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  1. Miss Barbara Stanwick was never young.
  2. So, the Texans are thinking people are going to leave the stadium, go in the Astrodome Hotel, buy a beer and go back to the stadium with it? And, the last time I went to the rodeo I had to pay admission to get in. I didn't even think of going to my car where I had a corndog stashed. Their arguments are fishy. It seems to me 'those people' are holding the good citizens of Harris County back from a good deal. Where is Ida Tarbell?
  3. On October 30th that 60-year-old urban forest of healthy live-oak and pine trees that inhabited the former Parkwood site officially bit the dust. The developer saved a few around the edges. Cambridge Street between OST and Holcombe has reopened and construction seems to be progressing on the bayou bridge north of Holcombe. A large concrete structure is well underway at the far northeastern edge of the Baylor property. There seems to be sitework on the large empty lot facing Cambridge one block south of Holcombe, in Devonshire. The foundations for a number of townhouses have been poured a
  4. The park, southwest corner of S. Main and Holcombe, is, I believe, a Johnson/Burgee design. It was built in a corner of the old Shamrock property where the tennis courts once were. It's very nice but somewhat lost on the edge of the swirling TMC. Did Johnson have a hand in this?
  5. Millenica, would you be in favor of "red-lining" The Tre[y]? I thought it was illegal. That'd sure stop those developers though.
  6. Maybe Miss Charlotte's was the wrong name. Ebenezer's rings a bell. The menu and upstairs part seem right. I'm sure it was on Converse. I also remember the pagan church but it wasn't the place I backed in to or the postman's house with the damnit dolls nailed to the side. The damnit doll house could have been the parsonage, I guess. The two houses looked similar except it seems like the damnit doll house had only one floor.
  7. I remember Miss Charlotte's (a very trendy restaurant for the time, not the gay bar) on Converse St., two blocks east of Montrose between Willard and Welsh, behind Anderson Fair Retail. It opened and closed in 1973. It was just down the street from a house (corner of Welsh and Converse) with damn-it dolls nailed to its side. A postman and his wife lived there and they had naked seances at night. Late one Saturday I backed into a driveway on Willard St. trying to turn around. I hit a huge Bonneville parked face-out in the driveway of this bungalow and put out one of the car's headlight
  8. The building under construction is at the corner of Bertner and the new, unnamed street which parallels OST and connects the new part of Bertner and Cambridge. It looks similar to the twin Red McCombs Early Cancer Detection buildings (uncertain of the exact name) located where Knight Rd and Fannin merge just south of OST--the only exception is that the new building has six floors and the twin buildings have 4. The Menninger Clinic will probably be located in this part of the Med Center or on El Paseo at Cambridge further south, although that site has been mentioned as a future Harris County
  9. [The original name of Bissonnet Street (at least the oldest section near Main) was County Poor Farm Road. It was named that because it led to the County Poor Farm The name was changed in 1919 to memorilize a dead World War I soldier from Houston. Dunlavy Street was also named for a fallen WWI soldier.
  10. Since the old HISD administrative building was leveled, it's one of the few Brutalist-style buildings left. There's another on the corner of Fannin and OST that I would consider Brutalist along with the Kroger on OST at Cambridge. I don't think it's anybody's favorite style but the building on Fannin is comforting somehow.
  11. Here's another thought: Is 'Speedway' part of the name or its designation? Some Old Spanish Trail street signs identify it as "OLD SPANISH Tr' (caps intentional, like FANNIN St., or RICHMOND Ave.) Are there signs that say BUFFALO Spwy.? In Austin, the name of the street is (I think) SPEEDWAY with no designation.
  12. Austin has a street named Speedway that runs north/south and is west of Red River St--I think it's the street in front of Jester and the Gregory Gymnasium. Maybe 'speedway' was the old term for 'expressway', meaning non-stop.
  13. That house by the Mecum Fountain at Montrose was designed (or designed for) by a man named Robertson. His granddaddy was (I think) the original owner of the million $ property where a hugh 50s brick rambler once stood. I'm not sure whether or not that was the original house on the lot as Shadyside was one of Houston's earliest suburbs. I believe the grandpa was a wildcatter named Cullen or maybe Cullinan. I don't know if Robertson designed the one under construction next door on Montrose.
  14. The Aga Khan is Shi'a. The Shi'a sect of Islam do not call their religious structures mosques, though they are not offended if one calls it that. They rarely incorporate a minaret, which is only a decoration anyway. A mosque is not an Islamic "church". It is used for communal prayers but that is not its primary use as Muslims are not required to attend a mosque to worship. They are used as gathering places and as religious schools. Most have libraries. In Muslim countries people sometimes use the mosque to do homework as they are usually well-lit and cleaned regularly. The Shi'a center
  15. Barnet Newman's 'Broken Oblisk', in the plaza pool in front of the Rothko Chapel, was defaced with a swastika several years ago. It has since been completely refurbished and resealed and is back in place. This sculpture, which is arguably Houston's most controversial and artistically important outdoor expression, was dedicated to MLK and its defacement was a crude political act and not an ordinary 'tagging' if that word can be used at all. The new sculpture seems a little wayward to me. It seems too close to the building. The back appeals to me more than the front where a large, vagina-lik
  16. How would you define 'basilica'?
  17. The ground level facing MacGregor is very swanky looking. I wonder if it will have a Cambridge Street address in the future. I'm still trying to figure out why the city changed the original name (Outerbelt) and why it was named that anyway since it went in front of the original TMC institution, Hermann Hospital. Maybe the street was an afterthought, assuming the hospital faced the Fannin extension.
  18. This building is inoffensive and as bland as any from the Kirksey firm. They also did the new UT dorms on Knight Road and they're somewhat more successful. I like the "lantern" on top of the building too but does anybody know how the contractor plans to remove that giant, white, triangular, three-story cement mixer sitting inside it?
  19. La Tour D'Argent closed following the French bashing several years ago when people were pouring French wine down the gutters. They reopened about a year later but never regained their clientele. I ate there about a month before they closed for the last time and it was empty. Their food was interesting and their wine list was excellent but pricey. The grounds weren't much but they did give one a sense of isolation from that somewhat bleak location. Inside it reminded me of a very expensive hunting lodge in Colorado--much like the Rainbow but nicer. If you like the Rainbow Lodge, you'll lo
  20. Was that Annabelle's? I think it was on top of the Westin Galleria. They have proms there now. No one mentioned the Windsor Theater in the middle of the shopping center facing Richmond between Post Oak and Sage. I think there were three theaters there. The largest had blue velvet rocking seats and seated about 1,000. It was the nicest theater in Houston during the 70's.
  21. Let's be clear about the Prudential building: It can all be repaired including the swimming pool, the track to the west and the falling plaster. The owner just doesn't want to. They know there is neighborhood opposition to the Prudential building's demise. This is an historic building. It was among Houston's first surburban highrises and a Houston landmark. Inside, it is boxy and hard to work with. It is not particularly distinctive when compared with other buildings of its era in other cities and I imagine architectural historians would dispute its importance. But it's ours. It deser
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