1717 Texas Ave. – Houston TX (built 1926, demolished December 9, 2012; architect: Joseph Finger)
New pool, c. 1957-1958, Houston Magazine:
Famous waters from all over the world – the seven seas, lakes, rivers, puddles and ponds – flowed into Houston in a steady stream all summer long until the city could truly be called a blue-sky pool of sky-blue waters.
At least, Ben Milam Hotel’s new pool – shimmering in the middle of a roof-top’s tiles and windscreened terrace – belongs to the world. It became the world’s most international body of water during three-day opening ceremonies in August.
Festivities featured some 18 bottles, jugs, jars, urns and ewers of water poured into the first hotel swimming pool in downtown Houston by Hotel Manager Charles Perry, Hotel-Owning Corporation Officers John Crooker, Sr. and John Crooker, Jr., and architect John Freeman, Jr.
Bringing the waters to the pool (actually, there are two pools – children’s and diving – connected by a spillway) was the most glamorous part of the hotel’s $200,000 hotel addition and modernization project (including new garage facilities and a new drive-in entrance along with the roof-top pool-terrace).
Co-operating Chamber of Commerce officials and hotel managers from all over the world scooped up cascading water from Niagara Falls, leaned out of a gondola to gather Venice’s Grand Canal water in a Grecian urn, or captured spray falling from the world’s tallest fountain in Switzerland. And not to be outdone – even though the French government will not allow shipment of any waters out of the country – the French consulate (if the water shortage is still acute) is expected to send a bottle of light wine.
Exterior, banquet room, and new entrance c. 1954-1958: