Rafter Tales: Telling the stories of historic Houston
Welcome to Rafter Tales, Houston’s newest blog dedicated to historic preservation. Like the people who call it home, Houston has an incredibly diverse built environment. From the cottages in Norhill, to the mansions on Courtlandt Place, to the mid-century moderns in Glenbrook Valley, Houston’s historic fabric illustrates a vibrant and thriving history. In the entries to come, we will be exploring and celebrating Houston’s past through the buildings and neighborhoods that have endured.
What can you expect from Rafter Tales?
- Profiles of historic districts, neighborhoods and buildings
- Stories about the people and organizations making positive contributions to Historic Preservation in Houston
- Photos essays showing how Houston grew into the city it is today
- Musings on the state of historic preservation
- Practical advice about living in and maintaining a historic home
- Descriptions and definitions of jargon used in historic preservation
1101 Elder Street
For years a deserted, building caught the attention of motorists passing on I-45 near downtown. Many undoubtedly were curious about what this once-stately structure had been and, in a city slow to preserve its past, were puzzled that it was still standing. Stories circulated that it was haunted, not only because of its ghostly appearance but also because of the cemetery lying beneath it. Finally, in 2004, Jefferson Davis Hospital was rescued by Avenue CDC, a Houston non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable housing. Today the former charity hospital again assumes its regal stance as home to dozens of Houstonians. Read more ...