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  1. I always liked him, sorry to see him go. But on the flip side, former KTRK weather man Colin Meyers has joined Fox 26, nice seeing him again!
  2. I'm almost sure the lobby is original (restored). The molding is quite beautiful.
  3. You can also see the remants of 1970's Krogers on another former Montrose (77098) location 3443 Kirby, now an Office Depot (I used to shop there also in the early 80's) as well as Energized for Excellence Academy School at 6201 Bissonnet. Can't 100% be sure of this one but the building structure certainly screams a 1970's Kroger building. Like the Fiesta on Patton and Fulton, the arches on Office Depot and the Excellence Academy are dead giveaways.
  4. Yes, yes, yes! I'm glad I'm not the only one who scratched my head when I saw "more than 17 years" I just thought huh? My very first apartment was in Montrose back in 1983 and I remember it then being called "disco Kroger" Not exactly sure how long it's been there but for sure "MORE THAN 35 YEARS" would be more accurate! "
  5. Always thought it would be interesting to post this but never got around to it. But today I read on chron.com's "trending now" section the same topic. The blogger, writer, contributor or whatever the person's title is took note of TXDOT's freeway exit sign's reading Gray Avenue / Pierce Avenue pointing out how the street signs read Gray Street/Pierce Street and wanted to know why. Since I'm a historic Houston buff (especially for downtown/midtown) I kind of already knew why just by being curious and observant. When the Borden brothers (I believe they were brothers but I could be wrong) designed the layout of the downtown Houston streets over a hundred years ago they desigated all north/south streets as STREETS and all east/west streets as AVENUES. And I believe this was true for the area now known as midtown (i.e. McGowen and Elgin Avenues) as well. The historic Mellie Esperson Building on Walker has above it's main entrance 815 Walker Avenue. When I used to live downtown I would pass by the historic Masonic Temple at Fannin and Clay everyday walking to work. They had/have metal, bronze, or copper plaques on both the Clay and Fannin side that read FANNIN STREET and CLAY AVENUE. The Clay side plaque either fell off or was vandelized and was missing for a short while. I then took note of the replacement which now reads CLAY STREET. And if I'm not mistaken before the Houston Club Building was demolished a few years back I belive the address on the buildings sides read Capitol Avenue and Rusk Avenue. My mother was a 1954 graduate of Incarnate Word Academy and in the advertisement section of her year books all business on east/west streets were listed as Avenues. For whatever reason in the last part of the 20th century Texas was the only street that stayed designated as an Avenue. In the early 00's when downtown was experiencing a renisance they rebuilt most of the streets (in midtown too) with concrete to replace the asphalt on top of asphalt on top of asphalt, which included the underground infrastructure, I always thought it would have been cool to return the streets to their original status as Avenues since the signs were being replaced anyway.
  6. Anyone know what this will be? The block north of the Metro Building and west of 1801 Main Street.
  7. Just taking a stab here (and I could be completely off) but I think I might know what you are referring to. Before The Life Science Plaza Building (2130 West Holcombe Boulevard) was built this was the site of The Towers Motor Hotel. Not sure when it was built but do know before being demolished it was not the place it once was in it's heyday. Wish there were pictures of it during it's glory instead of just these right before being demolished. This just might be the place your mother was referring to and location wise would make sense (church in WestU & The Alabama Theater). https://arch-ive.org/archive/towers-motor-hotel/ Hope this helps. My parents were native Houstonians and are now deceased. How I would love to still be able to pick their brains about "historic Houston"
  8. It's actually the 1801 Main Street Building. Not sure what it's original name was but do know it underwent a renovation in the early 2000's This photo is actually from 1965, I used to live in The Houston House Apartments and know it was constructed in 1965.
  9. Thanks "rechlin" That's kind of what I thought. And good point about "new total height" of the building!
  10. Does anyone know if the former antenna mast on the roof still serves a purpose? I know with the completion of Allied Bank Plaza (now Wells Fargo Plaza) and Texas Commerce Tower (now Chase Tower) it somewhat blocked the usefulness/operational functions of the antenna. But I came back to Houston in 2000 and the antenna still looked the same. However currently it seems to be stripped down to just a pole. Again, anyone know if it still serves a purpose?
  11. Was downtown today and I was awestruck at what is now visible! Sadly if it is true that it will be covered up once again, any architecture buff should make the trip to see this. The terracotta, sculptures, figurines or whatever they are called are so beautiful and seem to be pretty much intact. Perhaps the covering actually protected it. They were power washing it today. This (1101 Main) is not the Dollar Store that had the fire last week, that was the Dollar Store at 901 Main. Another clarification, the modernization with slip covers on some of the older buildings on Main did not occur in the 80's, it was more like the late 60's/early 70's. Examples were the original Carter Building at 806 Main (now JW Marriott Hotel). I can remember in the 1970's the building that now houses Holy Cross Chapel (905 Main) had a godforsaken ugly, tacky gold metal cage like covering with an even tackier picture of the San Jacinto Monument plastered across it. I believe the tenant of the building at the time could have been San Jacinto Savings or something like that? The original Krupp & Tuffly building from 1929 at 901 Main (the Dollar store fire last week) was absolutely gorgeous before it was "modernized with the blank covering. Check out how it originally looked: http://www.houstondeco.org/1920s/krupp.html If it's neighbor (now Holy Cross Chapel) could have been restored then why not 901 Main (unless last week's . fire made it no longer salvageable) and of course 1101 Main which we are now seeing what is underneath. I agree with what "dbigtex56" said - Can't the Landmark Society or Downtown District (or whatever those entities are called) approach the owner? Perhaps financial incentives could be made...or, permits denied? Maybe if the public outcry is strong enough? Or is this just wishful thinking of myself just like "dbigtex56"
  12. I remember going to Sears across the street (mostly for the popcorn)! and seeing the Delman and One's A Meal. This was during the mid 1970's. ArchFan, the I think the porn you are recalling was shown down the street at what is today The Playhouse Theater. This theater has quite a history: http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/HistoricPres/landmarks/10L228_Playhouse_Theater_4816_Main_St.pdf Anyway next door to this was Wadells Furniture (I think today the entire structure no longer exists). My parents bought our bedroom furniture there around 1975. I realize this thread is kind of old but I always find interesting threads here (especially in Historic Houston)
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