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Turns Out Houston Doesn’t Necessarily Bulldoze All Of Its Historic Buildings

In his book, A History Lover’s Guide to Houston, historian Tristan Smith highlights some of the structures we have preserved.


The former Jefferson Davis Hospital is now home to the Elder Street Artist Lofts.


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We often hear that Houston loves to bulldoze its history in exchange for a new strip mall. But Tristan Smith says that's not entirely the case.

His new book, A History Lover's Guide to Houston, chronicles a number of historic buildings in and around downtown that have been preserved and repurposed.

In the audio above, Smith tells Houston Matters host Craig Cohen about some of the historic structures we’ve successfully preserved and how Houston can do a better job of saving such landmarks.

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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