Houston Deco: Houston's Modernistic Architecture
1201 Franklin Ave. (at Fannin)
Historic name: U.S. Post Office Franklin Station and Federal Office Building
Current name:  Harris County District Attorney’s Building
Completed: 1939
Architect: Louis A. Simon (Washington, D.C.)

Louis A. Simon was supervising architect of the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 1933 to 1939. The U.S. Appraisers Stores on the Houston Ship Channel also bears his name.

Harris County purchased the building in 1978 and remodeled the interior. The county has announced that it intends to demolish the building.

above | façade, 2008
detail (top) | rendering, 1936
detail (center) | Fannin Street entrance, 2008
detail (bottom) | relief, 2008

Photo by David Bush
  Copyright 2014 Preservation Houston | terms of use | contact us