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  1. Weingarten/Lavinghousez Mansion - Natural Burial Cemetery? Saw this bulletin over the weekend surrounding the Kuhlmann Family Cemetery. Apparently, Terry Ward is trying to buy both adjacent properties and transform everything into a "Remembrance Park". Anyone have any insider scoop? http://indigofields.com/
  2. Keystone #9C 1120 Texas $1,850 / month (all utilities included) http://www.gunn.net/keystone-exterior-2.jpg Come to Keystone Lofts and find Downtown Houston living at its finest! Located on the corner of San Jacinto and Texas, the Keystone Lofts are centrally located in Downtown Houston, putting you in walking distance from all of your favorite attractions. Wood floors flow throughout the unit, complete with exposed ductwork, beam ceilings and large light-filled windows with views that stretch past Minute Maid Stadium. Just off the spacious living room, the kitchen comes complete with breakfast bar, granite counter tops, under-mount lighting, stainless appliances and plenty of storage. A three quarters wall separates the guest bedroom / office from the master suite that features a unique concrete column and large walk-in closet with built-in storage and a full length mirror. The bathroom features beautiful porcelain tile floor and tile surround, a granite countertop with room with vanity area and a shower / Jacuzzi tub combination. This unit is in walking distance to all of Downtown Houston's attractions including the YMCA for a workout or swim, the Discovery Green Park, Minute Maid Stadium, The Flying Saucer, the Theater District and the Houston Pavillions. click here for more information 2 Bedroom / 1 Bath 1,405 sq.ft. / HCAD
  3. 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.
  4. Does anyone know whether the papers of Joseph Finger have been preserved, and where they might be found? Thanks!
  5. Found this in the newspaper The Houston Post dated March 8, 1914. Any renderings of this building? Three-Story Brick Apartment. L. Kaiser has employed Architect Joseph Finger to prepare plans and specifications for a three-story brick apartment house, which will be located at the corner of Rusk and Austin Streets.
  6. Awesome!! Wait. These two articles could be discussing different buildings? The time lines add up, and both were on the corner of Dallas street. One says Dallas and Crawford, the other says Dallas & Travis. The number of apartments seem to be different as well. 18 vs. 28. I'd say maybe incorrect reporting? The apartments are very similar! I unearthed a rare Joseph Finger building! Found in the newspaper The Houston Post. dated January 26, 1914. The Heidingsfelder Apartments The Heidingfelder Apartments to be erected by C.E. Heidingsfelder at the corner of Crawford and Dallas at a cost of approximately $50,000. The building will contain 18 apartments, all of the apartments being provided with hot water at all times. The building will be constructed of dark-colored pressed brick, richly ornamented with terra cotts. It is the intention of Mr. Heidingsfelder to erect a garage and servants' building in the rear of the apartments for the accommodation of those using the apartments who have autos or servants. The plans for the building were drawn by Joseph Finger, architect, 321 National Bank Building. A few months later, it appears the apartment building was called Lonoma. The Houston Post. dated March 8, 1914. Work Progressing Nicely. Work on the Lonoma apartment house, now under construction, corner of Travis and Dallas Avenue, will be resumed in a few days, Architect Joseph Finger predicts that the building will be ready for occupancy within the next six weeks. The building will contain 28 apartments have will be equipped with modern conveniences.
  7. Apparently, this 1930s residential home was designed by Joseph Finger. Cool! Joseph Finger was such an amazing architect. 7312 Main Boulevard Joseph Finger, 1931 Finger's office designed this trimly proportioned and detailed house is a French provincial vein; the asymmetric composition and steel casement windows are distinctive '30s attributes. I can't seem to find it on Google Earth. Unless if the wealthy person had a lot of extra land, and the home sat far back from the property line. Google Earth capture dated 1944:
  8. Came across this cool old building in midtown designed in the 1920s by Joseph Finger. The Berman's Music Center At 4910 Main Street.
  9. Another one of Joseph Finger's hidden gems. This is the 1920s downtown office building for Big City News with an address of 1400 Milam Street. Awesome building, awesome architect! Love the details on this one.
  10. 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."
  11. Found a very cool Joseph Finger building from the 1950s! Phoenix Furniture Store on the corner of Texas Ave. & Travis St. From the newspaper Labor Messenger dated November 26, 1943. Compliments Phoenix Furniture Store New Location - Texas at Travis
  12. Yea that is a good article, I guess I should ask about the history of the Spanish Style home that one has been there since before 1944. AS seen in the pic here. http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg60/dlfswi/historic-houston/bras-mansion44.png 1953 pic http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg60/dlfswi/historic-houston/bras-mansion53.png 1964 pic http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg60/dlfswi/historic-houston/bras-mansion64.png 02 pic http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg60/dlfswi/historic-houston/bras-mansion02.png Also thx for the responses guys I appreciate it.
  13. I was trying to find info about this Houston based company. The owner of Parker Brothers owned a house in Riverside Terrace that has been owned by members of my extended family since the late 60s. For years, I noticed that one of the bathrooms had a tug boat outline designed into the floor pattern, but never knew why. I was told that Parker Brothers owned a concrete company, and I've found a photo of a Parker Brothers Sand and Gravel Building on Navigation, but I've also found results for Parker Brothers Shipyard. That would explain the tug boat outline in the bathroom floor. Were the two companies owned by the same person?
  14. So at the bottom floor there's a sign facing mm park that says somethin about a collection of shops coming soon. I don't know of the age or current status of that statement but I think that's good retail spot cuz A: mm park foot traffic is tremendous right there esp. on game days, and B: even not on gamedays home plate bar and b.u.s. still have customers due to the fanbase they've built up thus offering sort of another little beginning of an "area" to hang out and "barhop" on foot downtown. Every time I saw yalls posts on e.s.p.n. bar I always thought that would be a good spot. And even better spot for residential above the retail. I mean next door to mm park, some lofts could go for a pretty high price.
  15. A little confusing, but I believe this Joseph Finger building did not get built. Jesse H. Jones hired Alfred C. Finn to increase the height and change a few things. The original design by Finger was not selected.
  16. 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.
  17. Very cool piece of history! I found this in The Houston Post dated July 1, 1916.
  18. Philip Hoffman was the fifth president of the University of Houston, and the first chancellor of the University of Houston System. Hoffman also served as president of the Texas Medical Center from from 1981 until 1984. From the newspaper The Bellaire & Southwestern Texan dated September 15, 1965: U of H Women's Tea Will Be In President's Home The University of Houston Women's Association in having a Tea honoring the Newcomer's to the University. The Tea will be held at the home of Marry Hoffman, wife of the President, Dr. Philip Hoffman, 3612 Parkwood between the hours of 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, September 18. The committee in charge consists of Romayne McElhinney, chairman, Yvonne Owen, Claraader and Lola Dudely, with assistance from A.J. Joeman and her Newcomer Committee.
  19. Nit Noi Thai Cafe opened for business last week downtown on the block of 300 Main Street and they were packed for lunch. Nit Noi had butcher paper up on the windows while they were doing construction to their space at 301 Main Street( previousely Cava's)at the corner of Congress. Cava's moved right across the street next to Cielo Bistro.This block seems to have emerged as Downtown's Restaurant Row as it seems to have the most restaurant cafes and bars in downtown that are all located on the same block and or within close proximity including: Mia Bella,Grum Bar, Clark's,Notsuoh,The Office Bar, Martel's Bar,Cava's Bistro,Cielo,Red Cat Jazz Cafe,Del Rey,and Voice within Hotel Icon."The Hub" building is the only remaining location on this block available for a restaurant or bar and has an updated tan stucco facade which replaced the fire engine red tile and large neon "Hub" signage. If you go to this link and scroll towards the bottom of the page there are some cool photos of this historic block and "The Hub" building over the years: http://www.hsacq.com/312-main-street-downtown-houston-texas
  20. I was looking at the Houstonhistorymagazine's Riverside Terrace and Environs: An Architectural Tour and notice the Abe Battelstein home designed by Joseph Finger.
  21. Didn't know where to put this, but I saw a gentleman measuring off the building today. He had measuring tape and was jotting everything down on his notepad. He also had what looked like a sketched/diagram kind of figure on his paper.
  22. This looks like the Rockefellers music venue on Washington Ave.
  23. http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2015/07/old-coffee-building-in-eado-to-be-restored/ Not sure if there is already a thread on this...
  24. My apologies for posting on the same topic in two different forums, but I thought there might be people on this forum who, like me, missed the original discussion on this in the Real Estate forum. As others of you already know, GHPA added the West Mansion to their Endangered Buildings List. Links to articles and other background information have been posted here, on the other forum, but I'll include some links again here for those interested: 1/13/07 Chronicle article 10/25/06 Chronicle article 12/6/06 NYT article re Hakeem Olajuwon's real estate investments GHPA Endangered Buildings List Texas Historical Commission write-up
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