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The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Nineteenth Century Buildings

We tend to tear buildings down here in Houston. Sadly, new construction seems to win over preservation most of the time. There are a few buildings that have stood since the 1800s in the downtown area. Some are standing empty, but several are occupied and home to offices, restaurants or bars. Here's our list of our favorites.

10. Kiam Building, 320 Main Street 1893, H. C. Holland

Originally home to the Ed Kiam clothing store, the five-story red brick building with a distinctive bull-nose corner bay at 320 Main Street was designed in 1893 by H. C. Holland, a relatively unknown English-born architect that worked for a short while in Houston. In 1981, the building was restored by Barry Moore Architects but the restoration kept most of the original features intact.