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Henry Cisneros to buy Carol Burnett’s house

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A local organization led by former U.S. housing secretary Henry Cisneros has committed to raise enough money to save the childhood home of comedian Carol Burnett.

American Sunrise, a nonprofit housing and education program, said it will raise the $75,000 to $100,000 needed to move the century-old house from its current location in San Antonio. The Bill Miller Bar-B-Q restaurant chain wants to use the site for a parking lot.

Cisneros said the house will become a part of the American Sunrise campus in San Antonio.

American Sunrise was founded by Cisneros, a former San Antonio mayor, and his wife, Mary Alice Cisneros, who was elected to the City Council this month.

Burnett lived in the folk Victorian home until she was 7. She has often spoken of her memories of the house, including cold enchiladas for breakfast, donated used girls clothes and roller-skating on the hardwood floors.

In May 2006, the gray house with red-and-white trim was listed for $225,000.

Anybody know where in San Antonio this house currently is? I’m wondering if I’d ever driven past it without realizing what it was.

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  1. Boddhisattva says:

    I grew up in San Antonio. I am under the impression her old house was in the middle-class section of Alamo Heights.

  2. The_Other_Sarah says:

    By all means, rescue the house.
    Bill Miller’s chain of barbeque joints don’t need more parking.
    More health inspections, yes.
    More people complaining about the warm condiments, room temp potato salad and barely warm meat, yes. More parking? No.