Houston Deco: Houston's Modernistic Architecture
4201 Main St. (at Wheeler)
Completed: 1939
Architect: Nimmons, Carr & Wright (Chicago)

In the 1960s, Sears "updated" the store with aluminum siding and bricked the ground-floor display windows. Rice University now owns the property and leases the building to Sears. The store is threatened by the proposed construction of a Metro transit center.

above | Fannin Street façade, 1939
detail (top)
Main Street façade, 1939
detail (center) | Fannin Street façade, 2006
detail (bottom) | southwest corner, 1939/2008

Photo: Bob Bailey Studio Photographic Archive, Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
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