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  1. Ursula Oberdieck seems to have died in California in 1975 at the age of 51. She disappears from county records around 1969 but is very active in real estate sales and construction before that. I suspect that she went out on her own in the 1960s as a design-builder. During the 1950s she was a staff designer for Suburban Homes. She also collaborated with Ray Chutsz. I found a mention of a Rodolfo Oberdieck, possibly father or brother, who bought a house from her in Shepherd Park Plaza. She appears never to have married. She had her architectural training in Berlin and then lived in Guatemala.
  2. Built for the Stenzel Pattern Works in 1936. E.H. and H.A. Stubee were the architects. The contractor was P.H. Fredericks. The Stenzel Pattern Works was a family-owned business that made patterns for industrial casting molds from about 1913 until the 1970s.
  3. PM BenH or me and we will help. We do a lot of research.
  4. If I recall correctly there was a place called the Truck Stop, where one entered through a canopy made from the hood and cab of an 18-wheel tractor. Is that right? Also, wasn't the big Westheimer cleanup push originally driven by Courtlandt Place residents who were finding syringes in their backyards?
  5. 3009 S. Post Oak Road was the headquarters of Coastal Transportation, and one of the owners of that firm was R.L. Attwell. He was an avid classic car collector and he created the Classic Showcase auto and wax museum at the same address. I see newspaper ads for it from 1968 until 1971, and there is the mention above in Texas Monthly, April 1974.
  6. Correct. Closed and sold off its buildings and fixtures in 1979. Houston Golf Center, 7710 (South) Main. Residence Inn was built on the site in 1983. It opened in 1959, a project of famous oilman Albert Plummer.
  7. Dammit, you're right. But I also might keep it for sentimental reasons.
  8. I was wrong, Green must have done the educational building. Travis Broesche did the sanctuary in 1967. Berechah is by Wilson, Morris, Crain, and Anderson.
  9. They also had a company offshore fishing boat -- I've seen pictures of it.
  10. One of the articles I found about this mentioned that there was a launch operator on the staff here. That would explain why the building faces the bayou, if a lot of their work was done on the water.
  11. The Corps of Engineers (which absorbed the United States Engineering Department) closed this Harrisburg office in 1955. The Army held on to the lease until 1966, and there was then an effort in 1968 to get the building donated to the city (which may well have happened) as a Brady's Landing Park museum or historic Harrisburg site building. I don't think much came of that.
  12. Also: (click the pic to go to Patrick Feller's Flickr page for this image. He has a few others, too)
  13. Sanborn maps call it a U.S. Engineering Department office. There is a mention of a U.S. Engineering Department office in Harrisburg in a 1939 Houston Chronicle. The U.S. Engineering Department was responsible for dredging the channel.
  14. Nancy, Dorothy Moss's obituary says that she was the widow of Linwood F. Moss, and county records (HCAD, Harris County Clerk) for the Freshmeadows property do show a Linwood F. Moss with no mention of Arthur P. Moss. Arthur Moss was the brother of Philemon (Pete) and Manuel Moss. Is there something that I'm missing here? Do you know something we don't?
  15. C. Marley Green, 1958/59.
  16. I've been wondering for years. It's Wirtz, Calhoun, Tungate, and Jackson from about 1959/60.
  17. It was Grandy's. Ate there many times. Good chicken and rolls.
  18. I thought they were privately owned and just stored there. I don't know why that would make sense for somebody, but the lineup does change occasionally.
  19. Regency Auto Repair and Body Shop at 6935 Almeda Road looks similar with the roofline and the rock corners. But it might just be a coincidence. The "Oriental" detailing is conspicuously absent. https://www.google.com/maps/@29.7008952,-95.3863702,3a,37.5y,105h,90t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sIzCuAzpB1-ZjNaDVIxm3Ew!2e0!5s20151001T000000!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1
  20. Also this. http://www.houstonfreewaydragstrip.com/houston-international-raceway-pictures-videos-location.htm
  21. My guess is that might have been the midget car and kart race track across from Buff Stadium in the late 40's and early 50's. That's kinda near what's officially South Houston. Search these forums and you can find other posts about old racetracks.
  22. This is the architectural engineer who designed Penguin Arms and the concrete house in San Leon. You probably won't be surprised to hear that Mr. Moss's characteristic angles are present everywhere. The house isn't terribly distinctive from the street although the columned porch is unusual. Here is the HAR listing: http://www.har.com/2903-chiswell-st/sale_81912324 And here are some detail shots:
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