Thursday, February 25, 2016

Cutting-edge Houston Architecture


Sharp edge of Capital One Plaza 5718 Westheimer Rd Houston TX 77057

Capital One Plaza 
5718 Westheimer Rd Houston TX 77057 



Capital One Plaza Office Building 5718 Westheimer Rd Houston TX 77057



55 Waugh
(Prosperity Bank)

Kirby Corporation - Prosperity Bank - 55 Waugh Dr Houston TX 77007

Kirby Corporation - Prosperity Bank - 55 Waugh Dr Houston TX 77007

55 Waugh Drive Houston, Texas 77007
12-story office tower with Prosperity Bank signage on top 

UH-D Commerce Street Building 

University of Houston Downtown - Commerce Street Building
University of Houston Downtown - Commerce Street Building (Mr 2016)

1600 Smith 
1600 Smith Tower - Downtown Houston
1600 Smith above roof of Federal Reserve Bank 



Mid-campus: The University of Texas 
MD Anderson Cancer Center 

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center - Mid-Campus MD Anderson Cancer Center 7007 Bertner Ave #11.2339, Houston, TX 77030
MD Anderson Cancer Center 7007 Bertner Ave, Houston, TX 77030



Sunday, February 21, 2016

St. Paul's Methodist Church


Steeple of St. Paul's Methodist Church 5501 Main St, Houston, TX 77004


Main at Bissonnett / Binz Street near MFAH 

 St. Paul's Methodist Church in the Museum District 


Lent at St Paul's Banner 

St. Paul's Methodist Church - 5501 Main St, Houston, TX 77004

Houston Art Deco: Ned S. Holmes Performance Hall at Lamer HS in River Oaks




Ned S Holmes Performance Hall - Architectural Detail: Image of State of Texas on stone facade
Relief of map of the State of Texas on stone facade of
School's Art Deco Performance Hall 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

Mosbacher Monument and renamed Preston Street Bridge



Preston Street Bridge (also known as Preston Ave Bridge earlier in history) was renamed in 2016 to honor the late former US Secretary of Commerce and Texas oil man Robert A. Mosbacher Sr. Portraits in bronze bass-relief (frontal and profile) are installed on red brick pylons on the West end of the bridge, with a bit of biographic information. 

Preston Street prior to renaming in August 2015;
Franklin Street Post Office Building center back.
The plaque at the mid-point of the Bayou span was also replaced to reflect the name change. This bridge also features turquois pipe-sized rails on both sides, which were unaffected by the rechristening. 
New Name Plaque 
The only connection between the bridge and the politician appears to be commerce. As one of the earliest Buffalo Bayou crossing points, the original version of the Preston Ave bridge played a key role in local commerce by making the then small Town of Houston accessible from the West.  



Six of the "Seven Wonders" art installation at The Wortham Center
seen across Mosbacher Bridge looking East 
OLD BRIDGE NAME PLAQUE 
(1998)



EVEN OLDER BRIDGE NAME PLATE 
(1914)

Historic Preston Avenue Bridge marker
(on display at The Spaghetti Warehouse) 




Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Buffalo Bayou at Franklin and Congress Street


Buffalo Bayou at Congress Street Bridge - UH-D Academic Building
in the distance 
Franklin Street on the Bayou in January 2016 - UH Downtown at center 
Buffalo Bayou mud stream turning right 
at the Franklin Street Post Office (May 2015 photo)

Bridge Art: The Buffalo Bayou Torches on the Gulf Freeway span over Houston's main "river"

Buffalo Bayou Gulf Freeway Bridge with
Chevron Tower and 1600 Smith Tower as background 
Buffalo Bayou Torch with Lyric Center Tower behind (zoom shot)
Bayou Torch against the distinctive horizontal stripes
of the Lyric Center facade 
Steel Torch Detail (zoom shot) 
Buffalo Bayou at Gulf Freeway Overpass (I-45) in October 2012 
Bottom detail of the bridge adornment 
Buffalo Bayou Torch with Bank of American Center as background
Buffalo Bayou Torch from top to bottom
with Bank of American Center as background 



Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Buffalo Bayou at Sabine Street Bridge with Downtown Houston Skyline



The Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark nearby

Art at Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark 103 Sabine St, Houston, TX 77007
Stylized skateboarders - Metal cutouts at Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark 

Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark 103 Sabine St, Houston, TX 77007


Monday, February 8, 2016

Sculpture Walk at the Centennial Gardens: Can you ID these busts?


Historic Figures in Bronze at the McGovern Centennial Gardens (formerly Houston Garden Center) 

Sculpture Walk seen from the observation platform on the hill
Hawkins Sculpture walk seen from the observation platform on the hill 
Hover over photos to read names

Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca - 15th Century Spanish Explorer of the New World

HAWKINS SCULPTURE WALK (stone tablet name marker)

Benito Juárez, Mexican Leader

Simon Bolivar (1783-1830)


Jose Marti (1853-1895) Precursor of the Cuban Independence

Libertador Jose De San Martin 1778-1850 (Argentina, Chile, Peru)

McGovern Centennial Gardens Site Plan with Legends - Points of Interest
Map of layout of McGovern Centennial Gardens with Points of Interest identified  
Vicente Roccafuerte (1783-1847) (President of Ecuador)

General Bernardo O'Higgins Libertador de Chile (1778-1842)


Field Marshall Ramon Castilla y Marquesado (1797-1867)  (President of Peru)


Dr. Jose P. Rizal (1861-1896) (National Hero of The Philippines)


IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE TOP TO BOTTOM 

Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (Spanish Explorer)

Benito Juárez aka Benito Pablo Juárez García (1806-1872)(President of Mexico and national hero)

Simon Bolivar (1783-1830) (Venezuelan  leader of South America's Independence movement)

Jose Marti (1853-1895) (Precursor of Cuban Independence)

 Jose De San Martin (1778-1850) (Liberator of Argentina, Chile, Peru)

Vicente Roccafuerte (1783-1847) (President of Ecuador)

General Bernardo O'Higgins Libertador de Chile (1778-1842)(Liberator of Chile)

 Field Marshall Ramon Castilla y Marquesado (1797-1867)  (President of Peru)

Dr. Jose P. Rizal (1861-1896) (National Hero of The Philippines)