4801 Ranier Ave. – Seattle WA (built 1957; architect: Welton Becket & Associates; currently Columbia Plaza)
This supermarket has undergone significant alterations and only the back end has the visible arches. In 1987, the original sign was removed as well as the vaulted roof overhang on the front of the building, which was replaced by the current awning. More about the building and its history here: http://columbiacity.wdfiles.com/local–files/land-use:4801-rainier-ave-s/Tradewell_-Columbia_City_Review.pdf
From the February 1958 issue of Arts and Architecture:
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310 Carnarvon Dr. – Houston TX (built 1957; architects: Neuhaus & Taylor; demolished between 1990 and 1999)
This home, built for the Genitempo family, was built without the port-cochere described. Excerpted from the February 1957 issue of Arts & Architecture:
Site: 130′ x 150′, flat, heavily wooded
Problem: The design of a contemporary residence, for a young couple with two children, which would be suitable for entertaining with large informal parties, taking advantage of the natural beauty of the site, yet maintaining privacy from the neighbors.
Solution: The basic house was designed around the swimming pool and play yard, on a basic 4′ x 4′ module expressed in the terrazzo floor used throughout.
The necessity of saving large oak and pine trees dictated the basic “H” shape of the plan. The drive-through port-cochere is framed with four 36′ laminated arches inclined at approximately 45 degrees and roofed with 1″ decking spanning in both directions which forms a warped shell type roof. This shape was used primarily for design relief of the severe brick exterior after determining that it was structurally and economically feasible.
The exterior walls are 10″ brick and glass. The fixed sash is let into routed 4 x 4 posts, and the fence picks up the same pattern by the use of 1/4″ transite set in a similar manner.
601 Main St. – Fort Worth TX (built 1929; architects Mauran, Russell, & Crowell; also Hilton Hotel; currently Courtyard by Marriott Hotel)
The art deco designed Blackstone Hotel is the tallest hotel in Fort Worth and in 1952 was bought by Conrad Hilton. In 1962 the hotel was bought out again and reverted to its original name but closed in 1982. After being vacant for 15 years, the hotel was bought and renovations began, and eventually becoming the current Courtyard Hotel in 1999.
210 E. Main St. – Brenham TX (built c. 1871; metal cladding added late 1960s; also Dwyer & Healey Hardware, Faske’s Jewelry)
Text of building marker:
210-212 East Main Street
Mr. M.S. Haley, a Brenham native, acquired this site in 1866 and sold it to an Irish immigrant, Thomas H. Dwyer in 1871. The present two story structure was erected that featured the “Dwyer & Healy Hardware Co.” By 1913, it had become the “Dwyer Store Building.” Various businesses, including a dry goods and later a Singer sewing machine shop were conducted from here. Two barber shops opened on the east side and the eastern upstairs held a beauty shop and later apartments.
The West half of the structure has been operated as a jewelry store by the Faske family since 1944 and is still owned and operated by them.
George Moorman bought the east half of the building in 1962 and moved his law offices into the basement. His wife ran a clothing store, “Billie’s Corner” on the ground level.
In 1996, the L.A. “Bill” Davis family acquired the eastern half. It was then restored and the old apartments facing St. Charles Street were refurbished.
Businesses now occupy the ground floor and the basement.
1606 White Oak Dr. (historically 202 White Oak Dr.) – Houston TX (build date unknown; currently Avis Frank Gallery; also King Biscuit restaurant, historically Humble Service Station No. 125)
This location was originally home to a mid-1920s Humble Service Station and was expanded in the early 1980s as a restaurant. More here from Avis Frank Gallery: http://www.avisfrank.com/avisfrank_about.html
9200 S. Main St. – Houston TX (build date unknown; also Christie’s Seafood Restaurant, Gaido’s White Horse Tavern)
Many thanks to Larissa Lindsay for matchbook donations
8816 Westheimer Rd. – Houston TX (built 1972; also Atchafalaya River Cafe; currently Landry’s Seafood House)
Thanks to Larissa Lindsay for matchbook donation!
Atchafalaya River Cafe advertisment, 1988:
430 S. Santa Rosa Ave. – San Antonio TX (build date unknown)
Bill Miller opened his first restaurant in 1950, originally serving fried chicken. There are now 67 locations of the barbecue restaurant in Texas, all served by this central plant which operates a commissary, sausage kitchen, bakery, laundry service, and warehouse. Read more about the restaurant and its history here: http://billmillerbbq.com/about-us
1903 Hermann Dr. – Houston TX (built 1950; currently Victory Medical Center; architect: Wyatt C. Hedrick)
From Houston Magazine, 1952:
Styled in a modified New Orleans type of architecture, the Cravens, Dargan building at 1903 Hermann Drive in Houston complements its beautifully wooded surroundings on the northern edge of Hermann Park. Completed in late 1950, the building, which contains three full working floors, is air-conditioned throughout and boasts what has been considered the finest lighting system of any insurance building in the United States. A company subsidized cafeteria, lounges, outdoor recreation area and ample parking facilities have been provided for the convenience of employees.
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From Houston Magazine, 1951:
Advertisement from 1942:
2100 Yale St. – Houston TX (built 1952)
The Dupuis Building, originally home to Yale Pharmacy and Poll-Parrott Shoe Store, was built and owned by Abel and Mildred Dupuis. Abel was President of Yale Pharmacy, Inc., Mildred was Secretary/Treasurer, and their son, Abel Jr., was Vice President.
Below is an advertisement from 1953 for Binswanger Glass featuring the Dupuis Building, which “presents newness and freshness of design and an interesting use of glass.”
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