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Lubbock's North Overton neighborhood - once sparsely populated with sprawling ranch-era Craftsman bungalows - is slowly being reseeded with strip malls, tract developments and other signs of the coming apocalypse. One such home is being picked up and moved to make way for that harbinger of class, culture and the real building block of a modern neighborhood, the strip mall.

"This was called a craftsman-bungalow house, it was built in 1911. It's one of the oldest houses in Lubbock, it's also one of the most historic because of the people lived here the first 75 years," said former resident, Frank Potts.

In 1924 A.B. Davis moved to Lubbock. Soon after moving into the home. A.B. served as the manager of the Chamber of Commerce and later as Lubbock's City Manager. His family called 1724 Main their home for 60 years.

Frank Potts is A.B.'s grandson, he said, "lots of memories here, there really are. As a child it was a big world out there, World War II was going on when I first moved here and I just remember everything just seemed, the house seemed like a huge mansion and I was just a little bitty guy and wondering what happens next."

The original plans for the home show a 4,500 square foot house with wide overhanging eaves, deep porches with large square brick posts and beautiful wood paneling, all adding to the charm of this old home. With the vision and financial help of Lubbock attorney Ted Hogan, this old house will be able to stand for another hundred years. He said, "a lot of heavy lifting (will go into moving the house)! and quite frankly the fellas that the credit goes to are the movers because they're the guys that have the technical knowledge."

With the development in the North Overton area, this old houses days were numbered as a strip mall is slated to go here. But in 5 weeks, 1724 Main will get a new address on the corner of 16th and Avenue R after it's moved, piece by piece, down Avenue R.

Hogan said, "we have about 5 weeks to get it done, we have a May 1st deadline. There's new development coming in here. If the weather permits and if it doesn't rain, we should be good to go at the end of April." Giving this old Lubbock home a new lease on life.

It should be noted that Lubbock's Overton Park project is currently the largest private residential development in the state. Questions regarding the number of homes destroyed or moved directed to the McDougal Company, the firm tasked with making rubble of old homes in the way and clearing it, were not answered