community for ideas. It's a win-win situation for the community and the neighborhood."

And yes, he says they've done their due diligence about whether there are any bodies buried in the back. The bar was home to many ceremonies celebrating the lives of those who died of AIDS or other causes, and many ashes were scattered in the back. But no bodies.

My Voice Nation Help
7 comments
Imnobuddy
Imnobuddy

I'm glad the building is going to remain there. I'd like to be able to just be there. 1/4 of my late lover's ashes are on the property.

outsmarted
outsmarted

You are going to Outsmart for gay news?  You reported more gay news in "The Mayor of Montrose" article last week than Outsmart has reported since its inception.  It has no journalistic principles.  It is more of an ad rag than a news mag.

Duce630
Duce630

I wish the mural was still there.

Wyatt
Wyatt

"We are going to use the backside..."

ahem

Kyle Nielsen
Kyle Nielsen

Some little monster graffiti'ed over the cat, the final memory of the mural.

Ahem
Ahem

HPress was celebrating street graffiti artists just last month. What's your problem? You believe in SOME property rights? The new culture says it's all fair game.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Burn the little asshole at the stake!

Now Trending

Houston Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...