Thirty-five years ago this month, Houston's iconic Shamrock Hotel was demolished.
All these years later, longtime Houstonians still talk about the Shamrock, the over-the-top, 18-story, 1,100-room hotel that featured a massive swimming pool big enough to accommodate exhibition waterskiing.
The brainchild of oil magnate Glenn McCarthy, the hotel – with its Irish theme and green-tiled roof – opened on St. Patrick's Day 1949 with celebrities and movie stars flown in for the event.
But, over the years, the hotel struggled to keep up enough occupancy to stay solvent. It was eventually sold to the Hilton Hotels Corporation and later the Texas Medical Center, which had it demolished in 1987 despite public outcry and protests.
All that remains of the hotel is its parking garage, and a parking lot occupies the space the resort itself once stood. Few facts are more fittingly Houston.
While the hotel and its glitz are long gone, its loss may have helped save many other significant structures in our city's landscape – and has plenty to teach us about how historic preservation has changed since.
And he went to Galveston to meet with retired Englished professor Jeff Lindemann, who has a large collection of Shamrock memorabilia and is researching and writing a book about the hotel’s history.
SLIDESHOW: Shamrock Hotel Memorabilia