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  1. The only thing pleasant about that building was the breeze and feeling of openness. Rare for a pseudo brutalist midcentury bunker. Now they’ve made it look like a jail.
  2. Yes, it was bought by Methodist and closed about 2002 or so. During Hurricane Rita (2005) it was used as a shelter for Baytown Fire and Police. All the utilities were still on. There were some Red Cross relief offices in there briefly after the hurricane. After that left it just got worse and worse and became a target of URBEXers and less savory characters. They finally tore it down after it became a nuisance.
  3. can we treat this as a Hartman Bridge thread or should I start a separate one? It's quite a photogenic structure
  4. The museum shared this photo of their old building on Instagram. I read this was in the Zoo. Does anyone know where, exactly? I'd love to see more about this building.
  5. What LEED certification does the Chrysler Building hold?
  6. I thought the one on Westheimer at Fountainview was the first in Houston. My first was the Meyerland location; I remember going there with my church group in probably 1995-96.
  7. If this building's long axis is perpendicular to Bellaire Boulevard and it is where Black Eyed Pea is now it could be legally very interesting. The restaurant is in the City of Houston whereas part of the prking lot behind it is in the City of Southside Place. These renderings seem to show the building straddling the city limits.
  8. A few years ago when Spec's was moving into the old LInens 'n' Things space they had to take out some foundation to add infrastructure for the kitchen. They found curbs underneath, like the shopping center was built over a street without removing the old pavement. Looking at the historic imagery in Google Earth you can see there was a street there but it looks grown over before the center was even built. It also shows the Weingarten's/Randall's was built as a standalone building.
  9. Will the book ever be printed again? I'm awfully happy that I have a copy of it but feel like it should still be available.
  10. Are you talking about the apartments at Stella Link and Grammercy or the ones a couple blocks west at Academy and Grammercy?
  11. This is a very cool project. I know of a few in Baytown you could cover.
  12. Houstorian has some old topo maps that you guys might find useful along these lines: http://houstorian.wordpress.com/old-houston-maps/
  13. I like it. Light, airy, bright, clean, open, just like the new terminal entry. Hobby continues to open its lead on my personal list of favorite airports.
  14. I just finished reading The Fault Does Not Lie With Your Set and was particularly intrigued by one of the stories in the section about the towers. In January of 1979 some bad winter weather moved in and iced over the elevator cable in the tower. (I didn't know any of these towers had elevators!) A guy was riding it up for maintenance when it started to slip so he put on the emergency brake and climbed out and the rest of the way up to the top. Two guys came to repair the elevator but were unable to do so and they also sought refuge at the top. So they had three workers stuck up on top of the tower and had to call in the Coast Guard with a helicopter to get them down.
  15. I'm intrigued by this battle command center. I wonder if that will have something to do with controlling drones overseas, like they do in Tonopah, NV, or if it will be a NORAD component for airspace here.
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