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  1. Just discovered Max Wesheimer's home in a newspaper article. Max was once of M.L. Westheimer's nephews. I looked on Google Maps and 1400 Chenevert is now a surface lot. I wonder how big his house was? From the newspaper The Jewish Herald-Voice dated September 22, 1938. Westheimer - Mr. and Mrs. Max and nephew, Mr. Joseph J. Eisemann, 1400 Chenevert, extend best wishes to all their friends and relatives for a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
  2. I'm not sure of this person's first name. Any help here? I read F. A. Heitman was a local hardware tycoon. The house was designed by none other William Ward Watkin. Such a beautiful home, that was since demolished.
  3. wow! I was reading the newspaper The Texas Jewish Herald dated August 26, 1926 and came across a newspaper that included the address of Sid Westheimer. Edit: This is an Alfred C. Finn designed building! Dave Westheimer It is with regret the Houston community learns of the passing of Dave Westheimer. Mr. Westhimer came to Houston about five years ago and established himself in the drug business, making a host of friends. He is a brother of Sid, S.J., Adolph, and Max Westheimer all well known business men of Houston. He is survived by his widow; a son, Eugene Westheimer; a daughter, Mrs. Louis Waldvogel of Columbus, Texas; two grandchildren; six sisters, Mr. Rachel Gale of Houston, Misses Hermine and Elise Westheimer of Houston and Misses Frieda and Bertha Westheimer and Mrs. Dina Henningsen, who live in Germany. Funeral services were held at the home of his brother, Sid Westheimer, 3704 Montrose Boulevard, at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Rabbi Abraham Schechter conducted the services. Interment was in Adam Yeshurun Cemetery.
  4. wow! Found an unknown residence of Mr. Joseph Finger. Looks like it's sandwiched in between the Museum District and Montrose located at 801 Portland Street, Colby Court. I wonder if he designed the home himself? Any pictures? From the newspaper The Texas Jewish Herald dated March 24, 1927. Hadassah Silver Tea A silver tea for the benefit of Hadasah will be given at the home of Mrs. Joseph Finger, 801 Portland, Colby Court, on Wednesday afternoon, April 6, from 3 to 5 o'clock. A cordial invitation is extended the public.
  5. Very cool! An old school in Montrose! Never even heard of it. Here's the business advertisement from the newspaper The Jewish Herald dated September 18, 1930. Does anyone recall this school? Any pictures? I'm sure the school was housed in a residential home? So a "school house" maybe? I'm assuming the superintendent/head instructor/owner was Maude Mitchell. Maude Mitchell School Fall Term Starting Sept. 15 Board and Day School Kindergarten and up to Tenth Grade French, Music and Expression Dancing / Transportation 4720 Montrose Blvd. / Lehigh 8405
  6. Look at this building!! The top designs just amaze me. Definitely wanted to share this one. Architect?
  7. I'm confused. There was more than one hospital in Montrose? I only knew of the Hedgecroft Hospital & Clinic located at 5010 Montrose Blvd. What's the deal with this place? Does anyone have any family medical history from this hospital? From The 1947 American Hospital Association's American Hospital Directory: Montrose Hospital Clinic - 4410 Montrose Blvd. Established - 1946 Annie Mae Wait R.N., Supt. Zone 6 Tel Li-3911 A decade later it seemed to change ownership/management. From the publication called Hospitals dated 1954-06: Vol 28 Iss 6. Montrose Est. 1945 – 4410 Montrose Blvd- Zone 6, & Tel Li-3911 A.M. Grath R.N., Supt. 15 Beds, 35 Adms, 375 Cen 15 Exp: Pay $37, 116 Assetts: Plant, $27,494 Total $28,142 Pers: Pd.20
  8. Found this in the publication Diseases of the Nervous System Volume 1 dated 1940. A little weird. I thought the Keightley Hospital was in Almeda On Anderson Road? I'm thinking it this was a second, more smaller location? I know Vivian Keightley started the company in Almeda, TX. Also, wasn't 1319 Richmond the original location of the Kinkaid School? I see the advertisement mentions new building under construction. I wonder if this was when Kinkaid moved out and sold their land? Okay, looking on HAIF I see the Kinkaid school was built in the 1920s, and was removed from directories in the 1940s. Keightley Hospital 1319 Richmond, Houston, Texas Jackson 21539 (New bldg. under construction) Member, Texas State Hospital Assn. Registered with A.M.A. Facilities for care of Neuropsychiatric Disorders
  9. wow! I found a hidden Houston museum. Never heard of this one. Looking on opencorporates, this business was active in the late 1960s to early 1970s. I believe Preston Weatherred was the owner/manager. Did anyone ever go here? Any memories of this place? Nine To Ninety Antique Toy Museum, Inc. 3900 Montrose * Houston, Texas Open 1:00 – 9:00 Daily Closed Mondays
  10. Not sure if this has a topic created already but I’ve seen this being built for a while now. Anyone have more info?
  11. Learned something new today! Joseph Finger designed a Battelstein's Department Store in Montrose located at 2010 South Shepherd Drive. Very cool!! I wasn't aware of this store. From the newspaper The Bellaire Texan dated May 6, 1964: Now Available at Battelstein's The Amazing New Finnish Sauna Portable Sauna Bath Have a Beauty SPA in your own home for pennies a day! It cleanses the body, relaxes tension, offers much pleasure and well being. Battelstein's 2010 South Shepherd Interior photo I found online: Interior of Battlestein’s Department Store, 2010 South Shepherd, ca. 1950. This suburban Battlestein’s was designed by Joseph Finger who also designed earlier downtown incarnations of Battlestein’s. The store’s interior was reminiscent of Foley’s Department Store, which opened in 1947.
  12. Does anyone know anything about this building? Looks boarded up and abandoned, no signs of life online
  13. Looks renovated, I wonder what this will be. It's between the Jenny's Ice Cream and the Barcelona restaurant.
  14. I was browsing the newspaper The Thresher dated October 3, 1930 and came across an advertisement for Rio Rita. Rio Rita Miniature Golf Links Houston's Newest and Best Perfect Putting On Carpet Greens On Montrose Blvd. across from Plaza Hotel.
  15. The building on the corner of Colquitt St. and Driscoll St. is being demolished. Not sure if it's going to be a part of the 3 others properties GIA bought but is next to them. Gia guy told me they bought the 3 houses for a future project like the 1836 Richmond Gia apartments.
  16. I was reading the newspaper The Houston Post dated December 1, 1923 and came across an advertisement for W.C. Munn Company "The Fastest Growing Department Store In Texas." Santa and Mr. Horwitz land at the Flying Field at West Alabama and Shepherd's Damn Road at 9:30 this morning. First, however. they will fly over the city several times before landing. Everybody is invited to the flying field to see him. On leaving the field Santa will use a "Lincoln" automobile to ride in the procession to Munn's store, where he is scheduled to arrive at 10 o'clock.
  17. Proposed unrestricted plat. Developer - https://kensingerdonnelly.com https://kensingerdonnelly.com/property/alabama-shepherd/
  18. I was looking for the residence of one of the original MD Anderson Foundation trustees Horace Morse Wilkins. He was a very powerful man. Worked at two downtown banks. He was the Vice President of State National Bank, and I believe, in the younger days a cashier, or assistant at another bank. According to the City of Houston 1922 directory this is what is listed for him: Wilkins, Horace M (Mary) V-Pres State National Bank, Treas State Bldg & Inv Assn, r 2 Bellecourt Apts, Tel Had 2220. 1922 listing for Houston apartments specifies: Bellecourt The 1405 Webster Av Anyone have pictures of The Bellecourt Apartments located at 1405 Webster Avenue?
  19. I was reading the newspaper The Bellaire Texan dated February 8, 1978 and came across an address for Herman Pressler. H.P. Pressler was another famous person of the Texas Medical Center. DAR Schedules Month's Events The John McKnitt Alexander chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, has two important events scheduled in the month of February. The annual Valentine party given for the veterans at the Veteran's Hospital will be at 4 p.m. Feb. 14th following the February chapter meeting. Members are urged to bring cookies for the veterans to the meeting Hostess for the event is Mrs. Larry Morris, 5326 Mandell. Mrs. Jane Bruyere and Mrs. P.G. A. Singleton are in charge of the veteran's Valentine party. In observance of George Washington's birthday, a tea will be given at the home of Mrs. Herman Pressler, 2133 Pine Valley Dr., honoring Mrs. Ford Hubbard and new chapter members. The hours are 2 to 4 p.m. Mrs. Robert E. Lee is chairman for the tea.
  20. I was reading the publication "Houston Gargoyle, Volume 4 dated in 1931 and came across a business listing for The Montrose Sanitarium And Nurses Registry located at 3508 Milam Street. The Montrose Sanitarium and Nurses Registry. 3508 Milam - Hadley 232. Mrs. Catherine Hunt, Mgr. An institution where the sick are cared for both day and night, with private or semiprivate rooms.
  21. George B Meyer was probably the brother the son of Joseph F Meyer, Sr. The 1923 City Directory shows George Meyer as a VP at the Joseph F Meyer Company. In 1923, he lived at 202 Avondale. I'll do some more digging and see where the Holcombe house was. It looks like the house was at 1907 Holcombe, which is the Ronald McDonald House now. From teh 1950 Census:
  22. It's not on the Planning Commission web site yet but this makes me think they might be demolishing the old Chase bank for new residences.
  23. I was browsing the newspaper The Rice Thresher dated October 16, 1942 and came across an article about the Little Theater located at 707 Chelsea Blvd. Little Theater Opens Tuesday An event of interest to the Institute theater-goers who have bee left in the cold since the disbanding of the Dramatic Club, will be the opening Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. of the first production of the season by Houston Little Theater. The offering will run through Saturday night, although the last night the house will be given over in a large part to Soldiers. The play will be "The Heart of the City", by Lesley Storms, and the direction will be in charge of Dr. Friedrich Jessner. The Little Theater is located at 707 Chelsea Boulevard. Dr. Jessner, who comes to the Little Theater from the drama department of Yale University, has a wide and varied experience in the theater bot in this country and abroad. I'm not exactly sure what this is. Doesn't sound like a film theater, but a theater of the arts. Maybe this was apart of the Rice Institute's courses? I see talk about a drama club.
  24. I was browsing the newspaper The Texas Jewish Herald dated October 11, 1934 and came across a business ad for Kaphan's Restaurant located at 700 Waugh Drive. This restaurant came after their 7900 South Main Street location? I never knew they had another location on Waugh Drive. Kaphan's reopened tonight in their beautiful new home at 700 Waugh Drive. Same policy, same cooks, same genial atmosphere. Weldon Burke and his Tropical Serenaders Dine, Dance, and Make Merry from 8 P.M. Until 3 A.M.
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