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  1. The neon sign left when Prudential did. It's never been there while MD Anderson had it. The absence of that sign doesn't mean anything about the future of the building. Marty
  2. My former girlfriend worked for Tenneco in that building in the mid-80s. Nice building, back in the day. Nice girl, too, but that's another story. Marty
  3. Re: monorails. I was at Antonio's Flying Pizza last night (Hillcroft just south of Westheimer) and I saw a Bob Bailey-ish picture of a DIFFERENT monorail on the wall there with other old Houston pictures. I did a quick Google search and the only pic I can find is the 1956 Arrowhead park one posted previously. The picture I saw was of a much more angular car than that one suspended below the rail, without a driver's compartment above. Anyone have any more info? Marty
  4. I hear that on my patio from time to time, and there are no birds in sight. It's little green tree frogs (not the common toads) They hide in the leaves and they are very hard to spot. Marty
  5. This Freeport deal is a mess. I grew up in Lake Jackson and my family had a boat when I was a kid. The seafood plants have been there forever; my sister-in-law knows the Gore family. I remember at least three marinas failing in the nearby area; the one "upscale" one, Bridge Harbor Marina, is still around. It's hard for me to believe that a marina would lead to the kind of development they are envisioning or even do well that close to the commercial shrimp fleet. Marty
  6. Hey! I resemble that remark, and my A4 Avant does too! Marty
  7. http://www.hcad.org/records/default.asp You'll need a street address. Marty
  8. Check out http://www.ricecop.com/ Marty
  9. I like how car-friendly Houston is compared to lots of other big cities, like the ones up nawth that grew big before cars existed. Parking is often both plentiful and free, and even the expensive parking beats, say, New York. Marty
  10. Well, I certainly love mine. I've had very little trouble with her and she (oh, most definitely a she) has 104,000 miles. Nothing but good service experiences at Advantage Audi. Marty
  11. I'll have to look in the AIA guide. The one I remember for sure is the square windowless building on Fannin between the museum district and downtown. The top story is painted dark and has cinderblock ornamental details all around. It used to be leased by Uniroyal and the story is supposedly that it was supposed to look like tire tread. Maybe, but being square keeps me from thinking "tire." Marty
  12. Ever heard of them? I've found very little information about them, except that Greene, who was a protege of Bruce Goff, is still living in California. Apparently Greene worked in Krakower's office early in his career, and there are still a few of his buildings in Houston Marty
  13. Oh, and the last time I was in San Antonio there was a kiddie park on Broadway on the edge of Breckinridge Park, similar to the ones described here. OLD rides incl. a carousel from 1918. Marty
  14. In reply to various bits: Yes, what is now Splashtown was originally opened as Hanna Barbera Land. I never went while it was HB land but they must have had to do some serious remodeling to make it into a water park. The all-you-can-eat seafood restaurant on Westheimer was Boston Sea Party. Yes, the train cars were Victorias Station. There was one on South Main which later became Antones. Anyone remember Pipe Organ Pizza? Marty
  15. Yes. It was the main Galveston train station and railroad offices (Santa Fe) and it closed down in the '60s. Now it's called Shearn Moody Plaza and it houses the Railroad Museum. Very interesting display of a part of American culture that has completely vanished. It was built originally in 1911 and then expanded in 1932 to more or less its present appearance. Marty
  16. Lake Jackson, 55 miles south of Houston, is like that too. It was developed just after WWII by the architect Alden Dow to house workers for the Dow Chemical Company. Almost all of the older, large buildings and houses are mod. Of course, a lot of the newer stuff is not. Why? I believe that a lot of people my age (mid-40's) grew up in neighborhoods that had a lot of mod or mod-inspired design, and to us, it just looks "old-fashioned." My elementary school had a spectacular mod building, though I didn't know it at the time. It just seemed "old." Our nostalgia for the 50s and 60s doesn't extend to living that way, with glass walls, low ceilings, and carports instead of garages. Also, the kitchen and bath explosion of the 80s makes us less interested in living with small kitchens and baths. Lake Jackson is featured in a recent issue of Cite. Marty
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