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The weather today was too nice for sitting in freeway traffic so I took the surface streets home; Washington-Franklin-Harrisburg.

Once on Harrisburg, the first thing I noticed was the Maxwell House sign with the dripping coffee is gone. :unsure: Anyone know what happened here? Are they replacing it perhaps with a big Kraft Foods sign instead ? I sure hope not. We have too few quirky semi-neon signs left.

This next thing that was different was not too far down the road. I'm surprised it leaves so little room for parking in front. It almost appears to be........pedestrian/transit oriented development :ph34r: . Nah, can't be. It must be just someone developing this that doesn't know any better.

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This one here appears another mile or so east. Yes, just a typical suburban strip job, although the pseudo-architecture and color scheme might not cut it in Katy.

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Crossing 75th I found this sign. Harrisburg Pavilion, definitely not to be confused with Houston Pavilions. The art on the sign looks strange and very uninspired. Oh well, better than the 5 acres of metal recycling that used to be there.

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I also saw several recently cleared lots and a few for sale. Lovett Commercial has a few pieces on the blvd. They seem to be strip mall specialists and have one almost finished on Harrisburg. Their big parcel at Lockwood and we can guess it'll end up as an even bigger strip center ("lifestyle center").

These projects are nothing terribly exciting but, considering that less than 5 years ago you couldn't find a single thing new going up within miles, they are signs that one of the oldest streets in town is on the verge of being reborn again.

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the first one i noticed during a bike ride quite a while ago.. i think they actually took part of the original structure to make some of the larger structure you see in the pic. behind the facade the roof is rounded on the left portion....i believe the right portion is new construction though.

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See the white Queen Anne style house in the background that is way more of interest to me! Can you go back and take zoom-in's of it? I would love to lift and move to my property but my back would go out. :lol:

there are some great somes in that area. you should take a drive around since you're so close.

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there are some great somes in that area. you should take a drive around since you're so close.

Correct you are! Another forgotten historical section of our city as far as historical turn of the century homes is concerned. There are many behind this intersection that still have leaded glass windows, original Victorian crestings above and other cool detail. That bldg that was renovated next to the old Star Mission was tossing out some historical photos and furniture one day. I quickly swooped in and could not beleive they could be so callous.

Ok I am straying from topic, peace!

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The weather today was too nice for sitting in freeway traffic so I took the surface streets home; Washington-Franklin-Harrisburg.

Once on Harrisburg, the first thing I noticed was the Maxwell House sign with the dripping coffee is gone. :unsure: Anyone know what happened here? Are they replacing it perhaps with a big Kraft Foods sign instead ? I sure hope not. We have too few quirky semi-neon signs left.

Kraft sold off the harrisburg plant to the Maximus coffee group a few months back. supposedly they will keep the cup part of the sign. maybe they are reworking it to say Maximus instead of Maxwell?

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Check out Harrisburg many many years ago.

You can tell that the forest once filled that area. I've heard Central Park was known for its owl population in the early 20th century.

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Property values and land in this area has been booming over the past several years. Pretty expensive. I know someone who has a biz near the railroad tracks and his property taxes have been going up and up!

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Kraft sold off the harrisburg plant to the Maximus coffee group a few months back. supposedly they will keep the cup part of the sign. maybe they are reworking it to say Maximus instead of Maxwell?

For East End skyline, the cup's run is over

The neon coffee cup perched high on the side of a 16-story coffee roaster in the East End has dripped its last drop. But it was good while it lasted.

For at least 20 years, the glowing Maxwell House cup served as a beacon, a friendly welcome home to residents of the city's port-area neighborhoods. Now it's gone

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heck..you'd think they would want the free advertising...

maybe maximus will come up with something new that will be cool for the next 20 years.

i guess a neon percolator would be a little dated ^_^

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heck..you'd think they would want the free advertising...

maybe maximus will come up with something new that will be cool for the next 20 years.

i guess a neon percolator would be a little dated ^_^

or maybe a 3-d cup with steam coming out of it.

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if they could just locate the old rotating A-H busch eagle sign....maybe that would work :P

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If they painted the tower red, green and white and changed the letter A to E, it would be very popular with the locals. :rolleyes: Interesting that the flag above is the one most like the Maximus bird and was being used in 1836 when the Republic of Texas was founded and the future emperor of Mexico, Maximilian, was 4 years old. Also interesting that the name Maximus is so similar to Maxwell.

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If they painted the tower red, green and white and changed the letter A to E, it would be very popular with the locals. :rolleyes: Interesting that the flag above is the one most like the Maximus bird and was being used in 1836 when the Republic of Texas was founded and the future emperor of Mexico, Maximilian, was 4 years old. Also interesting that the name Maximus is so similar to Maxwell.

A better note would be with "some of the locals - not all". Let's not generalize please.Not everyone that lives here is from Mexico and everyone is or should be fully aware of that. I am sure you didnt mean it literally. Whole other thread right.

The Texas flag would be most appropriate and very pleasing to the beholder. Yes!

and lets stick to the Harrisburg Blvd topic please!

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Back to the original topic. The 2nd pic, the shopping center closest to the railroad heading east near Wayside. I'm glad that thing was built. For years (maybe a decade?) there was nothing there. While I might disagree with the plaza name, I do hope that there will be some businesses that do move in.

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Back to the original topic. The 2nd pic, the shopping center closest to the railroad heading east near Wayside. I'm glad that thing was built. For years (maybe a decade?) there was nothing there. While I might disagree with the plaza name, I do hope that there will be some businesses that do move in.

Right! It's one of the best things to be built in that long overlooked area in years. Kind of reminds me when I visited San Diego on several occasions. Has that terra cotta old Spanish style appearance. Even the landscaping is nice, palms and colorful bouganvilla cascading over the sides. Sadly the train will cutoff those leaving and entering. No one would ever know there once was a Prince's Drive-In restaurant there once. :lol:

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Sadly the train will cutoff those leaving and entering. No one would ever know there once was a Prince's Drive-In restaurant there once. :lol:

A Domino's Pizza place better think twice about locating there......they'd be delivering cold pizzas waiting for the train :)

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Right! It's one of the best things to be built in that long overlooked area in years. Kind of reminds me when I visited San Diego on several occasions. Has that terra cotta old Spanish style appearance. Even the landscaping is nice, palms and colorful bouganvilla cascading over the sides. Sadly the train will cutoff those leaving and entering. No one would ever know there once was a Prince's Drive-In restaurant there once. :lol:

The Prince's Drive-in restaurant I remember was on Wayside and Avenue T (or Ave. U).

I thought the location you are thinking of was a hardware store.

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The Prince's Drive-in restaurant I remember was on Wayside and Avenue T (or Ave. U).

I thought the location you are thinking of was a hardware store.

You could be right Princes may have been just next to it. I remember still seeing the torn, faded canvas draped over the suspension poles and there still were order menus in the little windows. The train will be a real issue for anyone trying to get in or out.

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I'll take the bird over a barren tower, although anything dripping from it would be in poor taste. :o

The tower is such a beacon for the area. It needs lighting. Hopefully they'll come up with something artistic.

LMAO :lol: thanks, i needed a good laugh this morning.

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Another good history lesson I thought was interesting:

Harrisburg was surveyed in 1829 and formally named Harrisburg by its founder, John Richardson Harris.

Harris named the town both after himself and after Harrisburg, PA, which had been named for his grandfather. :)

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You could be right Princes may have been just next to it. I remember still seeing the torn, faded canvas draped over the suspension poles and there still were order menus in the little windows. The train will be a real issue for anyone trying to get in or out.

@ 50s/60s there were 3 Princess Drive-Ins in the wide East End area:

Cullen @ I45

Harrisburg @ RR tracks where new strip center is located

N Wayside @ Ave T [by bridge over bayou/ship channel

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@ 50s/60s there were 3 Princess Drive-Ins in the wide East End area:

Cullen @ I45

Harrisburg @ RR tracks where new strip center is located

N Wayside @ Ave T [by bridge over bayou/ship channel

You just solved another East End mystery! We only knew the location at N Wayside and Ave T as "Stephen's Drive-In".

They must have bought out this one specific location from the Prince's chain. I recall going there hundreds of times as teenagers but this was in late 70's-80's. Now I'm hungry! :lol:

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You just solved another East End mystery! We only knew the location at N Wayside and Ave T as "Stephen's Drive-In".

They must have bought out this one specific location from the Prince's chain. I recall going there hundreds of times as teenagers but this was in late 70's-80's. Now I'm hungry! :lol:

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From the memory of "honey"/hubby:

You are right @ Stephen's buying Princess Drive In. They ran it for few short years & closed. Hubby says Cox Hardware lumber yard sits where Princess/Stephens once was located. He says Ave S. He said Princess seemed to loose customers when McDonalds was build couple of blocks away closer to the ship channel. We were probably one of the last customers @ this location. We celebrated a 20 something anniversary there with fried shrimp. Was fun, but the food not too tasty...just lotza memories [opps--getting off topic]. Regarding Princess on Harrisburg by RR Tracks, he says it sat between the Ice Company [Horlock's?] & RR track where new development now. It was a favorite for the hip East Enders:). The Cullen/I45 location seemed to be noisey [freeway] & had more non-neighborhood customers. Harrisburg was a kinda gathering place as were the ones on Jensen & N. Shephers. Cox hardware is probably the best hardware store still around as they have such a variety & their people are knowledgeable. Martini on Lawndale still favorite for "things" for old houses & quick in/out.

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From the memory of "honey"/hubby:

Regarding Princess on Harrisburg by RR Tracks, he says it sat between the Ice Company [Horlock's?] & RR track where new development now. It was a favorite for the hip East Enders:). The Cullen/I45 location seemed to be noisey [freeway] & had more non-neighborhood customers. Harrisburg was a kinda gathering place as were the ones on Jensen & N. Shephers. Cox hardware is probably the best hardware store still around as they have such a variety & their people are knowledgeable. Martini on Lawndale still favorite for "things" for old houses & quick in/out.

I'm thinking the Prince's you're referring to by the tracks was on Wayside just north of Harrisburg....cool Moderne design (had a pic somewhere on HAIF but can't find it now) and I do believe it was recently demolished.

Martini's is a good spot for hardware, been there since '45.

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Thought for sure you were going to shout hi-jack topic! In any case any one is wondering there is a disco song called "Hi-Jack" everytime a moderator points out, the song starts in my head.

In any case this is about new development on Harrisburg. (and yes Martini's deserves mention somewhere another East End landmark.

I just remembered that the post #1 Danax started was once a Notary Public run by Mrs Canelli Drew and long time resident & my mom's best friend. Her Notary service jumped around this area several times. Rent hikes kept her on the move. She is walking history of EastWood. :)

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I'm thinking the Prince's you're referring to by the tracks was on Wayside just north of Harrisburg....cool Moderne design (had a pic somewhere on HAIF but can't find it now) and I do believe it was recently demolished.

Martini's is a good spot for hardware, been there since '45.

Prince's on Harrisburg was @300' W of the RR tracks & @ 500' from intersection with Hughes St. Hughe's Tools "Main Harrisburg Gate" was right across Harrisburg from this Prince's. Was cool :)

Prince's on Harrisburg was @300' W of the RR tracks & @ 500' from intersection with Hughes St. Hughe's Tools "Main Harrisburg Gate" was right across Harrisburg from this Prince's. Was cool :)

Anybody interested in a tour of Prince's Drive-In locations [but not on Sunday mornings when everyone is picking up beer cans in front yard:)]

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Anybody interested in a tour of Prince's Drive-In locations [but not on Sunday mornings when everyone is picking up beer cans in front yard:)]

That's a great idea. I passed by the old one (Stephen's) at Ave U and Wayside out of morbid curiousity. I knew it had been converted to an old used car place. The only thing even remotely recogniziable was the main building. The "Stephen's Drive-In" sign above is there just been painted over quite ugly. You can still see a little of the neon zig-zag squiggle that used to adorn the sides. They used to have tables inside to eat your burgers and listen to the juke box. I was getting hungry just remembering the scene. The carhops were so cool too. They had been there for many years and still wore those cool carhop uniforms to the end. Where's my Shrimp basket? :P

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The weather today was too nice for sitting in freeway traffic so I took the surface streets home; Washington-Franklin-Harrisburg.

Once on Harrisburg, the first thing I noticed was the Maxwell House sign with the dripping coffee is gone. :unsure: Anyone know what happened here? Are they replacing it perhaps with a big Kraft Foods sign instead ? I sure hope not. We have too few quirky semi-neon signs left.

This next thing that was different was not too far down the road. I'm surprised it leaves so little room for parking in front. It almost appears to be........pedestrian/transit oriented development :ph34r: . Nah, can't be. It must be just someone developing this that doesn't know any better.

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Ok, did some spying this weekend. The street to the left is Delmar. Now if we can get an aerial shot we may be able to see the homes I mentioned earlier in this thread. The house directly nehind this building across from where the RR tracks used to be is one that still has a huge wrap around porch complete with original leaded glass windows and original gingerbread crowning the top. Absolutely smashing!

There are more in the hood behind and around this vicinity. By the way if anyone is loooking for a flat, the Queen Anne to the left here has a room vacancy. I want to take the whole house and move to my lot for TLC! Still can be restored! :lol:

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This is Eastwood Park on Harrisburg at Dumble 1970. It was very clean and kept up then.

You can still see that swimming pool building in the background (somewhat visible). My big sis was visiting us between flights while at Eastern Airlines. Thats my little niece in her arms. Lord where did the years go! Yikes! It was fun and exciting none the less! :P

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This is Eastwood Park on Harrisburg at Dumble 1970. It was very clean and kept up then.

You can still see that swimming pool building in the background (somewhat visible). My big sis was visiting us between flights while at Eastern Airlines. Thats my little niece in her arms. Lord where did the years go! Yikes! It was fun and exciting none the less! :P

cool pic, that's where i learned how to swim...and i was up there about 2 weeks ago at the small skate park that they built, the community center brought back some memories from when i was a little kid

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Still no tenants?

Wonder if it's being advertised somewhere?

Seems ready to go.

i think i heard METRO is going to open something here that is related to the se line. maybe something that provides help to small and minority businesses.

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cool pic, that's where i learned how to swim...and i was up there about 2 weeks ago at the small skate park that they built, the community center brought back some memories from when i was a little kid

It would be great if they enlarged this skate park! This park has been overlooked for decades. Had garnered such a bad reputation by the mid 70's but has small touch ups lately. Side note: Not sure what compelled them to film scenes for Bad News Bears II there, but they did. Maybe it was the only ballpark available at the time. We kids rushed after school to see it going on. No tatum O'Neal that time. I have more photos of original playground equipment & rides.

Local councilmen/women need to help this park. Peace! :)

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i think i heard METRO is going to open something here that is related to the se line. maybe something that provides help to small and minority businesses.

Many don't realize (including me) that Harrisburg still has several truly historical structures still standing. I never knew there was an old City Hall there. There was a very popular dance hall on Harrisburg near Macario Garcia or 75th street? Building is still there and has a modern 1950's kind of entrance to it.

I think there is a Magnolia thread going. Anyone from the area please contribute if possible. The more the merrier! :D

PS, I never realized how large of an area Magnolia took up! Very large indeed.

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^^^ Right. There have been some attempts to renovate some of those older structures near 75th and General Garcia Blvd, including some others along different stretches of Harrisburg and/or the East End (El Mercado, etc). Like with most things, the developer needs to be reliable and competent. There have been some swings and misses.

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^^^ Right. There have been some attempts to renovate some of those older structures near 75th and General Garcia Blvd, including some others along different stretches of Harrisburg and/or the East End (El Mercado, etc). Like with most things, the developer needs to be reliable and competent. There have been some swings and misses.

Can you imagine if they would have left the Sears Dept store there? It had many more years of life still left in it. It was very iconic of that area shopping district.

The two buildings caddy corner (north) are of true historical significance. The old phone company bldg and the Hall across the street. Everyone needs to take a cruise towards the very end (east end of Harrisburg ) and drive in towards downtown and realize what a spectacular view of the DT skyline there is, even at night. You really feel as if your in another city. The local Roman Catholic churches are just as iconic. Very early Houston. :)

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i think i heard METRO is going to open something here that is related to the se line. maybe something that provides help to small and minority businesses.

I heard that they will be tearing down buildings on Harrisburg and Edgewood for Metro (maybe a station). My family built the building on that corner. I found a picture posted in another thread on this website. See: http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/haif/i...entry7968

Can anyone tell me more about what will be happening and when? I would like to see if I can obtain the "Fatta Building" plaque on the front of the building when they tear it down. If anyone has any ideas of who I should contact, I'd love to hear it. I'm not living in Houston now, so I've been out of the loop on what development is happening.

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Can anyone tell me more about what will be happening and when? I would like to see if I can obtain the "Fatta Building" plaque on the front of the building when they tear it down. If anyone has any ideas of who I should contact, I'd love to hear it. I'm not living in Houston now, so I've been out of the loop on what development is happening.

METRO opened up an office on harrisburg to answer questions regarding the harrisburg line. that may be your best bet.

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Thanks, its a good place to start. I'll give them a call. My grandfather built that building in the 20s. His shoe store and other businesses he rented space to, were on the first floor, and they lived on the second floor. He designed the building in Italianatte style, since he immigrated here from Italy. The architecture both inside and outside at the time was stunning. My family sold the building in the 70s after my grandfather passed away. Its changed a lot since then. I think is was about the early 60s that the area really took a dive. When I spent the weekends with my grandparents, I was entertained by sitting at the upstairs window looking out at the beer joints across the street and behind us, as shootings and fights took place. There was always at least one every Saturday that involved someone being carried out on a stretcher.

This thread has been a stroll down memory lane for me. I spent many afternoons at the park on Harrisburg as I lived the first few years of my life on Edgewood and Harrisburg, across the street from the Weingarten store. It was a great urban neighboorhood in the late 40s and 50s. In '54 we moved to Idylwood off Lawndale and Wayside, where I grew up. It was a wonderful family neighborhood. I'm really glad to see that people are once again interested in the East End.

METRO opened up an office on harrisburg to answer questions regarding the harrisburg line. that may be your best bet.
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I heard that they will be tearing down buildings on Harrisburg and Edgewood for Metro (maybe a station). My family built the building on that corner. I found a picture posted in another thread on this website. See: http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/haif/i...entry7968

I hope that you're wrong about the Fatta building coming down. We knew that a lot of the right of way was going to be taken but it would be a real shame if they take that one, as I think it's the best historic building left on Harrisburg, although it's been remuddled recently which destroyed a lot of its beauty.

I wonder if Greater Houston Preservation is aware, although I doubt Metro would yield.

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They will not take it seriously unless someone speaks, a petiiton of local residents get started and so on.

Otherwise they assume no one cares and down it comes.

Seperately, I sure wish most of you could have seen the beautiful big homes that used to line nearby Dumble street/Telephone/45 area. Most were demolished around 1972 all that remains are the broken sidewalks. What you presently see are ugly tin buildings and gravel parking lots.

When your a kid you never think of snapping a photo.

Once rail heads down Harrisburg who knows what will happen to the remaining older buildings. Locals must speak out. Bottom line.

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