Paul Building - Houston, Texas
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member JimmyEv
N 29° 45.660 W 095° 21.644
15R E 271736 N 3294637
Quick Description: One of Houston’s earliest Chicago School skyscrapers, this 8-story building was erected in 1907 from a design by Fort Worth architects Sanguinet and Staats. Allen Paul, the building's first owner, installed the ‘P’ ornamentation.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 6/3/2007 5:31:07 PM
Waymark Code: WM1MVF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 43

Long Description:
At a time when ostentatious Beaux-Arts and Victorian design began to wane and Houston architects just wouldn’t let go of the styles they had grown accustomed to, builders and developers turned to architects from other cities. One of those was the Fort Worth firm of Sanguinet and Staats. Organized in 1902, they were the first Texas architectural firm to master the skyscraper design, with a subdued Beaux-Arts style. The firm quickly opened a Houston office, which they maintained until 1926.

Allen Paul chose Sanguinet and Staats for his office building near the Harris County Courthouse, a speculative investment to hold offices for lawyers and others doing business at the courthouse. Many prominent attorneys in the early 20th century had offices in the building, and the U.S. District Court was located here for one year, in 1910. The building was restored in 1978, and still contains offices.

Main Street/Market Square Historic District
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Texas Historical Commission, "Main Street/Market Square Historic District," available at Texas Historical Atlas

Street address:
1018 Preston
Houston, TX USA

County / Borough / Parish: Harris County

Year listed: 1979

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1900-1924

Historic function: Office Building

Current function: Office Building/Starbucks

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 1: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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