Full circle: Most people wouldn’t buy a million-dollar house on a beachfront lot just to be near a convenience store. But Sammy Virani did. And when he hired crews to demolish the Jamaica Beach mansion, it caused quite a stir and some speculation Virani wants to set straight.

Crews last week took down the four-bedroom, four-bath, two-and-a-half story house known by some locals as The Plantation, 17007 Termini San Luis Pass Road. Some people incorrectly argued the building was historic. But it was built in 1999 and, although well known, had little historic value, Virani said.

Laura Elder: 409-683-5248; laura.elder@galvnews.com.

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Norman Pappous

Love this story!

Ted Gillis

Was the same amount of fuss made when the Sealy mansion on Seawall Blvd. was taken down by Tilman Fertitta?

Carlos Ponce

September 26, 2001

"GHF asks Fertitta not to Demolish Sealy House

by Richard Massey The Daily News

Galveston - The Galveston Historical Foundation has asked Tilman Fertitta not to demolish the 70 year old Sealy house.

Fertitta who described the villa as "four plaster walls and a red roof," said the house could be destroyed to make room for the Seawall Convention Center.

Fertiita is under agreement with the city to build to build and operate the center.

The foundation's statement says,in part: "Although GHF commends Mr. Fertitta on the economic development that he has brought and continues to bring to the island, the foundation also pleads with him to reconsider his destruction of this historic residence, built in1931 for yet another Galveston leader and entrepreneur, George Sealy Jr., and his wife, Eugenia Taylor. "Fertitta said that the house would not necessarily be put to the wrecking ball. "We're looking at all our options," said Fertitta. "Maybe we can work it into the (convention center) plan. If not, tear it down. "The foundation has suggested that Fertitta include the home in his proposed Rainforest Cafe. The foundation says "the landmark home at 5310 Seawall Boulevard has borne elegant witness to the indomitable spirit of Galveston Island's people and history. "Fertitta disagrees. "There's nothing historical about this house," said Fertitta. "It's not a recognized landmark by anybody. "Fertitta said he was surprised to receive the foundation's statement. He said his representatives had conducted several rounds of good-faith talks with the foundation.The house was built by architect Cameron Fairchild.

The Foundation also asked that Fertitta have a Historic American Buildings Survey set completed on the structure. Such a set would become a part of the holdings of the Library of Congress and would provide future re-searchers with detailed information about the structure."

Bailey Jones

[thumbup] Fun story.

Jarvis Buckley

Great story , capitalism is wonderful

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