Building Modern Houston
In the early 20th century, Houston embarked on a building boom in commercial, residential, and civic architecture that redefined the city and skyline. Modernism was a new and fresh architectural expression, and the 1960s brought ground-breaking ceremonies for NASA headquarters and the revolutionary new Astrodome. Building Modern Houston tells the story of Houston’s architecture during its transformation from “Bayou City” to “Space City.”
Houston in the 1920s and 1930s
This entertaining book illustrates how Houstonians lived, worked, and played during both the good times and the bad in the early 1900s. Experience Houston’s exciting period of accelerated growth in the 1920s and 1930s—when skyscrapers set new records in height, the introduction and widespread use of air-conditioning tamed the stifling heat and humidity, and the National Democratic Convention of 1928 showed the rest of the nation what a modern metropolis Houston had become.
In 1891, O.M. Carter purchased 1,756 acres 2.5 miles from downtown Houston to develop one of the largest planned communities in America. By 1896, Houston Heights was an incorporated village with its own elected mayor and aldermen. Vintage images chronicle this charming suburb's development and the residents who have left their imprint. Time has brought change and new challenges to Houston Heights, but the community retains its small-town, friendly atmosphere and strives to maintain its historical identity.">