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  1. My very first science fiction convention happened at this place back in 81 and it was such a blast. I met every player in Star Trek there as well as a slew of writers I always looked up to. I was 11 at the time and shortly after I heard the hotel was knocked to the ground. I remember liking the inside but all I can really remember was the roof was green. Anyone have any pics that'd like to share?
  2. So recently I've picked up an interest in the late Shamrock Hotel, but this especially caught my eye: Glenn McCarthy. I'm curious as to whether there are any renderings of this--an indoor shopping complex seems very forward thinking and probably would be the first true indoor regional mall if built. Anyone have more details on this?
  3. Another unusual Transwestern listing. Transwestern is listing this as a 4-story office at 2151-2157 Holcombe Blvd. I couldn't locate that building on Google maps. I did notice 2151 Holcombe Blvd is the Texas Medical Center Parking Garage 8. https://transwestern.com/property/2151-2157-holcombe-blvd https://www.tmc.edu/parking/visitor-parking/
  4. I took these before I left yesterday. It was a nice walk home through the park. Built (completed) 1948. Recently cleaned.
  5. Earlier this week I was called for jury duty. I was not, as it turned out, selected for a jury, but I did get to spend all morning at the Brazoria County Courthouse in Angleton. There are actually three "courthouse" buildings. There's the 1895 building which now houses the county historical museum, the 1940 one which is a stripped down limestone Moderne building featured in _Houston Deco_, and the 1976 addition, which is classic 70's Brutalist. Anyway, the 70's one didn't do much for me, being sort of a lowest-bidder institutional thing, but the 1940 one is spectacular inside. The architect was Wyatt C. Hedrick, not Lamar Q. Cato as _Houston Deco_ says, and there is a lot of white limestone with little seashell fossils on the interior as well as the exterior. The corridors, while narrow, are spectacular with terrazo floors, inlaid detailing at the stairwells, marble paneling on the walls, floor to ceiling, and period stainless steel door hardware. The courtroom I was in had floor to ceiling cherry paneling in alternating bands of horizontal and vertical grain, and lovely Art-Deco detailing on the railing of the jury box, judge's bench, witness stand, and other railings. Stainless steel windows were moo, but it's part of the Moderne style, I guess. It was truly beautiful; hard to believe I've lived most of my life in Brazoria County and never seen it before. Edit: why on earth is the forum changing the word "m e h" to "moo?" Is it National Cow Day or something?
  6. I'm curious if anyone knows what's happening with the Harper School building at 3200 Center St. (just north of Washington Ave., just west of Studemont). Based on the information I've found, the building was built as the "Harper School" in 1927, and named after poet and abolitionist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. I think the school probably served black students for some period of its history, based on its name/age, but also because I've seen old newspaper references to "Harper Colored School" and "Harper School (Negro)". I've seen references to the Harper Colored School as far back as 1915, so I think it pre-existed the building. The architectural plans for the building are dated 1926, the project is referred to as "Harper Colored School - New Building", and the architects are listed as (Wyatt C.) Hedrick and Gottlieb. More recently, the building appears to have been used as an HISD alternative school - Harper Alternative School. But Harper Alternative School moved to North Shepherd in Fall 2007. There are a number of temporary buildings on the grounds next to the building. When I rode by a couple of weeks ago, the building and grounds were surrounded by a fence, with for-sale signs posted around the property. The sales company's brochure for the property is here. The ad mentions the temporary buildings, but not the 1927 building. Which makes me wonder if (1) the 1927 building is not for sale, or (2) the 1927 building has been torn down very recently, or will be torn down very soon. Anyone know what the plans are? Or have more information about the school's history? Harper School (front view) Harper School (side view)
  7. In the Dallas Public Library's digital photograph collection---of all places!--- are 25 photographs of the construction of the Southern Pacific passenger depot in 1934. The images include exterior and interior views of the structure including the historical murals. In some views you can see the older Grand Central Depot dating from the 1800's. http://dallaslibrary.org/CTX/photogallery/searchguide.html Search the digital collection using the keywords "Southern Pacific Passenger Railroad Station." I believe the general contractor was a Dallas firm, thus a possible reason for the photos ending up there. P.S. The site of Grand Central is now occupied by the downtown post office.
  8. The UT Physicians Tower, Hermann Professional Building is my favorite (well ... the crown at least). Also, on the waterfall ... was it designed by the same folks that did the design of the Hines Tower waterfall?
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