It's time for another look at vintage Houston photos mashed with their present-day locations.
Since the last post, people have asked why I am doing this, and it's never just one answer. Houston needs to be remembered for its go-get-`em-everything-is-bigger-in-Texas ways. I've heard people complain about how much downtown Houston has changed, and here is proof that we really might be trying to preserve its history when it can be done.
This time, I am happy to have chosen locations that Houstonians see on a daily basis. Especially with baseball season in full swing:
9. Jones Hall
Jones Hall, unchanged since the year it won the American Institute of Architects' Honor Award, 1967.
Gillman Pontiac (now Gillman Honda) in 1965 -- currently the Houston Press Building at 1621 Milam. Crazy to think that GTOs and Bonnevilles were sold in our lobby (note the car driving into the service department on Pease).
I'd trade the light rail for the Slow and Fast lanes you see here in the late 1920s any day -- 1100 Main Street at McKinney.
6. Near Lawndale
Weldon's Cafeteria in the 1950s, next door to the Lawndale Art Center at 4916 Main Street.
5. Near the ballpark
Across the street from Union Station stands the Ben Milam Hotel, the first hotel here with air conditioning -- a big deal for Houston in 1932.
4. At the ballpark
Union Station, 1911. Now the largest entrance at Minute Maid Park and home to the team giftshop.
3. Allen Parkway
Allen Parkway Walkway Bridge,
1967 1952. Not sure when the fence was added.
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2. Union Station Redux
Just a year old, Union Station with an expansion of office space here in 1912.
1. Wish you were here
Howdy from Houston -- The skyline from the Allen Parkway Bridge, 1967.