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  1. From 1983 to 1985 I bought many 12" single dance records there. Still have most of them! Dancing my butt off at Numbers, Richs, and The Copa I knew when I got turned on to a new dance hit, I'd head over the Record Rack to start (later to add to) my collection. Aaah, the memories!
  2. You must be from out of town, lol! This is Houston, sadly this kind of horrible things happens all the time!
  3. "gnu is correct, definitely not The Texaco Building, close though as that is a couple of blocks away. The tower on the left is JW Marriott Houston Downtown , originally the Carter Building, 806 Main Street. The Carter Building was built in 1910 as a 16 story office building. This photo was circa 1925 because you can see construction of the 6 story addition was just starting plus you can also see a block further up, the Niels Esperson Building, 808 Travis, is under construction (completed in 1927). Across Main Street, where BG Group Place (811 Main) now stands, you can see the edge of The Cotton Hotel, which later became The Montague Hotel to the left of the two low rise structures. Across the street on Rusk from them is The Houston Bar Center, built in 1914, now AC Hotel by Marriott Houston, 723 Main Street. "Montrose1100", I think you are a little off about the direction of the picture. This is looking west on Rusk Avenue (yes, in the early 20th century, the east/west streets of downtown and midtown were "Avenues"). "hindesky", thanks for the vintage photos. Love them all!
  4. 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!
  5. I'm almost sure the lobby is original (restored). The molding is quite beautiful.
  6. 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.
  7. 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! "
  8. 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.
  9. Anyone know what this will be? The block north of the Metro Building and west of 1801 Main Street.
  10. 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"
  11. 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.
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