Houston Deco: Houston's Modernistic Architecture

The Gulf Building symbolizes my conception of the Houston of Today. Both are essentially modern. — Jesse H. Jones, July 29, 1929

For many of Houston’s business leaders, modernistic architecture represented their hopes for the city’s future. The opening of the 36-story Gulf Building in July 1929 marked the high point of the Roaring '20s building boom that was transforming Houston.

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  Petroleum Building
1927, Alfred C. Bossom with Maurice J. Sullivan and Briscoe & Dixon
  The Smart Shop
1928, Alfred C. Finn
  A.C. Burton Co. Chrysler Sales and Service
1929, Joseph Finger
  Gulf Building
1929, Alfred C. Finn, Kenneth Franzheim and J.E.R. Carpenter
  Krupp & Tuffly
1929, Alfred C. Finn
  Levy Bros. Dry Goods/Chamber of Commerce Building
1929, Joseph Finger and Alfred C. Finn
  Medical Arts Building
1929, Andrew Fraser
  Peden Co. Building
1929, James Ruskin Bailey
  Sakowitz Bros.
1929, Taussig & Flesch
  Sears, Roebuck & Co.
1929, Nimmons, Carr & Wright

  Coca-Cola Bottling Plant
1929, Pringle & Smith with Alfred C. Finn

  Houston Turn-Verein Clubhouse
1929, Joseph Finger
  Odd Fellows Hall
1929, Lenard Gabert

  Metropolitan Theater
1926, Alfred C. Finn

  James and Jessie West Mansion
1929, Joseph Finger
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