Unboxed

See Three Decades of Houston Black History in Photos

Photographer Louise Martin chronicled everything from MLK to the Houston Freedom Riders and beyond.

02/21/2018 By Josh Davis Photography by Louise Martin

Ice House

Why Doesn't Houston Have Its Own History Museum?

The fourth-largest city in the country doesn't have a museum dedicated to its own past. Why?

12/29/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Hidden Houston

These Riverside Terrace Mansions Have Never Been Open to the Public—Until Now

A historic home tour will take place on December 3.

11/14/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Old Man Yells at Cloud

Houston "Ruined" According to Angry Front Lawn Sign

Was our city "better" in 1947? Given the general lack of air conditioning, for one—no.

07/20/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Hunker Down

A Century of Stormy Weather in Photos

If there's anything that history teaches us, it's that no matter what we do or where we build, this city has and always will continue to flood.

07/18/2017 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt

Houston Proud

Pride and Protests: Remembering the Night Anita Bryant Came to Town

Forty years ago, a protest against a former beauty queen changed Houston's gay community forever.

05/25/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

The Friendly Skies

Ellington Field Celebrates a Century of Flight This Weekend

Houston's first commercial spaceport boasts 100 years of aviation history.

05/08/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

This Place Matters

First of Dislodged Freedmen's Town Historic Bricks Replaced

After an overzealous construction team damaged the priceless historical artifacts, Mayor Turner made good on his promise to set it right.

05/01/2017 Photography by Roxanna Asgarian

The Birthday Party

Dine Like It's 1967 at Brennan's of Houston

What did the beloved restaurant serve 50 years ago? Taste and learn.

04/10/2017 By Alice Levitt

The Drawl

A Look Back to 180 Years Ago, When Houston Was the Capital of Texas

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

03/21/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

History

Remembering the Night Dan Rather 'Sassed' President Richard Nixon

Jones Hall witnessed one of the great press vs. president sparring matches in 1974.

02/21/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Ice House

How Did Heights Funeral Home Grow Into the World's Largest Death-Care Company?

What began as a small family funeral home in the 1920s is now a modern, booming business.

02/20/2017 By Alice Levitt

Higher Learning

Rice University Adds Rapper Pimp C's Archives to Hip-Hop Collection

Along with former rap partner Bun B, Rice professor Anthony Pinn is preserving Pimp C's work for future generations to study.

02/13/2017 By Camilo Smith

Preview

The New Handbook of Houston Features Historic Bayou City Citizens Who Made a Difference

From UH's first black homecoming queen to the woman who helped Houston fight off tuberculosis, these are the people who shaped our 180-year old city.

02/02/2017 By Rafa Farihah

FINALLY

The Astrodome Gets Its Landmark Status from the Texas Historical Commission

No significant alterations can be made—including demolition—without permission from the state.

01/27/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Ice House

How Did the Once-Largest Bank Heist in Houston History Happen?

Fifty years ago, with the Bayou City exploding, a bank that couldn’t keep up paid the price.

01/23/2017 By Adam Doster

Preservation

Saving Houston's History, One Home at a Time

Of the 15 historic Houston homes in this River Oaks oasis originally spared the wrecking ball, 11 will soon be relocated to make room for a high-rise development.

10/27/2016 By Marene Gustin

Hidden Houston

Courtland Place: Going Behind the Gates

How one Montrose neighborhood conserved its century-old charms

10/24/2016 By Jeanne Lyons Davis

Play It Cool

A Look Back at Houston's Cool Past

How did anyone live here before air conditioning? This is how.

07/25/2016 By Jeff Balke

Don't Touch That Dial

Texas's Oldest Black Radio Station Finds a New Home on FM

After a rocky couple of years and a changing of hands, the historic KCOH plays on.

06/23/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian