Houston Cotton Exchange in Houston

Photo of Houston Cotton Exchange in Houston, Texas
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz
Photo of Houston Cotton Exchange in Houston, Texas
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz

Houston Cotton Exchange
Official name:Houston Cotton Exchange and Board of Trade

202 Travis, Houston, Texas, Downtown 77002
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This classic building was once the heart of the fledgeling city of Houston, but accidents of topography and changing fashions left it behind. Today, downtown Houston is once again a fashionable address, and historic buildings like the Cotton Exchange are getting new lives. This time instead of the bustle of traders trying to wrangle the best deal on the day's merchandise, the building has become home to several offices, and a bar where patrons try to wrangle each other, at least for a night. They might curtail their frisky behavior if they took a closer look at the building and noticed the four angels carved into its facade. They are said to represent the four daughters of the building's architect, Eugene Heiner , a German immigrant who designed a number of important civic and commercial buildings in Texas. The fourth floor was not in Heiner's original plan. You can tell from the photograph that it lacks the detail of the façade below. This is because it was added 13 years later. Eventually, this Cotton Exchange building was superseded by a 16-story structure at 1300 Prairie.

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