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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.
  12. Thanks "rechlin" That's kind of what I thought. And good point about "new total height" of the building!
  13. 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?
  14. 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"
  15. 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)
  16. Awesome! Love the vintage pics of downtown Houston!
  17. Address is 1906 Cleburne Avenue. Built circa 1925 as Albert Sydney Johnston Junior High (with I believe virtually the same floor plan as Sidney Lanier Junior High and Stonewall Jackson Junior High, probably also built the same time). Sometime in the 1950's the new "Johnston" was built in the Meyerland/Westbury area, not Sharpstown. The 1906 Cleburne building was then renamed "William E. Miller Junior High". I'm not quite sure who he was but for some reason I think he was a black educational person from HISD in those days. It remained Miller until the early/mid 1970's The Contemporary Learning Center used it's campus (they set up temporary buildings). Miller became extinct at or around the 1976-1977 school year when the temporary buildings were now being used for CLC Middle School and the 1906 Cleburne school building became CLC High School. CLC High used the 1st and 2nd floor while the 3rd floor was for administrative offices called Staff Development. Around the 1980-1981 school year the middle school moved into the 3rd floor. About this same time they built a cafeteria on the Chenevert side of the campus. The old cafeteria was on the 3rd floor. Sorry if this is too much information but I got carried away. I attended CLC Middle School for the 1977-78 school year and CLC High School for the 1978-79 school year before returning to traditional high school. I believe the building is now a college preparatory high school for girls as CLC is now defunct
  18. I apologize if I've responded to this in the past (or maybe I just read it a while back). LC Cafeteria was under Walgreen's on Main @ Walker, not Woolworth's (Main & McKinney) You could enter from the front entrance on Main @ Walker via an escalator (right next to the entrance to Walgreen's) or from the back entrance on Travis @ Walker (right next to the back entrance to Walgreen's). It was huge, occupied the entire side (the basement) of the southern half of the block (Walker, Travis, Rusk & Main) directly under Walgreen's. I came back to Houston in 1998 (gone for 15 years) and by this time it was an all you can eat buffet but only occupied the western half of the original LC Cafeteria, you could now only enter and exit at Walker and Travis. Don't think it lasted very long after this and years later the entire San Jacinto Building was demolished. Across the street on Main was James Coney Island, so many eating places on street level in those days!
  19. In the early 70's (I was about 9) my dad used to drive us through downtown and pass by it for kicks. I remember the big pink cat being on Main @ Congress . Great thread (and the links especially), thanks!
  20. Interesting, agree about time. I was aware of the demolition of the Pierce Elevated and reconstruction of US 59 (now I-69) and I-45 in downtown but wasn't aware the 59 elevated in midtown was also going to be trenched. And Fiesta's lease being up in a couple of years, no kidding, this area certainly is going to look different in about a decade. So very needed. It is quite depressing to go into that Sears and see the state it is now in. I can remember being a kid and how it was then. You couldn't shop there without having some popcorn. The display windows that are now bricked up, the restaurant sitting empty and the deplorable condition of the restrooms, very, very depressing. Good riddance to the end of this place!
  21. "The 550-car garage spans both sides of the block, but the office building sits atop just the southern half. The north half of the garage will remain open during construction. " -- This has me a little confused. Does this mean their garage is a part of (and connected to) the old Foley's garage? I know the Foley's garage is on the northern half (or maybe the northern third) of the block. I remember using the Foley's garage but it seemed to be just that top part of the block.
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