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  1. Wolfe Nursery

    Hot damn! So maybe my memory is not so bad after all. Than you J. R. (coincidence or not) and Firebird65.
  2. Wolfe Nursery

    Firebird, I do remember Palms Nursery and its associated building with the very thin pinkish brick but I can't shake the thought there was some other nursery (some sort of retail plant store) on that same side of the freeway but closer to that wedge shaped piece of land where Veterans Memorial (then Stuebner-Airline) intersected with the access road. Honestly, having grown up in the area in the 60s and 70s then being away from Houston until the late 80s and relocating in the southeast part of Harris Co. once I did return, it is easy for me to get confused about what was where and when. So much has changed. I definitely remember the Gulf Wind Motel and also marvel that it is still there.
  3. Wolfe Nursery

    I feel certain there was also a Wolfe Nursery in the 8300 block of the North Freeway about where JK Restaurant Supply is today. This would have been sometime in the 1970s. Does anyone else remember a Wolfe Nursery at this location?
  4. Your favorite holy sites?

    I do a very large part of my holiday shopping there.
  5. Look for a copy of Houston's Forgotten Heritage: Landscape, Houses, Interiors, 1824-1914 by Dorothy Knox Howe Houghton, Barrie M. Scardino Bradley, Katherine S. Howe, and Sadie Gwin Blackburn for possible examples of Second Empire houses in Houston. I'm sure the book is available on Amazon and in some of the public libraries in the area.
  6. I've been buying my tires from Montalbano tire since I started buying tires in the 1970s. My father has done the same since the early 1950's. It is a very bitter-sweet thing to learn that the tire store is closing. It is unfortunate that the city (and I am feeling sorry for myself here) will be losing a merchant that clearly put service and customer satisfaction above all but good that Tony and his family will be able to enjoy more time together - a well earned and well deserved retirement. By the way, I do like the renderings of the proposed redevelopment.
  7. Buffalo Bayou Master Plan

    I agree. Think about it; many, many parts of our fair city are just pretty. The heat and humidity may be a burden a few months of the year but the foliage is lush and there are features like the bayous that can be very attractive when we but the effort into maintaining them properly. This park is an excellent case in point.
  8. The Mondrian at The Museums

    My wife and I bought a two story townhouse when we were first married (in our early 20's) and the stairs were a drudge even then. It seemed whenever we wanted something like a scissors, Scotch tape, a certain book, or whatever, it was always on the other floor. Now that we're older stairs are starting to look like more than just an inconvenience. If I were building three- and four-story townhouse type residential projects I would include at least provisions for elevators in each and every one. By the way, I like the look of this project a lot. It is sleek with out being too outré.
  9. The Buckingham Senior Community - Adding 11 Story Tower

    Or a full-size replica of the Buckingham fountain in Chicago in front of this building. For those that don't remember this was the one shown on the opening credits in the TV show "Married With Children."
  10. Theater District Master Plan

    Jones Plaza is the reflecting pool in front of City Hall, right? I really like the allée of trees around it but agree it could use a bit of the Discovery Green / Market Square treatment to make it more attractive.
  11. Daikin Industries - 290 near 99

    Iron Tiger and BigFootSocks are correct. "Tilt-wall" construction means the walls are poured on top of a slab, allowed to cure, then tilted up into place with a crane. This has been a popular means of construction for large area buildings like warehouses and manufacturing facilities for quite a while. What Luminare is describing is commonly knows as architectural pre-cast concrete. It is cast off-site and transported. More and more pre-cast concrete construction is being used as part of a curtain wall system for commercial, residential, and even healthcare facilities. The process he describes of raising the panels with temporary bracing is part of the tilt-wall process though. Once the walls are erected they are supported laterally by the roof structure which itself bears on the concrete panels and, usually because of the size of the building, internal columns. Pre-cast panels are lifted from the trucks they are brought to the site on and secured in place on an existing frame work of either steel or cast-in-place concrete. There is no reason to disdain either tilt-wall or pre-cast concrete construction methods. The plasticity of concrete allows for some truly attractive detailing of the panels. Both are durable and, as Luminare points out, very cost effective for buildings with large footprints especially. It seems some of us are in disagreement over what tilt-wall construction is, or perhaps just 'misspoke' when describing the process. Please know that I am a licensed architect with 25 years of experience in all types of construction in including tilt-wall and commercial high rise buildings of both steel and concrete framing. My particular focus is very technical including detailing of the building envelope and writing specifications. I've worked closely with structural engineers throughout my career and have a strong understanding and appreciation for both of these types of concrete construction. BTW, I think the scope of this project is awesome. I usually avoid 290 but I'll make an exception to see this project being built.
  12. The Wilshire By Pelican Builders (Westcreek)

    A construction site is no place for Ferragamos or Pappagallos. Better to slip on the Red Wings even if they aren't stylish. Men, leave your Italian loafers at home too and wear some nice clunky oxfords at least.
  13. Theater District Master Plan

    I think what Utterly meant was the original Albert Thomas Convention Center was remodeled into Bayou Place 20 years ago. IMO it was an appropriate use of the existing space at that time. It's good that we got that much use out of this 50 year old structure just as we did with the original Sam Houston Coliseum. In the case of these two I only lament their 'passing' for nostalgic reasons. Now if I could just cause myself to feel the same way about the Astrodome when it ultimately comes down. For me the 'dome has a lot more nostalgia than the other two even though my high school graduation was held in the Coliseum.
  14. Bats on the Bayou Aug 28

    Bats eat mosquitoes so they are aces with me.
  15. 2015 Houston Mayor's race

    Good to know present day troglodytes might have some use.