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  1. 1400 Hermann was my first guess and it was wrong. The buildings in question are much too close to the dome to be 1400 Hermann. In 57Tbirds second photo above, if you draw a line from the dome across the Mayfair to downtown, a mid-rise building is right on the line, between Mayfair and DT; that, I think, is 1400 Hermann. Which means it is the building visible in the first picture beyond the Mayfair, also. Filio is correct; at the time of these photos, the Pavillion was likely still known as the Park Towers. Somewhere in my research I have notes about newspaper ads I saw for the openings of both buildings in the 50s but I didn't get photocopies of the ads. KRBE-FM had it's original studios in the 1400 Hermannn building when it went on the air in 1958 as a classical music station ("You're Keyed to Radio Broadcasting Excellence.') The calls also stood for Roland Baker Enterprises, the owner, who lived at 1400 Hermann. The Park Towers was the home of the original studios of KHUL-FM, 95.7, 'Cool' radio, in 1959, fondly remembered as a jazz station though in fact it played show tunes, standards, just about anything but rock and country. The studios were on the 15th floor. KHUL later became KIKK-FM.
  2. I tipped Mike McGuff. He had been sitting on the story, awaiting some specifics, but placed a call and posted this. Dang, and here I thought it was going to be they were hiring Dave Ward from 13 and Bob Allen from 11.
  3. Leon's to live on, owner vows.
  4. I thought that was too far out for S-L, I forgot about Cullen Center.
  5. Okay. Thanks for the link. Yes I miss the lobby and the plaza out front. When I first came to town I was tempted to open an account at First City just so I could use that lobby.
  6. A straight line drawn from the dome to the east side of downtown passes right in front of the Pavilions. I was drawing lines toward Main Street last night, a mistake. The 1964 Historic Aerial shows a couple of large buildings just east of Holcombe and Braeswood, the two buildings in the photo to the left of the dome. The Prudential, far off to the left, is very identifiable from the air. Good resolution on this one. It doesn't seem to be possible to link directly to the image, only the home page. I used the search parameters Braeswood and Holcombe, Houston Texas
  7. There appear to me to be perhaps two buildings to the left of the crown of the dome with the one in front possibly Prudential, the second one I have no idea. However, I have trouble with that being so close to the Pavilion, if that's what the subject of the original question was. I have been working on the assumption that the low buildings at the left edge of the photo are the structures in the Med Center at that time that were on the eastern edge which rules out the Prudential, also.
  8. Yes, Conoco Building, my mistake. I have been reading up on Central Bank and had that on my mind. All these years I have been under the impression First City was razed; never knew it was still there, but I don't go downtown very often and can't do much sightseeing when I do. However, I'm having doubts that was First City, anyway. It appears to have multi-hued panels, First City was silver and squarish from this angle, I think. Possibly Houston House or whatever that building was called? Is that the Sheraton Lincoln on the left edge?
  9. Doesn't look anything like Prudential to me. Here's Prudential, 1961: http://www.cah.utexas.edu/db/dmr/image_lg.php?variable=e_bb_4361 What is that building to the right of Prudential on Holcombe? I can't remember it. The tallest building in the background is Humble, 44 stories. Second tallest is/was First City National, I think, on Main (can't remember the cross street), 33 stories, now gone. Is that Central National with the Weather Ball in between them? If you draw a line on a map from the top of the Dome to downtown, Prudential is way off to the left. If you draw a line from the Dome to the left of where Prudential stood, downtown is not in the picture in the background. My first guess was 1400 Hermann, a luxury apartment building that went up in 1958 across from the Rose Garden in Hermann Park. Still there but the exterior looks different than what I remember. It would be the solitary mid-rise between the Med Ctr and downtown in the linked photo, on the north side of the park. The line from the top of the Dome to downtown passes over Hermann Park. However now I'm intrigued by that other building on Holcombe.
  10. Yes, I think Jo Jo’s was not just local; I wondered too about Toddle House, etc. There is lots of good info in the Historic Houston forum about past restaurants, too, not just in the Defunct Restaurants thread. That forum used to be one of the most active on HAIF and there were lots of contributors who knew a lot about Houston. I see upthread where it’s been suggested the Champs were formerly named Jim’s. I’m remembering the name Terry’s from someplace but can’t pin it down. Jim’s/Terry’s/Champs - whatever -- there was one at ca. 6475 Hillcroft, on the V-shaped tract formed by the intersection of Westward and Hillcroft. This is the first I went to and that was possibly before the name change the first time I went. After it closed and was razed, a large Conoco station went in there with a large C store that seemed to me to be a copy of the large Stop and Go Corner Market formats. The Street View from just last September shows an Exxon station there. https://www.google.com/maps/@29.7108576,-95.4931976,3a,75y,338.7h,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sXMBLNjlSD1K4Q9ml8fwE1A!2e0 The El Ranchero Restaurant at 5300 N. Braeswood was originally a Champ’s. I remember being surprised seeing it there because that’s not anywhere near as heavily traveled a thoroughfare as the other locations I knew about; that one would really be just a neighborhood café. After Champs closed that became Pastine; there is still a listing for Pastine on Menuism or one of those sites which lists it as Italian, Mexican and Pizza. It never seemed to do any business but lasted for quite a few years. El Ranchero moved in 5 or 6 years ago, perhaps. http://www.elrancherohouston.com/ There was a Champs in the parking lot of the Academy at 8236 S. Gessner at 59. There was a Mobil station on the corner, facing the frontage road, which is now a garage/used car lot. The Champs backed right up to the back of the gas station and faced north, not Gessner. I went in there once, not long before it closed. There was no parking directly in front of the restaurant. You had to park elsewhere in the lot and walk and that driveway could be very busy at times. https://www.google.com/maps/@29.6885879,-95.5318034,3a,75y,180h,91.75t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sv4W7m7ECcN5Ff--7wMOESQ!2e0!6m1!1e1 You have a Champs on the SW corner of S. Wilcrest and 59, now an Exxon station. Yes, but that was originally a Jo Jo’s. That’s why I asked if there was any connection. I went there once, after the name change. That is the only location I remember seeing a train which is why I asked which chain that was. The Jo Jo’s faced south, into the parking lot of the big strip center (Marshall’s, Carter’s Gun Country, etc.), not Wilcrest or the frontage road. The driveway into the parking lot was the first one south of the frontage road. It's been altered so it's impossible for me to get my bearings looking at the street view. There was room for one row of parking directly in front of the building, separated by a sidewalk, small strip of sod, and shrubbery. Note both the freeway and frontage road have been widened. You can look at these on Historic Aerials but many of the shots are very difficult to make out. You can see however that the Hillcroft, N. Braeswood and S. Gessner buildings had a similar shape with a point to one end of the roof. The building on S.Wilcrest was square. The best one to look at is the 2002 image of the S. Gessner location which shows the building there. By 2004 it is gone completely. The 1981 image of Hillcroft is probably the best one to look at for that store; that’s about the time I went there I think. It shows parking in front of the building, in fact, on every side except Westward. I hadn’t been able to remember if you could park right in front of that one because of the tapering lot but the restaurant is farther from the tip than I remembered.
  11. Working on some on the SW side, but some questions: What was the difference between Champs and Champps? Was Champs earlier known as Terry's or something? Which chain had the train running around on a ledge beneath the ceiling? I hadn't realized JoJo's was a local chain. Was there any connection to Champs. There was a Taco Bueno at ca. 3810 S. Gessner, intersection Westpark, west side of the street. After TB pulled out, the building became a dentists office or loan office or something but has now been demolished. A strip center occupies the space between where the TB was and Westpark that contains a Tortilleria La Reyna, with parking on the south of the building rather than along Gessner. The TB would have sat in the parking lot, very close to the La Reyna. There was a Taco Bueno at ca. 8767 S. Gessner. When TB pulled out, Taqueria Arandas occupied the building without much alteration at first but later a paint job. Years later, the TA was razed and a larger restaurant was built on the back of the site. Last year the TA closed and within the last few months a Don Rey Mexican restaurant has moved in. An L-shaped center was built on the lot s. of where the TB stood. I can't remember what was there when it was TB. https://www.google.com/maps/@29.6858302,-95.5285299,3a,75y,90h,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s92McQ-TF6kujKWXErS_7Ig!2e0 The China House Restaurant @ 8797 S. Gessner, corner of Jason (?) was originally a Captain D's.
  12. A mortuary with on-site residence for the mortician? (the apartment to the left). As noted the business next door was a bar-b-q joint. The Fifth Ward was known as the barbecue ward. Here's an old article in the Press which names some of the places. J.C. Reid did a similar article earlier this year in the Chron, behind the paywall so I've never read it. I thought maybe Kozy Kitchen, 1202 Lockwood, which I went to once and remembered as a wood-frame building, although larger than that appears to be. However the current street view shows Kozy Kitchen (closed) in a brick building. Maybe if someone has access to white pages/yellow pages from that era (60s) they could look for barbecue places in the Nickel, then compare addresses for mortuaries. ETA the links.
  13. I don't remember the Miller's in the Village but there was one on Main, south of Dryden, in that old 2 story strip that also included the Briar Shoppe and a scrubs emporium. There's one in one of the medical offices towers now; I think I remember it in Scurlock Tower. Yelp lists four around town, including Clear Lake. I've been to the South Main and Shepherd ones.
  14. That's a great old map. Thanks for posting that. Much of that was gone/changed by my earliest ventures downtown but I'm going to spend some time studying it.
  15. Poll Parrot was a national brand of children's shoes, advertised on Howdy Doody. I didn't remember Texas plates were still yellow/black that late. I don't think there were any 6 or 7 story buildings out on Jensen, Lyons or Dowling, I think this is right downtown, lower Main area. The mannequins in the store window are white. Maybe it's just an intersection where buses from the east end crossed, hence all the African-Americans. There was a segregated (?) bus line, Pioneer, blue and white buses, that served mostly the east end, in addition to the city's orange and white buses. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a Poll Parrot right on Main. Anybody want to take a stab at the street name on the sign under the traffic light? Or identify the building in the distance on the right? That's kind of distinctive looking. And, er, are we sure this is Houston?
  16. I was thinking a list of places to pay COH water bills since it's a Public Works document? But then why list Galveston and Lake Jackson locations?
  17. I went to Zinnante's just once; Robb Walsh wrote it up in the Press, praising the meatball sub as I recall. I had never been aware of it and went to try it out. It was closed in less than a year. The power of the Press? That is now My Pita which seems to have frequent ownership changes.
  18. That's sure not very far away. But looking at it on street view it looks like it's not much bigger than a convenience store so I guess it doesn't qualify as a 'supermarket' for the purposes of defining a food desert. Maybe they can adjust their merchandise line to compete. Pyburn's on S. Fondren is too far from me to be a regular stop but I go from time to time for items only they carry. Biggest negative for me is the produce selection is limited and not very good looking.
  19. An article on Jim Vuong, owner, with his family, of the Pyburn's and Jim's Supermarket on Yellowstone and total of eleven stores mentioned in the other thread. The only other store named is Bi-Rite on the east side, the first venture. All the stores operate with their original names.
  20. I think a some of the Indian grocery stores are chains but many are independently owned. Likewise Pakistani grocery stores. Belden's in Meyerland. Phoenicia - 2 locations. I wonder about Hong Kong Market in Hong Kong City Mall. Pyburn's - the original in Almeda has been around for probably 50 years but four years ago they opened a second location in Fondren Southwest and they're set to open another in a food desert. I don't know what all the stores are this Vuong owns but one is Jim's Supermarket on Yellowstone. Pyburn's is known for their meat department. Sometimes I think there are more butchers milling around behind the counter waiting on someone to serve than there are customers in the whole store.
  21. Great sleuthing, gnu. Now somebody post another one.
  22. Well there are worse ways to waste time. I accessed the collection again through a different link and this time saw a number of photographs I'm sure I never saw before, specifically, color pictures of the San Jacinto Monument and Battleship Texas and many shots of aircraft and ground operations at Hobby, both commercial and private, at the end. Parenthetically I also spotted a couple of aerial shots of the old San Jacinto Inn which I had either missed or not snapped to before. Most importantly in this browse thru, I realized the OP photo came at the end of a series of shots identified as being along Market Street and 'our' main road looks a lot like the other shots of Market Street in those photos. So I took to Historic Aerials and thought I found something very promising where Normandy intersects Market, on the south side of the street. Unfortunately the watermark obscures the area and the Google Earth image is badly overexposed and undecipherable and besides that, Sheffield cuts through on a diagonal and would be visible behind Mary's and I realized from subsequent year images that the secondary road is actually a railroad. So right now I'm stumped but I think more looks along Market Street are warranted. Also, I only went as far east as where Market intersected Texas 73, which was the route I-10 East took over ca. 1961, and I think Market extends beyond that on the other side. Also, I think we need to consider that the labels and groupings were probably selected by the archivist and not Browning and the designation 'rural' may be misleading. That gas station appears to have 4 pumps; most very small town/wide spot in the road/rural gas stations in that era as best I remember would have only 2 pumps.
  23. I mentioned above that I scrolled through the collection at HPL; as far as I saw, this shot of this site stood alone. A few pictures have dates on them but many do not. I have no idea what airport he was using. One thing I forgot to mention before, besides the shots of downtown, Rice and West U and all the industrial aerial shots, there were several pictures of the San Jacinto Monument and the surrounding area and some long shots showed the monument in the background. Overwhelmingly, when this guy was taking shots of industrial installations, he was in the ship channel area. It might be possible to examine some of those long shots and spot this site, if anybody else wants to take a shot at it. I think this was photo # 94 out of 117? but I'm not sure they're in any sort of chronological order.
  24. Yes, I posted a link to a color photo of one of those Humble signs with red background above. I had also mentioned that Humble stations sold Atlas tires and your photo shows that, which makes me wonder even more why there appears to be a Goodyear sign, as someone else suggested. I'm satisfied it's a Humble station but unfortunately that doesn't help at all to locate it.
  25. That makes sense. I don't remember that at all and it has bugged me for a long time. Rice built a much bigger store on Hillcroft, just south of S. Braeswood (address on Hillcroft although it's back behind a strip center) that was a Rice Epicurean and is now a nice Walmart Neighborhood Market. For aggieengineer, it's still a very nice neighborhood. Meyerland, after all. Houses immaculately maintained on the outside, anyway. Interesting boutique businesses - The Russian General Store in the center where the L&C was, probably the biggest selection of salamis in Houston and lots of import goodies, My Pita, a Kosher bakery that makes fantastic pitas, and the New York Coffee and Bagel Shop with probably the best bagels in town.
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