Green Space and Outer Space: The Farnsworth & Chambers Building

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By The Heritage Society – This year, the City of Houston celebrates the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Department of Public Parks, now the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD). The department now oversees more than 37,000 acres of developed parks and...

Artistic Impressions of Early Houston

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By The Heritage Society – Historians do not know much about what the new town of Houston looked like in the decades immediately after its founding in August 1836. One early visitor to Houston was a woman named Mary Austin Holley, who was a cousin of Stephen F. Austin. On...

An Irish Hero in Houston

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By The Heritage Society – The city of Houston is known for being a widely diverse place of opportunity for all.  Today, Houston boasts the most diverse population of any city in the United States and has one of the best job markets as well. These facts are often discussed...

The Shamrock Hotel: Gone But Not Forgotten

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By The Heritage Society – The Shamrock Hotel, located on the southwest corner of Main Street and Bellaire Boulevard, opened in 1949 with the grandest St. Patrick’s Day party the city of Houston had ever seen. Glenn McCarthy, who had made and lost millions in the...

Commerce in Early Houston: The Baker-Meyer Building

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By The Heritage Society – Since its unveiling in 2013, the colorful mural painted by Gonzo247 at 315 Travis Street entitled Houston is Inspired has already become a recognizable symbol of Downtown Houston. Under the paint, the building that hosts it represents a much...

The Ice Industry in Houston

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By The Heritage Society – It’s easy to take ice for granted these days, especially when it shoots out of a dispenser on the front of high-tech home refrigerators and is sold by the bag to fill coolers at the beach. This wasn’t always the case. Not so terribly long ago,...

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