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  1. 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
  2. I haven't seen this mansion posted so I thought I would share my findings. Another legendary piece of by the "star architect" William Ward Watkin. Harry C. Wiess was one of the founders of Humble Oil Co. This mansion would have been so lavish! Fun fact: In 1930 Harry Wiess moved to the Stablewood area off North Post Oak Lane and Memorial Drive. The mansion here at 2 Sunset was such a better house, in my opinion. I believe the sacrifice was all that land they got with the new home. It was like 150+ acres whereas the 2 Sunset house was probably only an acre or two lot.
  3. 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.
  4. I've just taken an interest in Rice University. Has there ever been any year(s) that it won any championship? The only pro football player who comes to my mind who attended Rice was Tommy Kramer. When I attended the University of Arkansas from 1984-86, I remember that Rice University was in the same conference. Edit: 1891: The William M. Rice Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Science and Art filed its state charter in the Texas capital May 19, 1891. 1912: The Rice Institute. 1960: William Marsh Rice University on July 1, 1960. Present day, in short, Rice University.
  5. Apparently, according to a Rice University website, William Ward Watkin designed a grocery store in the 1920s. I recall seeing a general thread talking about the A-B-C (or ABC) grocery stores. I never recall hearing about this location. Very cool! Imagine a "star architect" designing a grocery store in 2023? Well, I do believe Gensler designs mixed-use developments with ground floor HEBs and Whole Foods. In the publication The Life and Work of Architect William Ward Watkin: The commercial work for which Watkin was responsible was of a generally small-scale character: The A-B-C South Main grocery store (1928). From the newspaper The Texas Jewish Herald dated July 19, 1928: Better Things To Eat You can set a better table at less cost if you make it a habit to come to our stores for your groceries. Store No. 1-- 2802-4-6 Main Street -- Store No. 2-- 529 West Alabama -- Store No. 3-- 1628 Westheimer
  6. In the publication The Life and Work of Architect William Ward Watkin there is a sketch of a building in Midtown on South Main Street. I'm not sure if this was built? Google Earth only goes back to 1944. 20 years after the sketch was drawn. Sketch of a store built on the southeast corner of Main Street and Isabella in Houston, TX. 1928 Watkin Building Main and Isabella WM. Ward Watkin Architect
  7. Came across WW Watkin's house the other day. Very cool! There was actually a remodel done which made a huge different. Original, 1915: Remodel, 1945: Pictured with William Ward Watkin
  8. I read in a book on Houston history about an excellent restaurant called Ye Olde College Inn. What was the location? I believe that it was in business from the 1920s through the 1950s. Also, does anyone miss Valian's (across from the Shamrock Hilton) and Bud Bigelow's on Westheimer?
  9. Cool looking house! I never even heard of the Sewell-Avery families. I wonder who those people are and what they did for a living? Must have been business owners or doctors/bankers to live in RO. Sewell-Avery House Address: 3456 Inwood Drive, River Oaks. Year Built: 1925. Architects: Cram and Ferguson and William Ward Watkin, associate architect.
  10. The classically elegant Miller Memorial Theater, located in Hermann Park, was designed by William Ward Watkin in 1921. The theater was demolished beginning in 1967 to make way for the present Miller Outdoor Theater, completed in 1969. The only remnants of Watkin’s original theater are the columns, which flanked both sides of the proscenium. The columns were moved in 1968 to help create the Mecom-Rockwell Fountain and Colonnade at the north end of Hermann Park near the ZaZa Hotel.
  11. Hermann Hospital - built in 1925, maybe 9 stories, looking at the picture. The other bldg. was named Autry House (built in 1921), built as a socializing house for Rice students, was 3 stories, was on what is now Fannin St. , says was next to the streetcar stop. Thnx again AIA - Architectural Guide, S. Fox. The Rice Administration Bldg. (1912) is now referred to as Lovett Hall. Also mentions a smokestack for the powerplant , dating to 1912. Looks like it is located to the right of the entrance gates, far back.
  12. Please post any info you have on where HH lived in town, where his business empires where located, etc. I have recently read a few books on this guy and the things he accomplished were just amazing. I just wonder where exactly in Houston he lived, worked, went to lunch, etc... I'm guessing River Oaks Blvd. somewhere close to the country club is where he must have lived. Where was he in his later years when he went nuts, stopped bathing, urinated on the floor, no longer cut his hair and nails, ate candy bars and cake to where all of his teeth rotted out, and sat naked watching Ice Station Zebra over and over again? I've been to his grave in Glenwood Cemetary but would like to learn some trivia on the places in town he lived in.
  13. I know that it was converted from a mansion and was in Montrose. My Aunt was a visitor there many times. I absolutely LOVED the antebellum stair case. Surely someone else remembers this. IF not, I will feel older than my 50 years! Lifetime Houstonian!
  14. So, spurned on by the discussions, I went to the history room at the old library downtown on Friday and has SO MUCH FUN! There were books, and maps and picutres! I could/will spend hours in there! In under an hour I was able to find out when my house was built, and the name and occupation of one of the early (maybe first) owners. That 1913 map was there, as well as maps from LOTS of years (that is how I was able to date my street, comparing a 1920 map to a 1921 map). The books (what are they called) where you can look up a year, address and then it gives you the occupants name, and occupation were really great! There were also tons of picture books, but I didn't have time to look through them. I reccomend that as a fun and wild Friday night! p.s. I know I can't spell, I would LOVE a spell checker on here
  15. Interesting article for Juneteenth. I had never even heard of this park.
  16. Trinity Episcopal Church Main @Holman Established in 1893, Trinity Episcopal Church acquired this site in 1910. Construction of the sanctuary, designed by architect Ralph Adams Cram, began in 1917 and was completed in 1919. Features of the Gothic revival structure include a basilica plan with an offset buttressed and pinnacled tower, and art glass windows. Five rectors of the parish became bishops in the Episcopal church. Trinity Church continues to serve a large active congregation. This building is in the National Register of Historic Places
  17. I took this photo from my apartment window several months back because you could really see the old Sovthern Drvg Company signage on 1511 Preston. Does anyone have any history on this company and building? Since it has been added on to so much, I doubt anyone realizes this is a historic structure. Even though the South Texas Intermediate Sanction Facility closed in 2016, the lights are still on in and out. Seems like it could be a cool building if it were restored.
  18. South side of Richmond at Graustark was the Kincaid School built sometime in the mid-20s unfortunately it was only one story
  19. One well known example was the South Texas National Bank on Main. This was a Greek revival structure that was torn down in about 1982 to make way for a development that never happened. The site was used for parking for many years, but I think there may be something there now.
  20. In 1932, William Ward Watkin designed the building at 500 Fannin for the Wilson Stationery and Printing Company.
  21. Preservation Houston is proud to announce a very special February event. Villa de Luxe, a historic Houston estate, will be transformed into a stunning design showhouse from February 1 until February 17, 2013. The house, designed by William Ward Watkin, was built for hardware magnate F.A. Heitmann in 1924. The house stands at #1 Longfellow on two acres in historic Shadyside, a private place neighborhood adjacent to Rice University. Luxe Interiors + Design is the premier media sponsor of this event, which will benefit Preservation Houston. Event chairs are Jane-Page Crump and Bill Stubbs, ASID designers. The landscape architect is McDugald-Steele; The interiors are being handled by a top-tier group of Houstons Interior Design community - Peggy Hull–reception hall; Sandy Lucas & Sarah Eilers—dining room; breakfast room—John Robinson; kitchen and butler’s pantry—Julie Koch; back entry and porch—Diana Walker; front porch and pool area—Connie LeFevre; conservatory—Audrey Drought; and basement—Darla Bankston. Also, library—Marjorie Slovack; master bedroom and bathroom—Donna Vining; nursery and bathroom (bedroom 1) –Marlys Tokerud; front bedroom (2) and bath—Donna Jarnigan; bedroom 3 with balcony—Lynne Jones; bedroom 4—Lisa Roth and third floor—Sharon Staley. Jane-Page is designing the living room and Bill Stubbs is handling the solarium which has the most incredible windows. Tickets $30 at the door $25 in advance $20 for groups of 20 or more Showhouse dates February 1 through February 17, 2013 Showhouse hours Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, February 3, 10 and 17: noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays, February 7 and 14: for scheduled events Pop-up café Jackson and Company will provide box lunches for purchase on Saturdays and Sundays and for all scheduled events.
  22. Myself and other non thugs use the basketball court at Hennessy park EVERY Tuesday @ ~5PM. We regularly see others there, often times younger guys with tatoos and what you would probably call "urban wear". We've never had an issue with them and regularly play with/against them. Saying "remove the goals and it will be safe" is a rediculous blanket statement. The real issue is people gathering in the courts and hanging out (not using the courts). I'm not sure how the goals being there or not would matter, someone told me that after they took the goals down at Proctor Plaza they still had issues for a while, but the cops continually showing up to run people off is why they moved on to another park.
  23. Maybe just cut off the basketball hoops like they neighborhood did at Proctor Plaza - that will fix the problem. Cheers James
  24. I haven't seen any mention of this on HAIF, and I suppose Historic Houston is probably the most appropriate forum to post it in. Annie Ray Watkin Hoagland Strange, the last surviving daughter of noted Houston architect William Ward Watkin, passed away last Monday at the age of 95. Chronicle obituary
  25. Thanks to sevfiv for posting the link to the .pdf BROCHURE OF THE WORK OF WM WARD WATKIN ARCHITECT The brochure includes photographs/drawings of the following: Museum of Fine Arts (4) Laboratory of Chemistry, Rice Institute (3) Ralston Memorial Tower, Trinity Church Mr. Watkin's General Plan for Texas Technological College (6) Entrance, Kinkaid School Y.W.C.A. Building, Galveston Houston Public Library (3) South Texas Commercial National Bank A Design For Houston Cotton Exchange Residence of Wm. Ward Watkin (2) Residence of F. A. Heitman (2) Residence of H. C. Wiess Residence of Dr. E. M. Armstrong (3) Residence of Howard Hughes Residence of E. W. Gruendler Residence of J. Virgil Scott Residence of John G. Logue Residence of M. L. Hurwitz Windward Court Apartments Residence of W. A. Priddie Residence of N. T. Masterson (2) Assorted advertisments ___________________________________ Where were these structures located, and which are still in existence? Obviously, the museum, library and Rice Institute (University) buildings are still standing, but I'm curious as to the fates of the various residences. Wm. Ward Watkin's name initially came up in reference to the Windward Court Apartments; however, after viewing a partial list of his designs it's apparent that his influence on early Houston was greater than is commonly recognized.
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