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  1. What happened to the historic Texas Revolution battles exhibit that used to be upstairs at the Museum of Natural Science? When I was a kid, they were my favorite things there, but when I moved back here in '97, they were gone. Anyone know where they are now?
  2. Looks like they have leased the spot on 19th Street that used to be Retropolis between Manready Mercantile and Teasip. Not much info on the website, but I am pretty sure it is the same people as in the Chron article. This is a breath of fresh air for the Heights. I would not have thought that anything like this would have even been a possibility at a time when everyone is fighting for a spot in the Heights for restaurants/bars/boutiques/spas, etc. https://houstontoymuseum.com/ https://www.chron.com/entertainment/article/Houston-Toy-Museum-looking-for-permanent-site-2004388.php
  3. I was browsing the newspaper The Thresher dated November 14, 1952 and came across a business ad for Contemporary Arts Museum located at 303 Dallas Ave. I know of three locations of the CAMH. I wonder which one is the original? This could be the first location? 303 Dallas Ave. 6945 Fannin St. 5216 Montrose Blvd. Art Museum Open Sculpture Exhibit The exhibit Sculpture - Directions and Forms open Sunday at the Contemporary Arts Museum, 302 Dallas Avenue. This is the first event at the Allied Arts Festival; Bernhardt Temmel, Director of the University of Houston Art Department assembled the exhibit to show the use of new materials and techniques as a means for a wider range of expression in the field of sculpture.
  4. https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/economic-development/east-end-maker-space-taps-in-opportunity-zone-for-mayors-complete-communities-initiative-101858?utm_source=outbound_pub_4&utm_campaign=outbound_issue_33886&utm_content=outbound_link_1&utm_medium=email Interesting article about new developments for TXRX "East End Makers Hub" and "The Center for Pursuit". Looks like East End Makers Hub will be at 6501 Navigation and Center for Pursuit at 4400 Harrisburg.
  5. While browsing old Houston maps I noticed the Contemporary Arts Museum was at the corner of Fannin St. & N. Braeswood Blvd. The map was dated in 1950. Earlier this week I was browsing old Rice's The Thresher magazines. In an issue dated September 23, 1965 I found an add for the The Contemporary Arts Museum which was located At 6945 Fannin Street. Does anyone have any images of the old building? What replaced this structure? Is this where the TECO (then Houston Natural Gas) plant is located? TECO's history states that in 1967 the Houston Natural Gas Central Plant was built. https://tecothermalenergy.com/about/history/
  6. If you missed riding the TEXAS LIMITED to Galveston back in the 1990s, there's a one-time opportunity on November 10, 2012 to ride there again as part of a commemoration of the revived Galveston Railroad Museum since the devastation of Hurricane Ike. The route will be over the former Santa Fe line instead of the GH&H line that the TEXAS LIMITED traversed. Scroll down to the very bottom of this link to find the large trip icon and click on it: http://www.galvestonrrmuseum.com/ Historically there were three railroad routes to Galveston and one electric interurban route from Houston.
  7. July 27, 2005, 4:09AM A major bequest for the Menil David Whitney's collection includes a few masterpieces By PATRICIA C. JOHNSON Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle The Menil Collection will receive a trove of modern art
  8. i went by the menil and rothko chapel yesterday and the broken obelisk in the reflecting pool in front of rothko is gone. anybody know what's up?
  9. Can anyone tell me the history behind the log cabin that in on the Ben Taub loop? I can't seem to locate any information on it!
  10. From the USA Today travel section Autumn leaves imprint in America's museums By Maria Puente, USA TODAY Fall is usually the busy season at American museums. Here are some notable exhibits from across the USA. Cartier Design Viewed by Ettore Sottsass Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Oct. 31-March 27, 2005 Another jewelry extravaganza, this one a collection of Cartier objects selected by Cartier art director and Italian design maestro Ettore Sottsass. Diadems, brooches, necklaces, rings and bracelets, as well as luscious accessories such as cigarette cases and clocks, are included among the 200 objects. See a maharaja's Elephant Mystery Clock, the Duchess of Windsor's tiger lorgnette and Daisy Fellowes' Tutti Frutti necklace. Information: 713-639-7300 or mfah.org. Nice seeing our museum highlighted along with these others: Guggenheim Museum, New York American Folk Art Museum, New York National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Los Angeles County Museum of Art I've been to a few of these, and they are fantastic museums. notable exhibits from across the USA
  11. Eternal Gandhi Museum Gets $100K from Elkins Foundation https://www.indoamerican-news.com/eternal-gandhi-museum-gets-100k-from-elkins-foundation/ https://egmh.org/ Houston: Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston (EGMH) is delighted to inform you that The Elkins Foundation, has provided a capital grant of $100,000 for the construction of the Museum. It is the second major foundation after Houston Endowment to offer support to EGMH in the early stages of its capital campaign. We are truly honored and sincerely express our gratitude to The Elkins Foundation for this magnanimous gesture to bring to life a unique civic asset to the culture landscape of Houston. Margaret Wiess Elkins and James A. Elkins, Jr. established The Elkins Foundation, https://www.theelkinsfoundation.org/, in 1956 as a way to help strengthen and enrich the community in which they lived. Today, their descendants continue that work. Under the stewardship of Elise Elkins Joseph, Leslie Elkins Sasser, Virginia Arnold Elkins and an Associate Board representing the next generation, The Elkins Foundation contributes each year to numerous organizations serving Houston and the Greater Gulf Coast. Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston (EGMH) is an initiative to preserve and continue the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi. The museum will be located in Houston, one of the most diverse cities in the United States. It will be the first ever museum dedicated to peace in the Americas. Its mission is to reinforce the universal values of Truth, Peace, Nonviolence, Love & Service. EGMH has acquired 3 acres of land in southwest Houston to house the museum and is launching a capital campaign. The proposed budget for construction is 6.5 million dollars as follows. The capital campaign has reached $ 2.9 million of the required $ 6.5 million. The EGMH Board of Trustees has committed $1.1 million and secured another $0.8 million in private donor commitments. The Houston Endowment Foundation recently awarded a capital grant of $500,000. A concerted fundraising campaign is underway through foundations, corporations and private donors to raise the remaining $3.6 million. https://egmh.org/faqs/
  12. I talked with 2 gentlemen who were in the process of determining what it's going to take to get the train engine in working shape. According to them a lot of parts were pilfered from the train and possibly taken to other like engines to get them running. They said that even though this train is about 100 yrs old there are about 300 railroad museums in the United States and the parts can be manufactured. The train was moved to the rail tracks near 2 warehouses and the eastern warehouse already has about a dozen antique rail cars. They also said the tender car was given away and they said that was a very stupid thing for whoever gave it away to do. It's like taking the gas tank off a car and expecting the car to still run. One of the guys said his ultimate goal would be to get it running and taking to Commerce St tracks into downtown, I'm pretty sure he was joking. He said he grew up in the Heights but now lives in Goliad. They also mentioned the Railroad Museum, said it would be on the other side of the warehouse, I don't know if he meant at Marmon Park or exactly where. The train was only lowered on the tracks that came with it and not on the rails below it. I also took pics of every train car on the rails except for the compressed helium gas car and an open top freight car.
  13. One of the blogs I follow, Brand New, has done an extensive piece about CAMH's new logo, which originates from the shape of the building. Linky: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/ucllc/brandnew Here's the before and after:
  14. Who designed the Holocaust Museum? For that matter who designed the MFAH buildings, Contemporary, and Menil?
  15. I did google Rodeo museum in Houston but I think only Cowboy museum on Almeda rd came close.
  16. Land donation gives a lift to veterans museum project Development of a veterans museum in Houston got a boost last week when ExxonMobil donated a 35-acre tract at the corner of Interstate 45 and Scarsdale Boulevard to the Veterans Museum in Texas, the nonprofit group spearheading the project. Houston was selected as the site because the more than 200,000 veterans who live in Harris County represent the largest concentration of veterans in the state. The museum's design will recognize each branch of service. The main museum building -- in the shape of the Lone Star of Texas -- will consist of three floors totaling 203,000 square feet. Space in each point of the star will be allocated to each of the major services -- Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines. - Jenna Colley
  17. This will be going up a few blocks down from the Holocaust Museum on Caroline From the Asia Society of Texas Website: Discover Asia without leaving the region. Asia Society Texas is your passport to Asia. Asia Society Texas is in the early phases of a campaign to realize the dream of building the Asia House in Houston. Asia House, to be located in the museum district, will provide a focal point for Asia Society Texas and a place to showcase the Asian American community. Asia House will include gallery spaces for permanent and visiting exhibitions, public space for performances and lectures, a library, garden and more.
  18. I walked by this site at 5104 Caroline the other day and Transwestern was marketing it. The Weather Museum's website indicates they intend to reopen at a new site. http://www.wxresearch.org/ Anyone have any information on where that might happen?
  19. I'm new to this forum and this is my first post and I am not quite sure if this goes here, but here goes: I remember the KPRC studio and the drive in along Post Oak and in 1967 or 68 when I was little, there was a wax museum directly across Post Oak from the drive-in. Does anyone remember the name and exact address of it? I'm curious because I work in the area and figure the museum was located where either Westlake Center or The Hampton is now. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks,
  20. A proposal to place the Texas Music Museum in Houston has been on the table for quite some time. Years ago the city was granted designation for the project but never received $10 million in funding from the state. Lawmakers picked up the idea for Austin, though the bill never passed. Now plans for it to be here may be picking up steam again. http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Push-for-Texas-music-museum-in-Houston-revived-11191967.php?cmpid=twitter-premium
  21. http://www.chron.com/life/article/Lone-Star-Flight-Museum-unveils-plan-for-35-5850508.php#photo-7058444
  22. I wonder how many people here are aware of the work that's being done to restore Houston's original 1940 Air Terminal? This is that wonderful old three story white art deco building on the other side of Hobby Airport from the current terminal. It's the one with the control tower bubble on the roof. http://www.1940airterminal.org/ It was designed by the same architect who designed Houston City Hall and some other public buildings in the late 1930s. Unfortunately, it was closed, abandoned, and boarded up when the larger terminal facing Airport Blvd was built in the mid 1950s. Fortunately for us, in recent years, the Houston Aeronautical Heritage Society, with help from Historic Houston, have worked tirelessly to raise the money and do the grunt work of cleaning up and restoring this beautiful old relic. Here's a link to Historic Houston's website, with some photos of the terminal and the work they're doing. In those days it was called Houston Municipal Airport. http://www.historichouston.org/newSite/lan...ks/virtual.htm# The work is ongoing, and there's still much to be done, but they've progressed to the point where they now have an aviation museum on the ground floor. It has a lot of Houston aviation memorabilia and priceless old photos of Houston as it was in the 40s and 50s. Walking through the door is like walking back in time, and it's a great way to spend an afternoon. I highly recommend it to everyone who enjoys learning about the history of this town.
  23. The Knock Knock Children’s Museum will finally break ground next week after more than a decade of raising money and several false starts. BREC and the nonprofit Knock Knock board of directors have secured a contractor to build the museum, which was designed to sit on a sloped hill near City-Brooks Community Park on Dalrymple Drive. An official groundbreaking ceremony will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday for the building, which is designed to have three peaks and walls of windows. The agency had not yet disclosed the contractor. BREC spokeswoman Cheryl Michelet said the contractor will be introduced at the groundbreaking ceremony. More at: http://theadvocate.com/news/12119386-123/finally-knock-knock-childrens-museum
  24. http://impactnews.com/blogs/sugar-land--missouri-city/sugar-land-heritage-museum-finds-permanent-home/
  25. The San Jacinto Monument IMO is a really wonderful piece of architecture in Houston. It symbolizes Texas History almost as fine as the Alamo. The only problem is its stuck way out in petrochemical/refinery heaven and is not at all a part of the Houston Skyline or anything of the like... I think it would be quite interesting to have it relocated somewhere up Buffalo Bayou- possibly in the East End where they are going to redo Buffalo Bayou making parks out of it, etc. Just off the Downtown Houston Skyline, but really a part of it...real close to town. I think it'd also be interesting to move the Battleship up there as well... I know its a crazy idea and of course it would not be the to close to where the battle of San Jacinto was... I just think its wasted now because of where it is. I think it could really add a great deal to Houston if it was right in town so it'd get much more exposure not just from locals, but tourists as well... Thoughts?
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