(Above Photo Credit: Handout and Houston Chronicle)
Step back in time to July of 1939; when our current Houston City Hall’s building construction was completed. The construction workers made between .40 cents up to a whopping $1.85 and hour! Nylons (panty hose) went on sale for the first time…yuck! The Wizard of Oz would be released nationally, on August 25, 1939. The average cost for a new car…$750! A new home might set ya back about $4,000! A loaf of bread about .08 cents (without a coupon or reward card!!!). Anyway…the City Hall building was built in 1939 FYI 🙂 .
Joseph Finger, an Austrian born architect, was awarded the contract to build City Hall despite current Mayor Fonville’s opposition as he wanted A.C. Finn, the architect of the Jefferson Davis Hospital to win the contract.
Mayor Fonville would be the first Mayor to move into the new digs that December. He served as Houston’s Mayor 5 times but not consecutively.
“Daniel MacMorris of Kansas City. The mural depicts industry, culture, law and municipal administration in Houston. In one panel a man appears to be wearing a Confederate officer’s uniform under his cape. Colors of dusty pink, saffron and rosy red were used to blend with the marble and the soft lighting in the lobby. The centerpiece of the mural is a plaster relief of the Western hemisphere, with the star of Houston in the center. The relief is surrounded by the signs of the zodiac. Local artists Grace Spaulding and John and Ruth Uhler assisted in painting the mural. Herbert Schneider of Houston did the gold-leafing. The artists were paid $6,000 for their work.”
Sculpturist, Lori Betz of Porter, Texas was commissioned to create the above pieces. (Left) Augustus Allen (Right) John Kirby Allen (standing at 5’5″) in front of City Hall. We always equate the Allen Brothers as Houston’s founding fathers due to their land purchase in 1836 to start Houston. But where in the world is Charlotte Baldwin Allen????!!!! (I learned about Charlotte from Mr. Rosen of Houston Historical Tours). It was supposedly Charlotte, who was unable to own property as a married woman, (the law back then), that used her money to buy the land! Poor Charlotte – she foots the bill but got no statue!
I just took photos (below) of the photos displayed, but see above for the artist Amit and Naroop – The Sikh Coalition
So there ya have it – it’s not all about politics at Houston’s City Hall 🙂
(Above is over 28 minutes but it is fun to see what it was like back in the day)
YouTube by UH Memories “World War 2 – The University of Houston: War and Growth, 1939-1950”
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Elizabeth and Max