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Levy Family Mansion At 2016 Main St.


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Sounds kind of funny to be calling a 1974 building historic but I suppose it was one of the first residential highrises in Houston.

There is also the 2016 Main building which was built in the mid 60s I believe. It's gotten a little worn, but they still try to keep it up. That building is on the site where a large mansion used to stand owned by the Levy family who founded the Levy Brothers Department Store. The brothers and their sister lived in the house for many years and I don't believe any of them ever married. When the house was torn down finally, the 2016 main highrise was built and it's my understanding the Levy sister lived there for a time before her death.

 Levy Bros. Dry Goods Co.

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wow!!  HAIF really is a bank of knowledge and information! I'm not sure how @2fatcatsknew this information about the Levy family residences being at 2016 Main Street.

Looks like the mansion was also a Benefit of Faith Home (AKA DePelchin Faith Home.)

The Houston Post. dated March 1, 1908:

Silver Tea for Benefit of Faith Home.

The tea from 4 to 7 tomorrow afternoon at the home of Miss Harriet Levy, at 2016 Main Street, is a Benefit for Faith Home. 

The board of managers for the Faith Home finding that necessary reservation in the building would required more entertainment as a successful plan to meet these demands. In connection with tea there will be a fancy and utility bag bazar. The bags of ever kind and description have been contributed by the women of the city, who never refuse an appeal to to promote the work of Faith Hone, which is the care of helpless infants and children.


From the newspaper The Houston Post. dated April 25, 1908:

Wanted- A good house girl. Apply Levy's residence, 2016 Main.


The Houston Post. dated September 29, 1915:

Return of Houstonians.

Miss Harriet Levy, Mrs. Joseph Goldman, Miss Adalena Goldman, Mr. and Mrs. I.S. Levy, Messrs.  Abe Levy, Haskel Levy and Leo Levy, who attended the Goldman-Bauman wedding in St. Louis Monday morning, are expected home this morning. After a wedding trip of several weeks East, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Goldman will arrive in Houston, being at home at 2016 Main Street.


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Family deaths; Joseph Goldman, Abe Levy, Haskell Levy, and Harriet Levy. Sorted in chronological order. 

The Houston Post. dated February 24, 1915:

Joseph Goldman of Levy Bros. Dead

Was Secretary-Treasure of the Dry Goods Company.

Daughter Was Away Attending College, Hurried to Reach Home Before His Death; Was Too Late

Joseph Goldman, aged 60 years, secretary-treasure of the Levy Brothers Dry Goods Company, for 26 years a resident of Houston, died at the family home, 2016 Main Street, at 7:50 Tuesday evening, after an illness of two weeks--

Mr. Goldman was a brother-in-aw of Messrs. Abe M., Like and Haskell Levvy and Miss Harriett Levy of this city, his wife being Miss Fannie Levy; Last December the twenty-fifth anniversary of their wedding was celebrated. 


Houston Post-Dispatch dated November 12, 1924:

Society Will Attend Funeral In Body

The entire membership of the Levy Mutual Aid Society will attend funeral services for its founder, Abe M. Levy, at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the residence of the former merchant, 2016 Main Street.

Dr. Henry Barnston will officiate at the ceremonies. Burial will be in the Beth Israel cemetery. Ley Brothers' store and Grand Leader were closed all of Monday in tribute to their former president. They will reopen Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. Levy is survived by brother, Haskell, and a sister Miss Harriet. 


The Texas Jewish Herald dated September 16, 1926:

Funeral services for Haskell Levy, 60, was held Sunday, September 12, at 10 'oclock at the family residence, 2016 Main Street. Rabbi Henry Barnston officiation Interment was the family mausoleum in Beth Israel Cemetery.  Surviving Mr. Levy is his sister, Miss Harriett Levy--


Texas Jewish Herald dated October 14, 1937:

Miss Harriet Levy, Philanthropist and Civic Leader, Dies

Miss Harriet Levy, 75, a life-long resident of Houston who was known for her philanthropy and interest in the civic and commercial life of Houston, died at her home, 2016 Main, Saturday.

Miss Levy was a sister of Abe M. Levy and Haskell Levy, brothers who founded Levy Bros. Department Store.  She was closely associated with the business for 20 years.  She was born in Houston, Sept. 13, 1862.  Her life had been devoted to charity and welfare work.

She gave the ground for the DePelchin Faith Home and was made a life member of the board. 

She was one of the original patrons of the Houston Symphony orchestra and one of the patrons of the Art Museum--

Dr. Henry Barnston, rabbi of Temple Beth Israel, officiated. 

Surviving nieces and nephews include Mr. and Mrs. Leopold Meyer, Mr. and Mrs. Albert A. Bath, Mr. and Mrs. Leo M. Levy, all of Houston and Mrs. and Mrs. M.L. Goldman of New York.

Active pallbearers were Marcus N. Meyer, C. Bernard Newding, Theodore F. Keller, Walter L. Conover, Dr. Thomas Freundlich, Morris D. Meyer, Joseph Finger and Dave H. Straus.


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