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  1. I remember hearing Spaw Glass used to be headquartered where the infamous 2727 Kirby high rise is located. I decided to do a little research. The contract for the new air conditioned, two classrooms addition, was awarded to Spaw-Glass Inc., 2727 Kirby Drive. Plans were prepared by Clyde F. Hall, 4549 Benning. The office building also leased space to several companies. These advertisements are from the 1960s and 1970s. American Institute of Motivation, Inc. located in Suite 312: Globe Personnel Consultants in Suite 316: Don Brelsford Company:
  2. I was reading the newspaper The Bellaire Texan dated May 25, 1955 and came across a Grand Opening advertisement for Bill Roberts’ Charcoal Inn Restaurant located at 2702 Kirby Drive. Grand Opening Wednesday – June 1 5:30 P.M. The Town Crier’s own Steakhouse The finest steaks broiled to succulent tenderness over the charcoal flame. Complete steak dinners from $3.25 Salad & Baked Potato Open daily for lunch—11:30 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Bill Robert’s Charcoal In 2702 Kirby Drive (One block South of the Kirby-Westheimer intersection) JU-4888
  3. I am sure this is somewhere on the going up, but I couldn't find it. Does anyone know how tall the new complex will be? I would guess Avalon Diner will be next to go.
  4. Highland Village is one of the best shopping areas in Houston. I think that Houston needs more of theses type of shopping areas. I just wish that the shopping was closer to the road (More Urban), but it's great how it is. Does anyone know of any new shopping areas going up that area comparable to Highland Village?
  5. It's interesting to note that the surface lot across from this just went on the market. http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/SEC-WESLAYAN-W-ALABAMA-Houston-TX/11813599/
  6. EXCLUSIVE REPORTS From the August 12, 2005 print edition Car dealership gives way to urban infill Jennifer Dawson Houston Business Journal A high-end development mixing retail, residential and possibly office space will soon be parked on an inner-city tract that has been occupied by auto dealerships for the past three decades. Trademark Property Co. is negotiating a long-term ground lease on six acres on Westheimer just west of Mid Lane, which is currently home to a Central Ford dealership. Trademark is the Fort Worth-based developer behind the $100 million Market Street project in The Woodlands. That successful 34-acre development includes 400,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and 100,000 square feet of office space. Read More...
  7. The old Chappell Jordan Clock Galleries at 2222 Westheimer Rd will be demolished to make way for a furniture showroom and office. AB Modern will build here. https://abmodern.com/ https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/TABS/Search/Project/TABS2021001032
  8. By NANCY SARNOFF Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle Prime land up for grabs A pair of prime parcels of inner-city real estate is about to change hands for the first time in decades. Apartment developers are in negotiations with the William Dickey estate for six acres of coveted land on Kirby Drive. Gables Residential and the Hanover Co. are lined up to take control of two tracts on the west side of Kirby just south of Westheimer, according to real estate sources. Gables is said to be planning an apartment project on four acres that front Kirby, while Hanover is eyeing two acres just west of the Gables site for a high-rise residential tower. The proposed projects will replace the River Oaks Tennis Club and an adjacent retail center that currently occupy the land. An official from Gables would not comment. Hanover could not be reached. The Dickeys, an old-line Houston family that has owned most of the land along Kirby between Westheimer and West Alabama for more than a century, put the property on the block earlier this year. The family, which has maintained control of much of its land through long-term ground leases, is expected to sell the two acres to Hanover and lease the four acres to Gables. The Dickeys are also looking to lease about two acres on the east side of Kirby, where the now-defunct Hard Rock Cafe and Anthony's restaurant buildings sit. About five years after real estate developer William Dickey died, his family decided to relinquish control of nearly eight acres of land on Kirby. Bids for the property were solicited in May by Wulfe & Co. Of the more than 20 offers that came in, just a few are left standing, said Kenneth Katz of Wulfe & Co. "The site will likely be developed as a mixed-use project by one or more developers," is all Katz will say about the deal. In addition to the land on Kirby, the Dickeys also control long-term ground leases with Whole Foods for its West Alabama supermarket and the Ainbinder Co., which owns the Borders bookstore shopping center across the street.
  9. http://www.riveroakssite.com/ https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/3703-Westheimer-Rd-Houston-TX/17157755/ Drake Realty Group is pleased to announce the exclusive listing of a spectacular, premier infill core redevelopment opportunity strategically located in the heart of River Oaks, at 3703 Westheimer Rd., totaling 1.7 acres.
  10. There has been some confusion about how Buffalo Speedway was named. In the discussion people have brought up the oval track on Westheimer Road and the oval track on Stella Link by the present-day Pershing Middle School. HAIF has figured out the large oval track on Stella Link near Buffalo Speedway was called the Houston Speedway, often times referred to the Bellaire Speedway. Nobody had concrete information about the oval track on Westheimer Road. Everything about the mysterious oval track was from maps and internet articles. I was researching Mitchell Louis Westheimer earlier this week. I was browsing the newspaper The Houston Daily Post dated January 4, 1896 and saw a classified ad by M.L. Westheimer about leasing of a race track. The ad states: Race Track For Lease- I will lease my one-mile regulation race track, three and one-half miles from Houston, to good, responsible parties. Address M.L. Westheimer, Houston. Here's a Bellaire map from 1921. You can see the edge of the city on the far right. The street grid with the rectangle dots that are, presumably, buildings. The oval track is roughly 3-1/2 miles west of the city. I think HAIF has finally figured this out! In the map by the oval track you can see the same rectangle dots and circular red dots. I'd imagine those were buildings (dwellings, stables, barns, shacks, etc.) and then red circles are, presumably, water wells. In 1906, Mitchell's wife posted a classified ad selling the remainder of the 640-Acre Westheimer farm. 88-1/2 acres left over. The ad states: My farm of 88 1/2 acres with dwellings, barns, wells, etc.; suitable for dairy or truck farm. Apply Mrs. M.L. Westheimer, 1501 Texas avenue.
  11. Is this guy b.s. or what? I haven't heard anything about it: "Dudes and Ladies, I was very upset when I heard from a business owner in River Oaks Plaza that later this year, early next, they are getting rid of the theater to put in a 30 story high-rise. word is, they are axing black eyed pea too, for a multi-level parking garage." You can read the rest here: http://members.boardhost.com/hands_up/msg/1151627265.html Anyone know anything?
  12. There was discussion about this 1.87-acres of land in the Hanover River Oaks thread. Fresh on Loopnet, listing created yesterday. https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/2801-Kirby-Dr-Houston-TX/21177891/
  13. I was reading the newspaper The Houston Post dated October 30, 1921 and noticed a public school on Westheimer Road called John Smith School. I then found a library item that has more details. 2503 Westheimer Houston Forum of Civics of River Oaks Garden Club. Built about 1880 until 1920 The John Smith School. Restored in 1927 by Will Hogg. A memorial since 1942 to Will and Mike Hogg. Gardens added in 1955. Open to public. I just looked on Google satellite. The River Oaks Garden Club Forum is still there! Do they own that whole parcel? Can't even imagine how much that RO parcel is worth!! I bet Hines or Hanover could build something tall here
  14. I was researching the developer of the Westbury neighborhood of Houston. It looks like Ira Berne was the developer of the residential subdivision in Southwest Houston. Julian Keither also helped Ira Berne with the Westbury Company. (formally known as Berne Company?) Ira Berne also developed the Westbury Square Shopping Center as well. In the magazine House & Home dated February 1958 there was a small detail of the Westbury neighborhood. Westbury is the most active subdivision in Houston's growing southwest. Photo shows a portion of the first section, where 20 builders have erected houses. The finished development will have 5,000 lots. Most houses here sell for $16,000 to $35,000. His wife, Geral Berne, obituary mentions they lived at the Lamar Tower at 2929 Buffalo Speedway. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/houstonchronicle/name/geral-berne-obituary?id=20774692 A truepeoplesearch result also mentioned Ira Berne lived at 2929 Buffalo Speedway: 2929 Buffalo Speedway #2004 Houston, TX 77098 Harris County (Apr 1993 - Mar 2015) From the newspaper The Bellaire Texan dated August 13, 1958: Westbury Will Be Site Of 1959 Home Builders Parade Of Homes The display of new homes, 1959 style, will be on 35 lots on Warm Springs in Westbury Section 3, adjacent to Parkwest. Julian Keither, of the Westbury Company, said homes on display will include both those of the type being constructed in Parkwest and in Westbury- Westbury addition is being developed by Ira Berne. Started early in 1955, the subdivision now has 1600 homes, and consists of Westbury, Parkwest, and Westbury South. Eventually the developers expect 4800 homes will be built on the 1700 acres included in the addition. The subdivision has two elementary school sites, one of which will be ready for this fall, and a senior high school site at Chimney Rock and Luddington. The new junior high school for the South Post Oak area is located adjacent to Westbury. There are also plans for a 50 acre shopping center to be known as Westbury Square at Bellfort and Chimney Rock. From houstonhistorymagazine.org: As the city’s boom continued through the 1950s and 1960s, other developers followed the same formula. In the mid-1950s Ira Berne’s Westbury Corporation developed the large Westbury neighborhood at the end of South Main. Covering three square miles and containing 5,000 homes. Consistent with the social conformity of the 1950s, all of Westbury’s homes were ranch house designs, but they featured a remarkable amount of stylistic diversity. If you can afford $125 or more a month Your family belongs in this picture.. Just picture your family in these wonderful surroundings... full of the warm satisfaction and pride your first fine home inspires. If you're looking for your first time home, and want to invest shrewdly, we suggest you visit Westbury. Take a leisurely look through the homes...walk through Westbury Square with its fine shops, restaurants and class fountain...drive through the miles of beautifully landscaped boulevards compare it with any community you've ever seen! We're sure you'll agree with the thousands of families who have looked...compared...and bought more homes in Westbury than anywhere else in Houston. So, if you're looking for a home...$17,000 to $52,500... drive out today! We're open from 9 'till 7 seven days a week. If you want any information before coming out call us at PA 3-2600. Westbury Post Oak Road at Willowbend Blvd. A Berne Company
  15. Exciting to see this area develop. Someone needs to knock down the Public Storage across the street next.
  16. Sonic Automotive to build a "big beautiful dealership" across the highway from Audi. LINK
  17. I was reading the newspaper The Bellaire Texan dated February 3, 1955 and came across a business advertisement for Tidelands Exploration Co. located at 2626 Westheimer Road in River Oaks. I assume this office building came before the Avalon shopping center on the corner of Westheimer and Kirby? Or, the office was housed inside the retail center.
  18. New condominium project by Pelican Builders. Announced last night on their instagram.
  19. New sign up for the lot behind Arabella at the SE corner of San Felipe and Post Oak Park Dr (aka the Target parking lot access road).
  20. http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2012/07/inner-loop-tract-slated-for-huge-mixed-use-project/ Gensler is the architect.
  21. I was reading the newspaper The Fayette County Record dated May 3, 1946 and came across the address for one of the TMC board members named Henry Markley "Mark" Crosswell Jr. He served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Medical Center for more than 38 years. Graduated from University of Texas at Austin in 1937. There is also a street in Houston named after him. Located within the Texas Medical Center Leland Anderson Campus off of South MacGregor Way. The John S. Dunn UTHealth Houston Behavioral Sciences Center is located at 5615 H. Mark Crosswell Jr. Street, Houston, TX 77021. Wanted- White girl care two children, help housework; no cooking. Private room and bath, salary, $20.00 weekly. References. Write Mrs. H.M. Crosswell Jr., 2154 Dryden Road, Houston 5, Texas.
  22. John H. Freeman was one of the people who started the MD Anderson Foundation. J.H. Freeman was General Counsel of the Anderson, Clayton and Company. The MD Anderson foundation consisted of: Horace Wilkins (State National Bank Vice President) John Freeman (General Counsel of the Anderson, Clayton and Company) Monroe Anderson (Co-founder of Anderson, Clayton and Company, Co-founder of Texas Medical Center and MDACC) William Bates (Fulbright and Jaworski attorney) As usual, most of the founders of the Texas Medical Center lived in River Oaks.
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