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  1. Your First Starbucks

    Of course, B&N wasn't there when Lewis Black came up with his bit.
  2. Huey's! That was it. And the Vault was of course was the Bank Draft and they had a vault. duh! Forgot about the Bay Brewery. They had a great back deck that overlooked the Bay. There was also another brewery in Galveston maybe the Galveston Brewery? It was south of the Stand on a sw corner.
  3. It was just called The Village Brewery and it was on Dunstan in the old post office. Across the street was The Vault which was more of a brewpub. On Richmond there was Rock Bottom (chain) and the Houston Brewery. Also, Bradley's in Clear Lake There was also one on the North Freeway somewhere near Richey on the west side of the freeway. Name slips me right now. There was also a small brewpub on Highway 6. The name also slips me. May have been a few others but those are the ones I remember.
  4. Tony Romas ribs

    There was a Tony Roma's in Webster. I thought it was pretty good at the time. I think it was only open a few years. It closed sometime in the mid/early nineties. My memory says the building was originally a Gallagher's Steakhouse in the 80s. HCAD seems to confirm this and has a 1980 build date. https://www.google.com/maps/@29.5275818,-95.1290046,3a,75y,43.15h,87.4t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s2vvK1fkomZDtI9uz-lsVww!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
  5. El Pollo Loco

    I remember one of the original Houston El Pollo Loco locations was off the south side of the East Freeway between Lathrop and Kress. About 6670 East Freeway. https://www.google.com/maps/place/6670+East+Fwy,+Houston,+TX+77020 (embedded links option not working for me..for some reason) I would see it when commuting back then, but never stopped in. Ostioneria 7 Mares moved in not long after El Pollo Loco left and it is still there. (They have a side street address now at 826 Zoe) It was the first time I ever saw the word Ostioneria so it drew my attention! Looking at streetview, they have added on to the rear of the original building
  6. North Main Street Tunnel

    I imagine they probably did use the tunnel although I do not know for certain. I could find no photos or mention of it in Barron's Houston Streetcar book. That book mentions that the east side streetcars used the (former) Preston Ave Tunnel, eliminating a previous grade crossing with the railroad there.
  7. Lower Westheimer, 1981

    I think the numbering may have been messed up by the addition of the Tower Theater, when it was built in the 30s and maybe the way the two differently oriented street grids converge at Westheimer. The Tower block should probably be the 1100 block to match the numbering of the other blocks of Montrose south of Westheimer. On the north side of Westheimer, the small lot where Hay Market is, seems to have always been the entirety of the north side 1100 block. So, to me, it looks like the division between 1100 and 1200 on the south side should have really been at Mt. Vernon (Commonwealth wasn't connected to Lovett until the mid-sixties). The ~1925 Sanborn map of the block seems to concur, but there was only one small structure there at the time (on the far west, adjacent to houses fronting Mt. Vernon) with an 1101 Westheimer address. I have access to a 1936 city directory and it has the Tower Theater listed but without an address noted (It was built in that year). The directory does have Jack Roach Ford at 1201 (which is the current Tower address). From old photos of the Tower (see first link below), I see that Jack Roach Ford was in the structure adjacent to the theater that currently houses Adam and Eve (Adam and Eve currently sports the 1111 address). In 1936, the only other business on the south side of the block was at 1203, the Ritz-Carlton Beauty Salon, (see second link below). Could this beauty salon be the forerunner to P Maison? So if there is a 1201 to the east of the Tower and a 1203 to the west, there isn't any room for the Tower in that numbering system. The next Sanborn map is from ~1950 (see attached) and you can see that TWO buildings have 1117 and 1111! The ONLY 1100 addresses on that block, surrounded by 1200's on BOTH SIDES. The 1117 building also has 1203B written above it. This seems, to me, to be an address renumbering change. Old on top/New on bottom. 1203B/1117, 1213/1215, 1211/1111,1201B/1203A The 1203B/1117 building appears it could be the same as the 1101 building from 1925. It also appears that they may have squeezed in the Tower theater in 1936 as 1201B. So, sometime between the 80s and now they renumbered in order to correct the sequence, but keeping the Tower theater building as 1201 and putting the only 1100 to the east of the tower (Adam and Eve). But why did they keep 1117 and 1111 for so long?? And why did they not give Jack Roach Ford, The Tower Theater, and the Ritz-Carlton Beauty Salon 1100 numbers to begin with? https://blog.chron.com/bayoucityhistory/files/legacy/towertheatre.jpg https://blog.chron.com/bayoucityhistory/files/legacy/towertheatre1.jpg
  8. Identity of a building in a 1920 photograph

    South side of Richmond at Graustark was the Kincaid School built sometime in the mid-20s unfortunately it was only one story
  9. Identity of a building in a 1920 photograph

    Okay so the property on Graustark at 59 seems to be the Pauline Sterne Wolff Memorial Home for Widows and Orphans. A google search says the home was the first Jewish orphanage in Texas and her fund still seems to be around according to this post from 2015 http://jhvonline.com/jfs-senior-adult-service-wing-to-carry-benefactors-name-p19236-109.htm "Pauline Sterne Wolff’s name is known through the many programs and facilities made possible by the foundation, a legacy that has profoundly impacted the city of Houston. Pauline Sterne Wolff died in 1921. The Wolff Memorial Foundation began with a $600,000-plus estate; $100,000 of the estate was used to buy land and build the Pauline Sterne Wolff Memorial Home in 1930. For decades, the home provided a safe and nurturing place for Jewish orphans to grow and flourish."
  10. Identity of a building in a 1920 photograph

    I searched all through the Sanborn maps for any possible building and there doesn't seem to be anything that fits the bill. I even tried to triangulate the location of the building from the photo you posted above and another Schlueter photo from the Rice History Corner posted on March 27 https://ricehistorycorner.com/2018/03/27/chemistry-building-construction-circa-1925/ https://ricehistorycorner.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/oversize-chem-construction-1925.jpg Based on my amateur analysis, I determined that the building should be between two N/S lines formed roughly by Graustark and West Blvd and as far north as Richmond. I redoubled my efforts in the Sanborn maps and the City Directories. I searched the lists of schools and apartment buildings. The Kinkaid School was there but it was one story and faced north. There doesn't seem to be anything. Also note that the 1924 Sanborn maps don't go west of Institute, so it might have slipped off the left of the map. I wonder if maybe it wasn't around long. I decided to search for other Schlueter photos but I could not find anything else to really help. I did find a photo of this unidentified building that could possibly pass as the subject building. Unfortunately it has no location or identification. http://digital.houstonlibrary.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/schlueter/id/207/rec/19
  11. Houston 1967 street view question

    Okay, my original thought was Gulf Freeway at Scott but when I pulled up streetview it seemed too far away. But I just looked at my 1976 directory and it shows a Gulf and a Mobil at that intersection. Probably just a coincidence as the angle doesn't look quite right between Scott and the freeway either.
  12. Houston 1967 street view question

    Just guessing but it would seem to me it would have to be Gray or Calhoun (St. Joseph) since it is one way inbound. This would also work with the billboard and the tall Gulf sign, that would be visible from the Gulf Freeway. Maybe Gray and La branch? Seems to sorta work from street view.
  13. There used to be US75 signs on the feeder at Broad/Myrtle (And it looks like at least one is still there) https://www.google.com/maps/@29.7076238,-95.3045268,3a,75y,261.5h,87.5t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s5b98lA7A35jMMHtPW1JEcw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 They used to be on both sides of the freeway but I only see them here on google maps. Also somewhere it that area (maybe the same intersection), they replaced a set of them on one corner at some point in the late 90s (i think) and incorrectly put State Highway 75 Shields up.
  14. Battlesteins

    I don't think the San Jacinto Mall Beall's was planned as a Battlestein's. The Beall's on Texas Ave in downtown Baytown closed and reopened at the mall when it opened. The Penney's and Sears also moved their Texas Ave locations when the mall opened. Same thing with The Fair (aka Bay Fair) It moved from Bay Plaza on Alexander. Also, my memory thinks the Battlestein's at Almeda had already turned into a Palais Royal by like 1978 or 1979
  15. Where was this Stop N Go?

    Here you go. I just searched UHaul locations. Beechnut & Bissonnet https://www.google.com/maps/@29.6898424,-95.5031353,3a,75y,246.44h,87.94t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sHvLf-mH_vXzCHJ1DpC0PfA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656