Historic Department Store in Houston Demolished
Dust settles in the street moments after the demolition of the 10-story department store.
The Downtown Houston city block bound by Main, Travis, Dallas, and Lamar streets no longer boasts one of Houston’s oldest department stores. In late September, the 10-story, 791,000-sf structure that was most recently home to Macy’s and formerly housed Foley’s was demolished. Completed in 1947 and designed by Kenneth Franzheim, the building was the last department store in Downtown Houston. The owners plan new retail development for the site.
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Reimagining the Astrodome: Winners to Be Announced at Texas Architects Annual Convention
MACY’S PHOTO BY FILO CASTORE, AIA. ASTRODOME PHOTO BY ARTHUR JONES, FAIA. COURTESY BEN KOUSH.
The architect of the Astrodome, Arthur Jones, FAIA, took this photo shortly after the building was constructed.
The Architect’s Newspaper Southwest Edition and YKK AP will announce the winners of their “Reimagine the Astrodome” design competition on the morning of November 7 at the Texas Society of Architects 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo. The competition called for architects, artists, designers, and students from around the country to submit their concepts on how the Astrodome might be reimagined, repurposed, and reused. The goal was to bring the same energy, innovation, and “can-do” spirit that motivated the construction of the original dome to an architectural proposal that will preserve the historic structure while giving it an imaginative future. The competition was conducted independent of Harris County’s reuse/ preservation efforts and aims to generate innovative and provocative ideas.
Texas Architect 123
This issue explores the value of architectural diversity and creative responses to context. The discussion begins with a series on the three...