In a city like Houston, to take on the fight for historic preservation is the equivalent of slamming your face into a wall over and over. With no zoning and virtually no historic ordinances with any teeth whatsoever, the city and county have long been at the mercy of developers because of laws they ... More >>
App: Texas Historical Landmarks Platforms: iPhone, Android Website: Atomic Axis Cost: Free (lite version), $3.99 (full version) Texas Historical Landmarks rolls quite a few things into an app that I like. It's easy to use, has quite a surprisingly dense number of features -- from check-ins and phot ... More >>
If you've set foot downtown at any point in the last 30 years, there's a strong chance you've eaten at Treebeards. Ever since it opened on Market Square in 1978 between what its website calls "a peep show arcade and a rowdy bar," Treebeards has served some of the city's favorite Cajun food from some ... More >>
The Place: Lizzard's Pub 2715 Sackett 713-529-4610 The Deals: $2.75 wells and domestics The Hours: 2 to 8 p.m. The Scene: According to its sign, Lizzard's Pub has been around since 1976. In Houston bar years, that's enough to earn it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. In ... More >>
Just before 10 a.m. today, Houston City Council approved the historic district applications for Glenbrook Valley, Woodland Heights and Heights South. The mid-century modern neighborhood Glenbrook Valley, at the center of a contentious debate and the subject of the Press' June 23 cover story, ... More >>
Who knew historic preservation could ignite so much neighborhood drama?
Robert Searcy and Joe Ablaza have something in common: They each think they're doing good things for their neighborhood. And that's about it. Real estate agent Searcy and working professional Ablaza live in Glenbrook Valley, the southeast Houston subdivision that's striving to become Texas' ... More >>
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>
Steve JansenYesterday's scene in front of Houston City Hall.There are a bunch of folks in Heights South, Woodland Heights and Glenbrook Valley seriously P.O.'d about what they're calling a classic "bait-and-switch" technique pulled by the City of Houston. Today about 50 of them (which dwindl ... More >>
Photo by Dan KramerBrennan's then...When Brennan's burned to the ground in the chaos of Hurricane Ike in September 2008, owner Alex Brennan-Martin wasn't even sure if the restaurant could be salvaged at all. Before the remains of the structure were assessed, it looked like he'd have to rebuil ... More >>
One side's happyCity Council easily passed today some important revisions to Houston's historic preservation laws, the key part being you can no longer thumb your nose at Houston's historic preservation laws.The ""90-day clause" -- which said the city could stop you from demolishing a historic st ... More >>
Good enough for DC, why not Houston?There's been some talk about how Houston has strengthened its historical-preservation ordinances, but -- you know -- it's Houston. Ain't too much strengthening going on.But it's a nver-ending battle, and if you want to join it, there's a meeting tonight at the ... More >>
Sure, it's younger than Angie Dickinson, but the Immanuel Lutheran Church at 15th and Cortlandt in the Heights is still historic. (So's Angie, to Police Woman and Rat Pack fans.)"The building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a wonderful example of early 20th ce ... More >>
Photo by diveofficerIs it a good or bad thing to be named one of the state's Most Endangered Historic Places?The Sam Jacinto Battlefield is going to find out, having earned that dubious honor this morning."The landscape is all that remains of this important historic site, and without a comp ... More >>
Photos courtesy of Galveston IslandLast year, after the all-round drenching and destruction that the Strand Historic Landmark District in Galveston took on in Hurricane Ike, the annual presentation of the Dickens on the Strand was a shadow of its former self. Three months wasn't nearly enou ... More >>
Photo courtesy Galveston Historical FoundationThe Strand, downtown Galveston's most historic district, is getting a little help today in its efforts to preserve itself.The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named "The Cast-Iron Architecture of Galveston" as one of its 11 Most Endangered Hi ... More >>
The historic Lone Star Saloon in Richmond is about to be demolished.Heavily damaged by a fire in November, the remains of the 120-year-old building will be taken down by the end of the month, owner Bill Lundquist tells Fort Bend Now.The good news: He's planning to build a replacement. That's not rea ... More >>
George Mitchell is pretty much the guy who saved Downtown Galveston and the Strand area as it was slowly deteriorating into oblivion; now he's leading the efforts to bring it back from Ike.Today he issued an upbeat assessment of where things stand and where they'll be going.The 24 historical buildin ... More >>
Ike who? Galveston Islands ode to merry old England is alive and well
4,800 Santas, thousands of lights and a little eggnog
HISD got more than it bargained for when it decided to develop the Fourth Ward
The city buys the historic Cohn House to move it into a possible future tourism center
The City of Houston wants to further spiff up the area around Minute Maid Park. The historic Cohn House stands in its way.
Hysteric Preservation, Blame Brandi, Innocence Lost
Houston fiddles while its architectural and cultural heritage disappears
Some Museum District residents rally against plans for razing quaint apartments
Secrecy and lack of oversight plague housing programs
Can public opinion preserve what a preservation ordinance can't? Or: Follow the bouncing wrecking ball
The Press moves to a spiffy new building
A nonprofit "charity" is pursuing millions in taxpayers' money to redevelop the Fourth Ward. The question for Houston Renaissance is, charity for whom?
Montrose-area neighborhoods broach a novel idea: Let freeway expansion improve the inner city
APV is more than his home. It's his life. No wonder he can't let it go without one final struggle.