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Were Allen Brothers Statues Intended to Be a Part of Houston’s City Hall?

In 1836, John and Augustus Allen purchased more than six thousand acres along Buffalo Bayou and founded the city of Houston. Then, 103 years later in 1939, Houston’s present city hall building was completed. Now, as the building prepares to mark its 75th year this December, a group of Houstonians is trying to raise funds […]

Artist’s concept of what statues of the Allen Brothers might look like at Houston’s City Hall.

In 1836, John and Augustus Allen purchased more than six thousand acres along Buffalo Bayou and founded the city of Houston. Then, 103 years later in 1939, Houston’s present city hall building was completed.

Now, as the building prepares to mark its 75th year this December, a group of Houstonians is trying to raise funds to erect statues at city hall honoring the Allen Brothers.

But, as Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty explains, it won’t be as simple as just raising the money.

More:

Allen Brothers Statue Project

Houston Press Article (1939)

Rice Design Alliance Article (1990)

City of Houston’s Office of Cultural Affairs

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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