(Artificial) Winds of Change

How the rise of air conditioning transformed the Bayou City.

Once it arrived in 1923, it didn’t take long for air conditioning to play a major role in the development of Houston. And as local experts explain, Houston would be a much different place without the advent of artificial air.

This story originally aired on PBS NewsHour Weekend on Sunday, July 20. PBS NewsHour Weekend airs Saturdays and Sundays at 6 p.m. on TV 8.

Foley’s Photos Courtesy:

Bob Bailey Studio Photographic Archive, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Foley’s Department Store Records, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries