Lee Harvey Oswald's Apartment is Gone

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The Oak Cliff Blog
In October of 2010, Jane Bryant auctioned off put up for auction the front door of Lee Harvey and Marina Oswald's one-time apartment at 604 Elsbeth Street in Oak Cliff. (The sale was halted by litigation, and the door was later stolen). The door itself, with glass that had once been punched out by Oswald during an argument with his wife, was a testament to their brief and tumultuous time there. It also foreshadowed the building's ultimate fate.

In recent weeks, as it became clear the city would prevail in its half-decade long effort to tear down the dilapidated apartments, the door was joined on the auction block by various relics: a bathtub; a toilet; some floorboards; cabinets; individual bricks.

Those are all that are left of the building, which the city razed this morning. Demolition crews rolled in just before 8:30 a.m. and made quick work of the structure, which didn't need a lot of help coming down. Onlookers snatched up bricks as souvenirs.

And with that, a piece of Dallas history was gone. It's a small piece -- the Oswalds only lived there for half a year and moved out eight months before the Kennedy assassination -- and an eyesore, but it's history nonetheless. Good thing the city got it out of the way so as not to draw attention away from "The 50th."


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15 comments
DerekR
DerekR

I've added it up before, yet it's never talked about. But Oswald lived in Dallas for around 9-10 months his entire life, I believe.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

New eight degrees game. Take any event in Dallas, from an ice storm to Girl Scout cookie sales, connect it to the JFK assassination.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Since Lee Harvey has been gone for half a century, I doubt he's gonna miss it.

Lee Jamison
Lee Jamison

Lucky for you, the house I lived in is nearby and totally still standing... Lee Harvey: 0, Lee Alice:1.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Such a big deal about this!  Oswald moved so much it's hard to keep track of all of his addresses in Benbrook, Fort Worth, Dallas, New Orleans, The Bronx, etc.

Raine Lorraine
Raine Lorraine

Kelsey Rae Luna the teacher I was telling you about - this is her property. The universe is speaking to me.

Jessica Galaviz
Jessica Galaviz

it' gone bitchez!!! We have had worse taken from us I'm sure.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

'George Washingon slept  here'.....it's not like they tore down Mt. Vernon

drtz
drtz

It is sad to lose such an iconic and significant piece of Dallas history.

Brian Chestnut
Brian Chestnut

you can't save every spot some indian took a do-do, or someone lived for a few months.... life has to go on.

Gale Prado
Gale Prado

Good, tired of hearing about it.

David Gates
David Gates

Am I supposed to be outraged? Because I'm not.

mcdallas
mcdallas

@JimSX Jim moved here from Detroit.  Wrote a few articles about protesters at the assassination site.

John1073
John1073

If Mt Vernon ever gets in the way of an oil pipeline, I bet they will consider it.

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