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

Born on the Bayou

Celebrate 50 Years of Bayou Preservation Tonight

"Laura Day" will commemorate the first ship to prove Houston's worth as a port city.

01/18/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

History

The Forgotten Gravestones of Houston’s History

Restoring the city’s oldest African-American cemetery, one headstone at a time.

01/05/2016 By Brittanie Shey

History

100 Years That Changed a City

A photographic inquiry into the nature of us

07/09/2015

Master of His Dome-ain

Meet the Man Who Brought Stunts and Spectacle to the Astrodome

In the early days of the Dome, Judge Roy Hofheinz needed events to fill seats when the Astros weren’t playing. Enter Allen Becker.

04/01/2015 Photography by Michael Hardy

SIC TRANSIT GLORIA

Two Old Men Lament Houston's Progress in 1938

76 years ago, Jesse Ziegler and a fellow octogenarian toured what was left of "Quality Hill," Houston's first blue-blood district. Preservation standards haven't changed much since then.

03/14/2014 By John Lomax

TALES OF OLD MONTROSE

Lamenting the Death of Montrose Is an Old Game

A 34-year-old Houston City article reads like it was written this year.

03/12/2014 By John Lomax

Invective

Houston Deplored: Our Wretched Mudhole Through History

A "city without a single good restaurant," and "infested with Methodists and ants" to boot.

02/27/2014 By John Lomax

HOUSTON HISTORY

Behold: The Oldest Photo of Houston

An 1856 snapshot of 300 Main Street captures a doomed streetscape, but the block has made several comebacks since.

01/14/2014 By John Lomax

Secrets of the Galleria

'A Shopping Center It Is Not. It Will Be a New Downtown.'

What was once a pockmarked Post Oak prairie became a temple to consumerism unlike anything seen before.

12/01/2013 By John Lomax