A Building Worth Saving: Houston Light Guard Armory

Behind a corner gas station and in the shadow of luxury apartments sits one of the finest buildings in Houston, falling into disrepair. Designed by Alfred C. Finn and completed in 1925, the Houston Light Guard Armory building has been abandoned for quite some time. Vagrants and vandals have had their say, as well as Gulf Coast weather and its most recent envoy, Hurricane Ike. The history of the building is regrettably full of misfortune. After only 13 years of service to the Houston Light Guard, the armory was deeded to the state. Attempts to rescue the building have come in fits and starts, so far without success.

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Architecture The historic Gragg Building has the Wright stuff 

On a recent Friday, the headquarters of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department was designated a Texas Historic Landmark and  named to the National Register of Historic Places. This for a building built in 1956. For some in the crowd this was akin to hearing your favorite rock 'n' roll band on the classic rock station.

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Architecture It's a crime more people can't see the new FBI building 

It was a shock to be detained by the FBI, although I can't say I've never been in trouble with the law. We've all been to college, right?

The agent  looked remarkably average with a “guy” haircut, polo shirt, even cargo pants—until I noticed the gun at his hip.

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Too Much of the Same on AIA Home Tour

Houston architecture is nothing if not eclectic.

You can point to many factors contributing to our erratic building styles: Lack of zoning, relatively lax professional regulations and varying codes and restrictions. But this disorganized chaos is part of what makes Houston the exciting, disappointing, potential-laden city it is.

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My first visit to Buffalo Market 

When is the last time you were excited about the opening of a grocery store? I’m talking drooling anticipation, not a mere “Hooray, this one will be seven blocks closer than my current store.” How about so thrilled that it is the topic of conversation over cocktails and at dinner parties?

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