City Of Dallas Gets OK To Demolish Lee Harvey Oswald’s Apartment

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Lee Harvey Oswald’s Oak Cliff home. (Credit: Google Maps)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The city of Dallas now has the go-ahead from a municipal judge to demolish the former Oak Cliff apartment complex where Lee Harvey Oswald briefly lived.

In November, owner Jane Bryant agreed to schedule repairs on the property at 600 Elsbeth Street that would bring it up to code in a timely manner.

On Tuesday – eight months following that agreement – Municipal Judge C. Victor Lander signed off on the city’s request to “demolish any and all structures located on the property.”

But Bryant said her hands are tied: After the November deal, she said she had to have a feasibility study done on the home before applying for the necessary permits to actually perform the repairs. And that, she said, has taken time.

“The Court finds that the structure … remains dilapidated, substandard, unfit for human habitation, a hazard to the public safety and welfare and the Court finds that the Property still constitutes an urban nuisance,” read the judge’s order.

The order also notes that the property is mentioned in the Warren Commission’s report investigating John F. Kennedy’s assassination, but there’s just one thing about that: It was never designated as a historical site, and the city still feels it’s an unsafe eyesore.

“There is no evidence of 600 Elsbeth Street … having been designated a State Historical Site, a National Historical Site, or any other Historical Site,” specifies the order.

If officials go through with the demolition, the city will place a lien on the property and Bryant will be responsible for the expenses that come with that.

She said she will appeal the ruling.

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  • ZekFoo

    Stupid kangaroo court system. What a joke. That kangaroo court judge is a real life idiot! Big Middle Finger Salute to that pompous windbag!

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  • YRofTexas

    @ ZekFoo – Agreed!
    Once again, a structure that is a part of the infamous side of history is to be relegated to mere pictures and memories.
    Its no wonder that our kids know nothing about history – American or otherwise!

  • Fran Jones

    No, that IS a historical site!! Give her time to bring it up to code. If the city of Dallas does that they are being disrespectful of the memory of President Kennedy – don’t destroy part of the story and tragedy surrounding his death. There are stories I could tell about that place….who lived next door, the previous owner and the room Oswald rented. Shame on the city!!

  • FW Forever

    Typical City of Dallas idiocy. They’d rather spend money on paying overpriced corrupt city officials, or waste countless hours getting nowhere in city council meetings (listen to them on WRR 101.1 – they’re ridiculous). What an absolute pus-filled festering boil that city is. If our neighbor to the east wasn’t so embarrassing to the entire state, it would be laughable.

  • YRofTexas

    @ CITY OF DALLAS – – – –


    BACK OFF !

  • darrell

    another piece of history distroyed by the leadership of one of the most archaic cities in the world. dallas is truely not worth saving. it is a cancer on the rest of north texas.

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  • R.I.P. Marvin Zindler

    I agree with “FW Forever”. Dallas is an embarrassment to the whole state. I’m from Houston, where we have our own set of problems, but our city government leaders, et. al. are nowhere near the level of “bass ackwardness” of Dallas. Dallas is the epitome of a train wreck. My prediction? It will be the next Detroit by 2020.

    • YRofTexas

      That’s what I’m afraid of. Dallas is a ‘Manager at Large’ type city council? Or something like that. Detroit and Chicago (I believe, correct me if in error), have the Alderman-type of city management. That is very tightly political and agenda-driven.

      I am hopeful that Dallas doesn’t fall into that hierarchy, followed by any of our fine cities!

      Stop destroying history! Its the legacy of truth to our future generations!

  • Owl

    Oh thank goodness! I thought they were talking about the bar Lee Harvey’s! Lol!

    • Ura Moron

      Pretentious drunkard… typical of the air of apathy in Dallas. BTW, you’re the only one “LOL”.

  • OCimprove

    She got enough time, since 2008 this started. People were living in that building under really danger until City enforced to fix the building up. Please see both sides of story, don’t get caught by her.It’s not correct agree with it, but she didn’t do too much with property since March 2008, just caught Media attention & public in order to do not loose property.

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