Old Houston Photos Mashed With Modern Houston, Part 3: Cleaners, Carpets and Chevys
Here we go with our third installment of vintage Houston photos mashed with their present-day locations.
This round we show you several different locations surrounding downtown and Montrose. Also, we go back to 1992 and revisit a British invasion (that happened 20 years ago this Sunday) that even made the boys weep.
Photos by Abrahán Garza
8. 1601 Welch
Land's Cleaners. Hidden in heart of Montrose, this building is currently being used as mixed use office space.
7. 1634 Westheimer
Kewpie Cleaners & Dyers. Currently an empty lot across from Poison Girl.
6. 1832 Westheimer
Alamo Carpet Company, Floor Covering Specialists. Offering Air Conditioned and Ample Parking Spaces. Currently the home of Paulie's Restaurant.
5. 815 Houston Avenue
Perhaps the strongest standing building in Houston? Virtually unchanged, Knapp Chevrolet has been Downtown's only Chevy dealer since 1939.
4. 904 Westheimer
Felix Mexican Restaurant. Closed in 2008, it had been around for 60 years. It has housed Uchi Sushi since February of this year.
3. 3000 Caroline
Jennings Cleaners & Dye. Currently 13 Celsius European Wine Bar & Cafe.
2. 1600 Louisiana
Downtown YMCA. Built in 1941. It had dorms for 270 men, an assembly hall, 19 classrooms, two gyms, six handball courts, indoor pool, youth department and workout areas.
1. 20 years ago: Morrissey at Record Rack July 29, 1992, Shepherd and Alabama.
Fresh from his record-breaking first solo world tour, he nearly caused a riot as 500 people were promised to meet the former Smiths front man in a rare in-store signing and many more showed up. Proof that this was pre-Internet: Not a single mention from any of our local newscasters (many of whom are still on the air) that Morrissey was ever in a band called The Smiths. See video:
Morrissey will be invading the Houston area again on December 2, at Jefferson Theater in Beaumont.