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I wanted to start a topic place to share images of Historic Houston.

Chapman Street - Near Northside

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Old Texas and New Orleans Rail Road Shops on the near Northside - (soon to be lost?)

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Mallalieu Methodist Church First Ward

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First Ward House lost to townhouse developers

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Brick Building - Old Harrisburg

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Paradise Motel - Old Hempstead Highway

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Old Texas and New Orleans Rail Road Shops on the near Northside - (soon to be lost?)

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Man! I love those two buildings. I'd love to get in their and get a close look at those steel doors.

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Westmoreland District House

That one reminds me of the old one on Pasadena Street in the East End. Don't forget to take and post a photo of that one, if you get a chance.

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Giant Oak - Glenwood Cemetery - Lots of Spanish Flu victims nearby

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Old Houston and Texas Central RR Bridge - Frostown

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Arches - The Texas Company

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Old Church - Near Northside

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Alamo Plaza Motel - Old Spanish Trail

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Downtown view from Glenwood Cemetery

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Houston Texas And New Orleans Rail Road Shops from 1891 Houston Panoramic Map

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Abandoned North Side Shops

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First Ward Fixer-up-ers

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Glenwood Cemetery Gully

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George Hermann Grave Glenwood Cemetery (Hermann Park)

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Old Heights Gas Station

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House off of North Main

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Abandoned East End House

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That one is the Brady House (HAIF mention here). It's got tax issues etc. and so apparently is in legal limbo. The interior is pretty much gutted and there had been a small fire on the 3rd floor.

Great set of photos, isuredid. Preservation is helped by awareness and most Houstonians never notice old buildings still lingering so they are seldom missed once gone.

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Old Houston and Texas Central RR Bridge - Frostown

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Check out the tree on the left bank. I'm no tree expert, but can anyone guess if that tree was deliberately planted? Sometimes the best way to check out what *used* to exist at a razed site is to look at the nearby trees, flora/fauna.

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Old Farmhouse on Griggs Road

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Old House Behind San Jacinto Stone

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Building on Rutland Place

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Sunset in the Old Sixth Ward

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Helene Apartments on Hadley

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Old Farmhouse in Cypress

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German Church in Addicks

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Thomas Street Health Center

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Abandoned Robert E. Lee Elementary School - Northside

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Sunset in the Old Sixth Ward

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funny! the house I used to rent keeps popping up on here! too funny, too bad I don't still live there, I'd invite you over :>

I did a drive through in the area North of the 6th ward, S I-10, E Taylor, W Houston a few months ago and took some pics. You might like those, that area if full of really neat houses just crying for renovation, but developers/townhomes are currently swarming through. I don't think there will be anyone to challenge them as the area is currently sketchy at best...

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Old drawbridge under US59. Did not know that was there. Great pics thanks.

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German Church in Addicks

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I read in the Chronicle a while back that this church will be torn down by developers. What a shame.

That's Addicks United Methodist Church. That church has deep ties to the region (including Hillendahl -- Blue Light -- Cemetery). I believe that particular building has been around since 1915.

It would be a shame to see it torn down.

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Incredible thread. Thanks for sharing these with me. I used to volunteer at the Thomas Street Clinic. That place always felt haunted!

Hopefully, people will begin to realize the importance of trying to save pieces of our past. In fact, I work in an old mill building that has been turned into lofts in Boston and my new gym is located in an old railroad building very similar to the one in these pics. They can be re-adapted to today's needs with just a little bit of imagination!

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German Church in Addicks

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I read in the Chronicle a while back that this church will be torn down by developers. What a shame.

Yeah, this is just the kind of thing that I've always wanted to buy and turn into a microbrewrey. Sell the product under the label "Holy Spirits".

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Thomas Street Health Center

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Abandoned Robert E. Lee Elementary School - Northside

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"The Tom" is one of my favorite antique buildings in town. Lee School is also a keeper, and both sitting on one of Houston's best hills which might lead to developer/tear down interest at some point.

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Pasadena Street House in Forest Hill Neighborhood

I went to High School with someone who lived directly behind this house

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Pasadena Street House - Second View

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Saint Nicholas Convent - Live Oak Street

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Lorinos Grocery - Telephone and Lawndale

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Old Filling Station - Leeland at Ennis

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Old Watermelon and Fruit Stand off Navigation

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Port of Houston

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"The Tom" is one of my favorite antique buildings in town. Lee School is also a keeper, and both sitting on one of Houston's best hills which might lead to developer/tear down interest at some point.

My mom went to elementary at Lee in the 40's

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The railroad buildings are part of the Hardy Yards property. They have been gutted and remediated. Though the property is for sale to other developers, the intention is for those buildings to be reused. Obviously, the final decision rests with the final purchaser.

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The railroad buildings are part of the Hardy Yards property. They have been gutted and remediated. Though the property is for sale to other developers, the intention is for those buildings to be reused. Obviously, the final decision rests with the final purchaser.

"the final decision rests with the final purchaser" is the part that is worrisome and is true for almost all the remaining historical structures in Houston and Harris County.

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Excellent pictures!

Next door to the house in Westmoreland, the Waldo mansion (not pictured) was also used as a location for Terms of Endearment. It was a stand-in for the Jack Nicholson character's back yard (the house in the foreground in the Locke Lane picture).

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Glad that this building is still being used heavily. if you ride the harrisburg bike trail you go right behind it.

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Old Dance Hall on Navigation

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Some info on this building from the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance's website;

Sociedad Mutualista Benito Juarez Casino Hall

7320 Navigation Blvd.

The owner of this Hispanic heritage site has paid the taxes owed on the property and removed the East End landmark from the auction block. Despite these developments, the future of this important property remains in doubt as the building suffers from deterioration and neglect.

As a result of Greater Houston Preservation Alliance's efforts to increase awareness of the property, the organization has been contacted by potential buyers with sufficient funds to renovate the building. GHPA is putting these individuals in touch with the current owner in hopes that this landmark can be preserved for Houston's Hispanic community. GHPA is also contacting the owner to encourage him to either stabilize and secure the building or sell the property.

Sociedad Mutualista Benito Juarez, a Mexican-American mutual aid society, built Casino Hall in 1928. The building provided a location for theatrical performances, public meetings and community events. According to the architectural historian Stephen Fox, the wooden structure was the first purpose-built, non-religious public institution constructed by and for the local Mexican-American community.

GHPA will continue to monitor this important property and provide updates as developments warrant.

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Old Heights Gas Station

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Unfortunately that one is a goner. That place, along with several houses around, it were sold off in one deal I believe (note the for sale signs on the two houses just north). That area of the Heights is in hyper McMansionization mode.

Great pictures though...especially the "real" mansions.

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Unfortunately that one is a goner. That place, along with several houses around, it were sold off in one deal I believe (note the for sale signs on the two houses just north). That area of the Heights is in hyper McMansionization mode.

Great pictures though...especially the "real" mansions.

This whole corner is still for sale and I've not seen that they were sold.

The gas station would make a great coffee shop with outdoor seating.. but the neighbourhood might not like a business right there. (as I live a few blocks from there)

I'm sure they'll all go to some developer.. so long as they don't build apartments here (townhomes, same thing) I'll be okay with a pseudo-victorian style rebuild.

Cheers!

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This school is the school i went to. Also in the thomas building I got in trouble when i was young i rode my bike through the building.

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Alamo Elementary Harvard @ E. 27th

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Cooley Mansion Harvard at E. !8th

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Heights Library Heights at E. 13th

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My grandfather designed and made these fence panels for the Heights Library in 1935

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All Saints steeple Harvard @ E. 10th

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The Admiral across from Spanish Flower on N. Main

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Best thread in a long time. Those pictures are history captured.

With ISureDid's permission, it would be great if someone uploaded them to the Towrs wiki with short descriptions from the thread so they could be preserved long after they're torn down.

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View from observation deck of the San Jacinto Monument

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San Jacinto Monument

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San Jacinto Battleground

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I need to get in there. Is it open, or do I need to contact the property managers?

Let me tell you from experience. I been shoot at, Detained Personally, escorted of properties by 6'7 Bubba's that is not a pleasant experience. Trust me get permission. That reminds me i need to buy another camera.

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Let me tell you from experience. I been shoot at, Detained Personally, escorted of properties by 6'7 Bubba's that is not a pleasant experience. Trust me get permission. That reminds me i need to buy another camera.

Well, there is always that "JP Morgan Chase Tower-Chance" that he would be denied. And when you want to get a shot, nothing will bother you more until you do.

Wait... I'm talking about taking pictures.

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GREAT thread!!! :D

I've got a couple suggestions (will try to get pictures myself if no one beats me to it).

1) If my research is correct, the oldest building still standing in Houston is located at 813 Congress (LaCarafe) built around 1845.

2) Second oldest building - the Travis Building (TreeBeards) built around 1870

3) Annunciation Church - dedicated in 1871.

4) The Cotton Exchange Building - built in 1885.

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GREAT thread!!! :D

I've got a couple suggestions (will try to get pictures myself if no one beats me to it).

1) If my research is correct, the oldest building still standing in Houston is located at 813 Congress (LaCarafe) built around 1845.

2) Second oldest building - the Travis Building (TreeBeards) built around 1870

3) Annunciation Church - dedicated in 1871.

4) The Cotton Exchange Building - built in 1885.

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