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Autry Memorial Hospital School At S. Shepherd Dr. & W. Dallas St.

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I was reading the newspaper The Houston Post. June 3, 1924 and came across an article detailing a new hospital called Autry Memorial Hospital School located at the intersection of Shepherd's Dam Road and West Dallas Avenue. 

Awesome, awesome find!! I never knew about this hospital! 

Apparently the hospital was another tuberculosis treatment center that paired with the Houston Anti-Tuberculosis League Hospital located at 806 Bagby Street. 

Here's the newspaper clipping and article: 

Child Hospital Is Given To City By Mrs. Autry

$50,000 Institution to Stand as Memorial to James L. Autry Jr.

Tubercular Boys and Girls Will Be Cared For in Effective Way.

A hospital and school for tubercular children and those threatened with the diseases to cost $50,000, is to be built and given to the city at once by Mrs. Allie K. Autry.  Announcement of the gift was made by Mayor Holcombe at the meeting of the city council Monday afternoon.  Plans for the building were begun some months ago and have been completed and approved both by the council and by the advisory board representing Mrs. Autry.

The hospital will occupy a site near the city present tubercular hospital, at the intersection of Shepherd’s Dam road and West Dallas avenue.  It will be known as the “Autry Memorial School” in honor of the donor’s son, James Lockhart Autry Jr., who died in 1922.



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I just realized the name of this hospital corresponds with the new, ultra-luxury Hanover Autry Park mixed-use development. 

Any photos of the hospital? Looks like this would have been where Alta River Oaks is located at 3636 West Dallas St. Or maybe even where the Renoir Lofts is located at 1005 Shepherd Dr.

98-years has past since the Autry Memorial Hospital School was in operation. Now the area is littered with luxury developments.  Before all the luxury development, the area did stay true to the healthcare centers. You had the Center Serving Persons with Mental Retardation located at 3550 West Dallas, and The Center for Hearing and Speech/The Melinda Webb School at 3636 West Dallas.  There was a small healthcare campus located at that intersection it seems. 

I thought Hanover Autry Park was named after that tiny park on the corner of Allen Parkway.  Did the Autry Memorial Hospital School come before the park? Or perhaps Autry Park was dedicated and named after the hospital had been demolished? Kind of like the Shamrock Hotel site on Holcombe & Main.  Now there is a small park at the site.

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Never realized that Autry had lent his name to other buildings in addition to the obvious one, Autry House, which is now part of Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church but was previously affiliated with Rice University for decades.

Edward Albert Palmer Memorial Chapel and Autry House

Autry's former residence, also known as the (James L.) Autry House, still stands in Courtlandt Place and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

James L. Autry House (Courtlandt Place, Houston)

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