David Underwood and his wife found an empty lot — and a mailbox marking the location of the 1,300-square-foot house that had been in his family for generations.
"I can literally remember sitting on the counter when I was a little kid, and my grandmother would cook breakfast, lunch, dinner, whatever," Underwood told the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
The 1951 structure, which he recently purchased from his aunt, had been vacant, with the utilities turned off, because Underwood was planning to renovate it before moving in.
A contractor hired by the city to tear down a condemned house next door instead demolished Underwood's property on July 12.
City spokesman Bill Begley told the the city has asked Underwood to put a value on the home. Its market value, according to a real estate appraisal website, would be $122,000 US.