We see the Main Street Houston in the Downtown between Preston Street on the left and Congress Street on the right. Directly behind this block we can find the Market Square in the Historic District of the largest Texan city. At the same time, historical buildings, especially as a complete street front, are the exception in Houston’s cityscape. Houston’s downtown is shaped by its skyline with a whole series of skyscrapers. 13 of the 20 highest Texas skyscrapers are located in Houston.
Dining & Nightlife
This street block is part of the Dining & Nightlife quarter in Downtown Houston and is characterized by bars, cafes, restaurants and clubs – including Deans Downtown, Clarks/Notsuoh (which is also a clothing store), Casa Blanca Lounge, The Pastry War, The Nightingale Room, El Segundo, High & Dry, Capt. Foxheart’s Bad News Bar, Little Dipper Bar and Boomtown Coffee. Some of the buildings still bear their historical names, such as the Arnold, Stuart and the Sterne Building in the right half of the panorama. The building on the left, with its eye-catching neon advertising, is called the Deans Building. It actually dates back to 1893 (then Kiam Building) and was originally built as a department store. The historical advertisement refers to the various uses up to Dean’s Bar from 1999 onwards. More information can be found in the interview with the current bar operator.
This panorama was one of those presented to the City of Houston as a Fine Art Print during the Year of German-American-Friendship.