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Old November 28th, 2008, 12:49 AM   #1
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Vintage Houston

I came across these amazing old photos of Houston from the Life magazine archives. Most of these are from 1946.

Downtown Houston 1946









Houston at night 1946



Houston Art Deco skyscrapers 1946



Downtown Houston 1954



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Old November 28th, 2008, 04:02 AM   #2
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those are really neat pics of Houston! I wonder how many of those buildings are still around since it seems here in houston they are knocking down stuff thats only 20 years old!!! thats the one thing i dislike about houston.
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Old November 28th, 2008, 09:32 PM   #3
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Sweet pics! Looks like this was about when the auto culture started to take hold.
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Great pics. Leads me to a question for anybody. I recall watching coverage of the Superbowl in Houston and hearing a guy on a TV show call the area below "Old Town". But I've never been able to find anything online regarding "Old Town" Houston. Is that really the name of this area? If not, what's it called. And is there a link to info on that part of town?

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Old December 1st, 2008, 03:43 AM   #5
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There is no Old Town but there are a lot of old areas of Houston. My favorite is probably Montrose, which is a really eclectic mix of old Victorian and new contemporary between Downtown and the Galleria.

The area in the picture is just Main Street in Downtown. There's lightrail down it and they recently did the expensive streetscape project..like in 2002 I think is when they finished all of that. It looks amazing in my opinion.

In regards to Cadman's post, you'll find that actually a LOT of the old Art Deco buildings are still in tact. In Houston there is a lot more grit than people think AND a lot more old buildings, not to mention just all-around urbanity..
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Old December 1st, 2008, 04:37 AM   #6
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They really like those dank looking apartments off of Allen Parkway.
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Old December 1st, 2008, 06:35 AM   #7
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nice find there, those are great pics
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Wow, those pics are a treasure, nice density in downtown Houston in 1946.

Very busy during the day, lots of people.
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~ Bump! I think we can have some fun with this old thread!


Houston 1959


http://www.sloanegallery.com/houston_texas_in_color.htm


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Old March 4th, 2012, 07:27 PM   #10
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Google Earth has aerial imagery from 1944. It is amazing how fast Houston grew.
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scan0016.jpg orange bike by DiskoJoe, on Flickr

Well not really vintage but my camera is and the pic looks vintage. No editing on this one.
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Ahh, the times when Houston was on track to be a real city. Then they had to kill downtown. I hear all these stories from my parents about when they were kids and would go downtown to do stuff. Sucks!
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Ahh, the times when Houston was on track to be a real city. Then they had to kill downtown. I hear all these stories from my parents about when they were kids and would go downtown to do stuff. Sucks!
I agree.

One of us should invent a time travel machine, travel back in time to the 1950's-1960's and slap the urban planners, politicians, and developers for just thinking of doing what they did.

Oh, well at least there has been some movement to reinvigorate downtown.
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Note all the parking lots already cleared.
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Foley's Houston

Built in 1947 and expanded upward 10 years later.


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I agree.

One of us should invent a time travel machine, travel back in time to the 1950's-1960's and slap the urban planners, politicians, and developers for just thinking of doing what they did.

Oh, well at least there has been some movement to reinvigorate downtown.
Not really. Its sad attempts. They have yet to realize that they need more condos that are affordable. But really just more condos and housing in general. You cant revitalize an area that no one lives in. Houston has the saddest downtown ive ever been to at night. There is 2-3 blocks on main street open til 2am but then ghost town. And there is no food! Is there some sort of ordinance about food trucks downtown? I never see food truck downtown. This would be an easy solution. Add an exception for the open container law so you could take your drink with you club hopping and things might start to open up. But as is it is destine to just fade away again. But its okay. Montrose is still cooler.
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Old March 27th, 2012, 08:52 PM   #20
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Note all the parking lots already cleared.
At least back then they had some stores in the parking lot too and not just a whole block of surface lot. The East side of DT is better but the South side over by Houston House still looks pretty sad.
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