Houston Deco: Houston's Modernistic Architecture
5202 Almeda Road (at Southmore)
Completed: 1929
Demolished: 1993
Architect: Joseph Finger
National Register of Historic Places

German immigrants established the Houston Turn-Verein (a gymnastic or athletic club) in 1854 as part of the national Turn-Verein movement. The Turn-Verein helped popularize bowling in the United States. The Houston clubhouse's bowling lanes were located in the one-story rear addition. Although its clubhouse has been demolished, the Houston Turn-Verein organization still exists.

above | façade, c. 1929
detail (top) | entrance, 1978
detail (bottom) | entrance relief detail, 1978

Photo courtesy Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library
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