Cool: Old Houston Photos Mashed with Their Present-Day Houston Equivalent

Houston Press staffer Abrahán Garza likes to meld Houston's past and present together.

He goes around town matching up old postcards to present-day sites, something he saw on the Web a year or so ago.

"I'll find a remnant in the old photo I will try to match it up perfectly," he says. "It's definitely a plus when it's an existing window or a doorway. I love when locations still have the original awnings, windowpanes or doors. I believe it's sad when I find a location that is now a parking lot where once stood a beautiful, interesting building with detailed, thought-out architecture that no one would ever know about today."

Some of the results so far:

Cool: Old Houston Photos Mashed with Their Present-Day Houston Equivalent

9. Upstairs on the Square and Huber Seafood House & Oyster Bar (212 Travis Street), 1975

Cool: Old Houston Photos Mashed with Their Present-Day Houston Equivalent

8. Main and Capitol streets in 1943. The Flying Saucer is at this current location on the left.

Cool: Old Houston Photos Mashed with Their Present-Day Houston Equivalent

7. Main Street at Capitol Street in the 1930s.

Cool: Old Houston Photos Mashed with Their Present-Day Houston Equivalent

6. Main Street between Texas and Prairie, 1967. The Houston Press newsbox is for the defunct daily.

Cool: Old Houston Photos Mashed with Their Present-Day Houston Equivalent

5. United States Post Office, 701 San Jacinto at Rusk in 1939.

Cool: Old Houston Photos Mashed with Their Present-Day Houston Equivalent

4. Main Street between Texas and Prairie, 1967.

Cool: Old Houston Photos Mashed with Their Present-Day Houston Equivalent

3. Robertson Stadium, University of Houston, in the 1940s.

Cool: Old Houston Photos Mashed with Their Present-Day Houston Equivalent

2. 1300 Travis at Polk Street sometime in the 1990s with the Exxon Mobile Building in the background.

Cool: Old Houston Photos Mashed with Their Present-Day Houston Equivalent

1. First United Methodist Church, Main Street at Clay in 1946.


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