Friday, December 10, 2010

Cotton Exchange Building

Back when cotton was king, this was the place to be. Dating back to 1885, the Cotton Exchange Building housed the Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade. It was a hub for important business dealings that fueled Houston’s early economy, and housed the early effort to lobby the U.S. Congress for a deepwater channel to the Gulf of Mexico. Socially, it was the first home of the exclusive Houston Club.

Its Victorian Renaissance Revival architecture is a downtown historic treasure. So much so, it was one of the first Houston buildings to be included on the National Register of Historic Places.

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