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Ivy Russell Ford Bldg. - Yale At 11th

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If there is another thread on this topic, let me know, and we can move this discussion over there -- but any intelligence on the shopping center that is being renovated? Appears to have originally been an old garage, and then it was a Walgreens or CVI.

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there is another thread, but i don' remember where. someone will surely move this for you.

i do want to say, i am thrilled to see that they look to be keeping the deco facade. well done!

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Thank Goodness, something is not being torn down...thanks for all the info guys on this store. Very interesting topic. Good photos...It's amazing what you can find underneath so-called "improvements".

Anyone have a recent pic?

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SpaceAge, thanks for the history of that spot.

I was pretty young when Merchant's Park opened, and I well remember Henke and Pilot there. But I didn't remember it being on Yale. I remember Ivy Russell because we bought our '59 Ford station wagon from there. Daddy was considering one at Tommy Vaughn, but Russell was a better deal. The guy at Vaughn called him about his car, and when Dad told him he went with someone else, the Vaughn salesman cussed him out over the phone.

I don't remember Johnson Motors either, but I well remember a auto repair shop a couple of blocks down from Tommy Vaughn named Parks and Johnson. They later moved to W 16th across from Roundtree's Barber Shop. I was wondering if that was the same Johnson?

I remember the stamp place being there, but I thought it was Green Stamp. Was that always Big Bonus?

I would have to agree with you. I do not know of another Ivy Russell in houston in the 50`s and my Grandfather who lived in the heights in the 50`s bought a brand new 1956 ford from Ivy-Russell and I have the orignal dealership warranty so I would have to say that was a Ivy-Russell as far back as 1955. Too bad I couldnt find any pictures of the dealership taken around 1955-57 would sure love to have that at car shows I plan on taking the vehicle to.

I just hope this place is restored like it was in the 50`s or still be around cause I would like to get a picture of the car back on the same lot it was on at one time for sale.

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My Grandmother was the Parts Manager for Ivey Russell Motors for 30+ years when they were at the original location on Main and then they move to Milam and the named changed to Russell/Smith. She would take me to Sears for lunch from time to time. She retired just before they moved again to the current location at 610.

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The pictures at the top are not showing on my side probably due to the fact that they are not recent pictures. But I have tried looking all over on the internet have been for about a month now and can not find any pictures of the Ivy-Russel Motor Co. dealership. I am seeking a picture of the Ivy-Russel Motor Co. dealership taken roughly in 1955-1959 and of the one on Yale Street if possible. I have a vehicle I obtained from family that bought the car from Ivy-Russel Motor Co. (not sure if its the Yale one or not but is close to his place of residence at the time of the sale) and I would like to have a picture of the dealership then and if possible one between the time it was converted or one after they removed the sign showing the old painted sign behind it.

Here you go! :)

ivyrussell542.jpg

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Subdude, Thanks. I forgot about this site when I got busy with the other messageboard I am a member of till I got a email saying I hadnt been here in a while and desided to check. Place actually looks pretty good especially the paint layout with FORD being above the doors on the flat sided corner. I would have to say that this pic was taken between late 1957 to early 1958 considering the sign says 1958 Ford, and the model year is different than the actual year 1955 would have been released to public late 1954 and sold through the middle of 1955 then around the middle of 1955 the 1956 year model would come out and be sold late 1955 to the middle of 1956.

Either way though its great to have this picture I can atleast use it to put in the shop after I get the car rebuilt with the new pictures showing the orignal paint scheme after the signs were removed.

Now the only picture I need to find is two pictures of the Dallas, Ford assembly plant. I know in the 80`s or close to the 80`s the plant was closed down and turned into a storage facility and is now supposed to be some kind of attraction. Just amazing that you can search on askjeeves, or yahoo, or even google and no pictures of Ivy Russel ever came up nor any pictures of the Dallas plant. Oh well I will find those pictures eventually.

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Drove by this building a few days ago. The renovation looks great.

Ah ok sounds like the building is still standing. I was going to get upset if the rumor I heard was true that it was bulldozed down and something else was there. Guess I need to make a trip over there and see how it looks, if its being renovated to look like it did when as the dealership in the 50`s then I will really luck out give me a chance to get a picture of the car at the dealership it was sold from new.

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Ah ok sounds like the building is still standing. I was going to get upset if the rumor I heard was true that it was bulldozed down and something else was there. Guess I need to make a trip over there and see how it looks, if its being renovated to look like it did when as the dealership in the 50`s then I will really luck out give me a chance to get a picture of the car at the dealership it was sold from new.

That would really be awesome!

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That would really be awesome!

I wanted to do that with my other car, the dealership was abandoned its out in Cypress I cant think of the name but its torn down now, I just didnt luck out like I wanted, I wanted to get the car fully refinished and a picture infront of the dealership it sold from and then go out to Leeds Kansas City Mo and take a picture infront of the old factory but that I found out was closed in the 90`s for improper disposal of asbesto and was bulldozed down in the late 90`s early 00`s.

As far the Ford that was bought from Ivy Russell Ford off 11th street, the old dealership is still standing there as has been stated, but I just dont know what their doing to the place but atleast its still standing though, the assembly plant out in Dallas is still standing but its being renovated to be something grand from the news paper article I read when I was trying to find pictures, It closed in 1970 and was used as storage from 1970 to a couple years ago (2003 - 2005). I figure if I couldnt get a picture of it with the car infront of the buildings I guess get a picture of the building and then I could photoshop the car into the picture but that wouldnt be the same though in my book.

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I know of four locations for Ivy Russell over the years. The eleventh and Yale location, 1700 North Main, 2201 Main and one unknown location.

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