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Hello Everyone, 

 

My family has had the Fannin Hotel sign for as long as I can remember. It has looked the same since we have had it, I would love to see what it looked like in its prime. Does anyone have any information or pictures they wouldn't mind sharing?

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The Fannin House?

 

Here's a selection from an old book (https://archive.org/stream/houstonahistory00writmiss/houstonahistory00writmiss_djvu.txt) --

"With the outbreak of the Civil War, the inns were again as crowded as in 
the early days. Men complained of being obliged to sleep "three in a bed." Rank 
ing Confederate officers hurried -in and out of their favorite hotel, the Fannin 
House, which had been built on Fannin Street, near Congress. The Old Capitol, 
enjoying a renaissance, glittered with gold braid and sabers. But the Houston 
House had become a ghost. Where it once stood now rose the brick walls of the 
Perkins Building. 

As in the old days, arguments sometimes led to violence. Col. G. W. 
Baylor, commanding soldiers encamped at Hempstead, charged Maj. Gen. John 
A. Wharton with being a demagogue: "You, sir! You have always borne upon 
me!" They met again at the Fannin House, and after heated words General 
Wharton struck at the colonel. Baylor shot and killed the general. 

Two famed inscriptions appeared on the printed bill of fare of the Fannin 
House when it came under the management of Colonel Hadley, who had 
directed the Old Capitol in its days of prominence. One was: "Children at the 
first table, full price. At the second table, half price." The other appeared in bold 
type at the bottom of the card: "For Entertaining a Drunken Man, per 
day, $10.""

 

May be the same publication as this one, which is as racist as one would expect from those days -- https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/51498792/houston-history-and-guide-pdf-southern-usa-visitor-information

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I'm not sure if this would have been the same place or not.  The sign i believe came from the fannin hotel and was taken down sometime in the 70s or 80s. Did the picture of the sign come thru? I apologize it is my first time posting here and I may have misclicked.

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The photo indeed came through! I couldn't find any other listing for a "Fannin Hotel" in Houston, but it's possible I missed something.

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Found a small ad for the Fannin Hotel at 609 1/2 Fannin in the 1930 Chronicle.

 

"Heart of city. Special rates. Preston 9747."

 

In 1953, the address was given as 3920 Fannin. It seemed to still be there until at least 1970.

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