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You should scan and post it.

Well, it has taken me over two months to scan the postcard I mentioned and post it here. In fact, the building on the post card is not the Franzheim building but the 1908 building that was on the corner of Fannin and McKinney. I do not know who the architect(s) was (were) but the building reminds me a great deal of Union Station on the corner of Crawford and Texas (Warren & Wetmore, 1909).

Note the reverse of the post card has writing and a postmark date of June 18, 1909 - almost exactly 100 years ago. It is a shame that both of theses buildings will have been lost.

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I've been a member of the Downtown Y for about eight years and I'm really sad to see them building a new one and leaving the old one. They did surveys asking members what they were looking for from the Y, and they also did look at revamping the old building, but eventually decided to go with the new one. I remember when they made the big announcement and put up the posters. Sad day.

I agree with the other posters about the new building. It looks nice enough, and would probably be fine in a suburban area, but it just looks all wrong for downtown. It does looks big and loud and echo-y. The big entryway area seems like wasted space to me. Maybe it's just the drawings, but I don't like the feel of it. Also, the pool seems small. It does look like they'll have some separate pools for other things - kids, maybe, or aquatic exercise classes perhaps - so maybe they won't need as many lanes for lap swimmers since they won't all be competing for the same space. But it looks small from what I've seen.

I hope they can find a way to save the old building, or even just the facade, as someone else suggested. It's a really gorgeous building. I might have to take some photos before it closes too.

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I read that the YMCA is changing its name to "The Y", although the new logo still has "YMCA". Will they have to change the windows?

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Kinda funny that the letter they are going with is "Y". When I think of the Y unfortunately I think of all the gross old men who inexplicably hang around naked in the locker room. Especially at the downtown one, it's not near as bad at the northwest Y where we go now.

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Today it looked like the bomb squad was getting some practice b/c they had Smith St. cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape. Also before the Cherry signs went up, the top floor windows were taken out. Now black plastic sways in the breeze from the upper floors. Any day now...

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Sad. Another piece of history bites the dust.

I can see the old Prudential (Main Bldg at MD Anderson) Building being taken down slowly from my balcony this week too. The newer buildings on that campus are so cheap looking (tunnel form?) compared to the old beauty. Haven't seen the plans for what's planned for that HUGE lot but I am not too excited. Methodist and Texas Children's new buildings are so much nicer than MD Anderson's.

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Having been inside the Prudential building, I can say it was just unworkable. Very narrow hallways, small rooms, small bathrooms, low ceilings, funny odor. And, personally, I didn't find the exterior very beautiful either.

I'm not a huge fan of all the pink-hues of MDA. I would like to see something modern and tall in that location.

I did like the architecture of the old YMCA though.

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It's really remarkable how much visual cohesion is in this place now that the old brown bldg is gone. It was a lost cause the moment the Humble tower garage was designed.

To the south it's flat opennes is juxaposed by the spectacular rise of the monumental vertical scale of the Kellog tower, to the west the pooling steps of the Continental tower bleed towards it beset upon it's modest illsion of an octagonal tower, and to north the the Chevron tower's existing build outs have now become placeholders framing the openness. Across the street, the oldest neighbor, the Exxon Garage looks less tarnished. It's terrazzo and mesh panels now find common architectural language with it's other modern neighbor's application and joinery of sterotomic and techtonic materials.

This potential high-rise is going to be a very, very nice centerpiece(maybe even trophy) regarding it's site and presumably a hidden jewel amongst flanking giants. I foresee another tower like the Chevron tower (which itself is a architectural blend of 1400 Smith and the Exxon Tower), there's just too many good looking neighbors to not try and blend in.

Also in a later post I'll contend with those who can't see the forest for the trees in regards to the new YMCA design.

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It's really remarkable how much visual cohesion is in this place now that the old brown bldg is gone. It was a lost cause the moment the Humble tower garage was designed.

To the south it's flat opennes is juxaposed by the spectacular rise of the monumental vertical scale of the Kellog tower, to the west the pooling steps of the Continental tower bleed towards it beset upon it's modest illsion of an octagonal tower, and to north the the Chevron tower's existing build outs have now become placeholders framing the openness. Across the street, the oldest neighbor, the Exxon Garage looks less tarnished. It's terrazzo and mesh panels now find common architectural language with it's other modern neighbor's application and joinery of sterotomic and techtonic materials.

This potential high-rise is going to be a very, very nice centerpiece(maybe even trophy) regarding it's site and presumably a hidden jewel amongst flanking giants. I foresee another tower like the Chevron tower (which itself is a architectural blend of 1400 Smith and the Exxon Tower), there's just too many good looking neighbors to not try and blend in.

Also in a later post I'll contend with those who can't see the forest for the trees in regards to the new YMCA design.

spot on.

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I think he is saying he is spot on about this quote:

This potential high-rise is going to be a very, very nice centerpiece(maybe even trophy) regarding it's site and presumably a hidden jewel amongst flanking giants. I foresee another tower like the Chevron tower (which itself is a architectural blend of 1400 Smith and the Exxon Tower), there's just too many good looking neighbors to not try and blend in.

Put it together with this quote from swtsig, and we have a "supertall" coming to this location.

depends on your definition of "supertall" :ph34r:

http://www.houstonar...in/#entry413755

edit: 1600 Louisiana - LYONTREE EQUITY EXCHANGE- HCAD info http://hcad.org/records/details.asp?crypt=%94%9A%B0%94%BFg%84%8D%85zhg%8El%87tXwYW%9E%99%A2%D3%89%95%C2e%7CU%8A%7E%86%C0%AB%A8%AD%86%5E&bld=1&tab=2

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