Houston Deco: Houston's Modernistic Architecture
2321 Allen Parkway (at Montrose)
Completed: 1929
Demolished: 2006
Architect: Nimmons, Carr & Wright (Chicago)

Sears, Roebuck & Co. spent $1 million to build the company's first Houston store. The somewhat austere Art Deco building had two sales floors and a full basement when it opened in August 1929. Severe flooding in 1935 prompted the company to build a new Art Moderne store on Main Street. From 1943 to 1947, the building was the first Houston home of Baylor College of Medicine. For the last half of the 20th century, the property operated as Robinson Public Warehouse.

above | Allen Parkway entrance, c. 1929
detail (top) | Allen Parkway façade, 1929
detail (upper center)
| Montrose Boulevard façade, 2006
detail (lower center) | brickwork detail, 2006
detail (bottom) | medallion, 2006

Photo courtesy Story Sloane's Gallery
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