Located on the backside of the James Baker Institute for Public Policy on the campus of Rice University is this iconic piece of history. This part of the Berlin Wall stands as a monument to freedom and is a testament to the works of those involved to unify Germany’s peace and freedom.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Built in 1925 the Houston Light Guard Armory building has a very interesting story. Only used for 13 years housing the Light Guard, its original purpose, it was then deeded to the city. Long vacant and the victim of vagrants and hurricanes, it is now in the process of being refurbished and saved.
The Buffalo Soldier National Museum has stepped up and is raising funds to turn this treasure into their new home. Though initial clean-up and minor demolition is getting underway they are still a far cry from reaching their $4 million goal. Contribution to the reconstruction effort can be made HERE.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
This remarkable work is an untitled work of Robert Fowler located in the Frank C. Weber Plaza near University of Texas Medical School in the Texas Medical Center. If that name sounds familiar it’s because another of his pieces was featured in a previous blog post HERE.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Holland Lodge #1 of the Ancient Free & Accepted Free Masons of Texas was the first Masonic Lodge in Texas. Originally formed in Brazoria in 1835, it relocated to Houston soon after the Battle of San Jacinto and the forming of the Republic of Texas. Their present lodge, built in 1954, is located in the Museum District on Montrose and sports this incredible structural mural.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
While this statue by Edd Hayes, entitled “In the Line of Fire” is quite striking, the odd thing is resides on an empty lot on the corner of Main St. at Hadley in the midtwon area.
It seems that eventually... the Houston Fire Museum will be located in a new building on this location. Until then he's on his own honoring our local firefighters.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
A sign of the apocalypse?
Well... not really.
The former Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority Building in Midtown has become a canvas for local urban artists and this is just a close up of one of its painted walls.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
The Kemah Boardwalk is somewhat of a tourist destination in nearby Kemah. Developed by restaurant magnate, Tilman Fertitta, it contains a small amusement park and several eateries within its 42 acres just outside of the Kemah Causeway, seen in the background in today’s photo.
While vacant now… you should see it in the summer.
…or even on a some of the mild winter weekends we have been having lately.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Big sporting day today as the Chevron Houston Marathon occurs this morning and later all eyes (well... maybe not ALL eyes) will be watching the hometown Houston Texans play in their NFL playoff game vs. the Baltimore Ravens.
Which segues into today's image (see how clever that was?). This relief is displayed on what used to be the athletic facility of the historic San Jacinot High School, which is now part of the Houston Community College system.
More on the history later, but for now??? Go Texans!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
As to where today's phot was taken.
I bet you didn't guess the old Southwestern Bell (now AT&T) facility on Richmond Ave. near St. Thomas University. Built in 1928 to serve the “assumption” the city would expand to the southwest (um… ya’ think?) and provided service to an additional 14,500 customers, the building itself is fairly non-descript and almost industrial in appearance.
This no longer used entry, however, is a completely different story don’t you think?
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
This repainted gas station is actually part of Andrei Molodkin's exhibit at the Station Museum - Contemporary Art. The Russian contemporary artist's monument to the Bolshevik Revolution of October 1917 can we witnessed for free as you drive by the intersection of Alabama and LaBranch streets.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Last week St. Arnold Brewery founder Brock Wagner pledged FREE BEER to all the Houston Texans players should they win this past weekend’s playoff game against Cincinnati. Well… the scheme worked as the home team won 31-10.
I wonder how many players have taken him up on the offer, and better yet… if he plans on doing it again this weekend as the Texans travel to Baltimore to play the Ravens.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Mexican born artist, Dionicio Rodriguez, recognized as one of America’s foremost faux bois sculptors, created this cross in Woodlawn cemetery that resembled wood, even though it is really made of concrete.
Either way… it is still very striking.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Today the NFL franchise Houston Texans will host their first playoff game in their ten year history. At 3:30pm in Reliant Stadium they will face the visiting Cincinnati Bengals in what I hope will be a victorious start to a successful playoff run.
I don’t have tickets, so I very well might end up at a favorite establishment to enjoy the game with a few adult beverages.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Recently opened, the new Houston Permitting Center has taken residence in a renovated rice warehouse at the end of Washington Ave. During the renovation, the city also allocated funds for new art works to adorn the interior, as well as, exterior of the building. The Houston Arts Alliance chose Mary Margaret Hansen to lead 12 local artists to complete the task.
Dick Wray used this exterior elevator shaft as his canvas for this dynamic piece, which also happens to be his only piece of public art.
On a more historical note, this building is located near the original site of the Houston Infirmary which was founded soon after the end of the Civil War in 1874 to provide medical care for railroad companies during the 1870s and 1880s.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Located on the south of Clear Lake this privately owned lighthouse doesn’t serve an official purpose, but does give locals a sense of coastal life. Almost a 100 ft. high the land was built on is now being developed into a gated community for luxury homes.
Act now and you too can live next to a lighthouse.