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7/20/09

NewsChannel 11 Investigates: Allison House

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By Nicole Pesecky - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Many had high hopes for a historic piece of Lubbock. The Allison House where Buddy Holly and the Crickets wrote one of their most famous songs was moved from its original location on 6th Street, near Avenue W, more than 5 years ago.

The hope was that the city would open it to the public as a tourist attraction, but as NewsChannel 11's Nicole Pesecky uncovers, the fate of that historic home is now in jeopardy.

Nothing has been done with the house which Crickets band member J.I. Allison lived in. It's been sitting vacant for nearly 6 years. Lubbock City Councilwoman Linda DeLeon says the future of the historic landmark is not looking upbeat.  

It's the same home that Buddy Holly and the Crickets sat in, brainstorming lyrics and beats to produce music that would later become famous.

"The key here was to actually use the same structure so people could feel and walk through the house and feel that energy that Buddy Holly sat on the couch and the Crickets sat in this corner," DeLeon explains. Now, that structure is deteriorating.

The home once surrounded by trees is now surrounded by rock piles and piping. The house has been exposed to the elements for years and years. DeLeon says this could have and should have been prevented. "To protect it from the weather, the roof is gone and you can see the side of the house, when they moved it they never protected it there," Deleon says. 

The childhood home of Buddy Holly was also a missed opportunity for the city after it was given away.

NewsChannel 11 told you back in February that there were plans to put the Allison Home, with other pieces of Buddy Holly's life, at the Buddy Holly Center where people could actually walk the Walk of Fame and walk through the house where music became history.

Other council members disagree with this piece of history. "I think it's a bad idea. I don't think it has any historic value as a building," Lubbock City Councilman, Paul Beane states.

We obtained those plans that were designed by Parkhill, Smith and Cooper which were revealed to the council during a work session weeks ago. The plans were rejected. The reason? Too much money.

DeLeon says it's not money out of the taxpayers' pockets, "We would use the hotel-motel money that we get from those who come to visit Lubbock there's a fund there that would have taken care of those cost."

"I'm not sure, in these economic times, the city has the money or drive to spend the money on a building that is historic only in the eyes of a few people in Lubbock," Beane says.

According to an open records request it cost the city $4,000 to move the home back in 2003. By the looks of things, nothing has been done since.

DeLeon puts the blame on not having enough funds. "Not placing the funds where we need them to protect the taxpayers' assets. That's an asset that we've lost that we will never be able to regain. We didn't do it right the first time," she says.

We contacted Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin for comment. He says, "Architects say it will cost some money to fix up the old house, which we've known for years. We don't know how much it will cost or whether we want to fix it up at this time."

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2/5/09
Allison House Gets a Second Chance
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